April 12, 2017
Stirring new music from the saxophonist.
Spiritual jazz heavyweight and Kendrick Lamar collaborator Kamasi Washington has unveiled his first new solo project since 2015’s sprawling jazz opus The Epic.
Signed to Young Turks, Washington will release Harmony of Difference this summer and has teased the EP with a stunning 15-minute film directed A.G. Rojas for new track ‘Truth’.
A six-movement musical suite that ducks and dives effortlessly between orchestral grandeur, spiritual jazz, hard-bop improvisation and hip-hop, ‘Harmony of Difference‘ was premiered earlier this year at the Whitney Biennial.
Featuring five original movements, fused into one simultaneous performance piece in the final act, the concept plays with the idea of harmony in South Central and East Los Angeles. ‘Truth’ is the sixth movement, which you can hear below.
The EP artwork, contributed by Kamasi’s sister Amani Washington, follows a similar structure, with her five initial pieces created five pieces combined to create a sixth painting that reveals a human face.
“My hope is that witnessing the beautiful harmony created by merging different musical melodies will help people realize the beauty in our own differences,” Washington said of the project.
Released digitally now, look out for physical pre-orders in the coming weeks and check out the artwork below.