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30.06 - 3.07.2021, Gdynia
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Kamasi Washington

Thursday 04/07/2019 ALTER STAGE

In 2015, when he released the three-disc album “The Epic”, Kamasi Washington was hailed as a revelation. Together with his band The Next Step, he presented jazz interspersed with elements of hip-hop and classical soul. Thanks to this genre mix, his progressive music, escaped the standard definition of jazz and went to a wide, young audience. The record became the driving force for further experimentation and cooperation with successive artists who were surprising for this music style - Kendrick Lamar, John Legend, Run The Jewels, and recently even Florence And The Machine. His next album "Heaven and Earth" was received with great enthusiasm by the critics. Pitchfork labelled it ‘Best New Music’ and the appreciation flowed from "Variety", "GQ" and "MOJO". This success established his position in the first division of the most popular jazz musicians in the world. “It’s like now, no door is closed,” he says. “I can go to these small towns around the world, play whatever I want, and people are down to ride. That’s the dream.” Kamasi said to Billboard.

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