Kamasi Washington Directs Short Film and Announces Tour with Herbie Hancock
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The 22-minute production features music from Washington’s Young Turks album, Heaven and Earth, and was created by newly formed film collective The Umma Chroma comprising Bradford Young, Terence Nance, Jenn Nkiru, Marc Thomas, and Kamasi Washington. It’s described as “a cosmic journey of sacred youth, during which pain, pleasure, and sublimation are non-negotiable.”
The Los Angeles saxophonist views the album as the fourth part of the Heaven and Earth release, referring to both sides of the conceptual LP and its bonus EP, The Choice.
Washington adds: “I wanted it to feel loose enough that people could create their own story within the story. It’s kind of like pieces of a puzzle that you can rearrange in different ways.”
Washington also announced a North America joint tour with Herbie Hancock that will run through the summer, with the initial round of dates listed below:
07/30 Vienna, VA—Wolf Trap
08/04 Philadelphia, PA—The Met
08/06 Toronto, Ontario—Roy Thomson Hall
08/07 Huber Heights, OH—Rose Music Center at The Heights
08/08 Detroit, MI—Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre
08/09 or 08/10 (TBC) Chicago, IL—Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
08/14 Denver, CO—The Mission Ballroom
08/16 Seattle, WA—Marymoor
08/17 Portland, OR—Oregon Zoo
08/23 Berkeley, CA—The Greek Theatre