Kamasi Washington

The jazz of the future on stage at Sala Barts

Saxophonist Kamasi Washington, the latest jazz sensation is back in Barcelona with his cosmic intent.

Kamasi Washington is the latest great sensation in jazz, and one of the few musicians playing in the genre in recent years who, setting out from a pure initial approach, looking to the sound of hard bop and free cosmic masters such as Sun Ra and John Coltrane, as well as incorporating new Afro-American sounds like hip-hop and electronic music, has managed to reach a cross genre audience. Kamasi debuted in 2005, but consecrated his name with 2015’s The Epic, a triple album featuring almost 180 minutes of music, which had the peculiarity of appearing on Brainfeeder, a label specializing in abstract hip-hop. In that way, without betraying the precepts of great jazz, Kamasi connected with a young audience. To check the greatness of his sound, just go to see him play at Sala Barts. It will be something like a mystical experience.

Kamasi Washington and his band played in Barcelona for the first time at last year’s Primavera Sound. It was one of the best concerts in the festival, a journey through all the temperatures of modern jazz - from hard bop to the reactivation of Miles Davis cool, cosmic phases and free delusions , and if you missed it, or if you want more of the same, you now have the chance. Kasami Washington will be accompanied by seven musicians, and every one of them wants to reach for the stars.

You’ll find more information on the Sala Barts website, where you can also buy tickets.

Publication date: Thursday, 20 July 2017
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