Kamasi Washington & Kumail
28 August 2019
Royal Opera House
Image Lauren Dukoff
Rising to global limelight in 2015 for his work on Kendrick Lamar’s seminal album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’, Modern-day jazz frontrunner Kamasi earned a reputation as the generation’s torchbearer for progressive improvisational music with the release of his seminal debut album ‘The Epic’. Consequently, the saxophonist, composer, producer and bandleader found his skills in demand by the likes of Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Chaka Khan, Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Wayne Shorter. Furthering his multi-genre and multi-generational appeal with his sophomore album ‘Heaven and Earth’ last year, Kamasi will make his Indian debut with his 9-piece band which features virtuosos like Ronald Bruner on drums, Miles Mosley on bass and Ryan Porter on trombone, among others.
Kumail Hamid is a music producer from Mumbai, has been experimenting with a variety of genres which has led to his current work in what can only be classified under the ambiguous label of "electronic music". His music boldly pushes the level of experimentation of the current "scene" beyond its club friendly confines, exploring the more ethereal regions of sound. Heavily manipulated live recordings coupled with atmospheric synths and meticulously panned rhythm sections form the fundamental characteristics of his tracks. These sonic qualities are moulded together in a variety of structures, a result of his eclectic set of influences.