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Kamasi Washington Returning To New Zealand In October

Kamasi Washington Returning To New Zealand In October

Tuesday 16th July, 2019 8:58AM

US jazz visionary Kamasi Washington is returning to Aotearoa this spring for a special headline event at Tāmaki Makaurau's Powerstation. The genre-bending and globally acclaimed artist knocked locals' socks off at the same venue early last year and with his headline slot at WOMAD 2018, Washington has since released his colossal and cosmic double album Heaven and Earth, an epic spanning over 3 hours sprawled out across four slabs of vinyl (plus a secret bonus disc hidden in the packaging). You can read Aotearoa experimental sax icon Jeff Henderson's in-depth conversation with Washington about his formative years and more here, and scope out the event details below...

Kamasi Washington
Thursday 10th October - Powerstation, Auckland

Presales available from 11.00am, Wednesday 17th July

Watch the awesome clip for 'Street Fighter Mas' from Heaven and Earth...

Press release:

West Coast jazz visionary KAMASI WASHINGTON returns to New Zealand for one very special show at Auckland’s Powerstation on October 10.

When Kamasi Washington released his tour de force LP, The Epic, in 2015, it instantly set him on a path as our generation’s torchbearer for progressive, improvisation music that would open the door for young audiences to experience music unlike anything they had heard before. The 172-minute odyssey featuring his 10-piece band, The Next Step, was littered with elements of hip-hop, classical and R&B music, all major influences on the young saxophonist and bandleader, who exceeds any notions of what “jazz” music is. Released to critical acclaim, The Epic won numerous “best of” awards, including the inaugural American Music Prize and the Gilles Peterson Worldwide album of the year. Washington followed that work with collaborations with other influential artists such as Kendrick Lamar, John Legend, Run the Jewels, Ibeyi and the creation of “Harmony of Difference,” a standalone multimedia installation during the prestigious 2017 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

His mass appeal continues to grow drawing vibrant, multi-ethnic and multi-generational crowds with tour stops at the world’s most prominent festivals such as Coachella, Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, Bonnaroo and Primavera while also releasing his latest offering in 2018, Heaven and Earth. Since his last visit to New Zealand in early 2018, Washington will be bringing his epic brand of jazz to Kiwi audiences off the back of a huge northern hemisphere run alongside legend Herbie Hancock.


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Kamasi Washington
Thu 10th Oct 8:00pm
The Powerstation, Auckland