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 is a producer, performing artist and DJ from Mumbai, India. Over the last four years, he has ascended to the very top of India’s burgeoning culture of electronic music on two parallel paths - as a roughneck DJ notorious for breaking ankles, and as a gifted musician and bandleader drawing expansive canvases of rhythm, texture and emotion. In 2018, those paths led him to a DJ set at Dimensions Festival 2018 in Croatia and a string of several live festival dates across India in the winter. In the past, he has shared the stage with the likes of Shigeto, Four Tet, DJ Koze, Teebs, Ratatat, Mount Kimbie and Kutmah, and been featured on boxout.fm, Boiler Room, Sofar Sounds, and COLORS.