Kamasi Washington Announces Fearless Movement

Kamasi Washington announces his new album Fearless Movement will drop on May 3rd via Young. Today he has shared the lead-single "Prologue"
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Kamasi Washington announces his new album, Fearless Movement, will arrive on May 3rd via Young. Along with the news, Washington has shared the track “Prologue,” along with a video directed by longtime collaborator AG Rojas.

Washington unveils plans for an extensive North American tour kicking off May 4 at New York’s Beacon Theatre and culminating with the Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival, which he will co-curate with Herbie Hancock for the second year in a row, on June 16. Washington calls Fearless Movement his dance album. “It’s not literal,” Washington says. “Dance is movement and expression, and in a way it’s the same thing as music—expressing your spirit through your body. That’s what this album is pushing.”

Dance as an embodied form of expression signals a shift in focus for Washington. Where previous albums dealt with cosmic ideas and existential concepts, Fearless Movement focuses in on the everyday, an exploration of life on earth. This change in scope is due in large part to the birth of Washington’sfirst child a few years ago.

“Being a father means the horizon of your life all of a sudden shows up,” says Washington. “My mortality became more apparent to me, but also my immortality—realizing that my daughter is going to live on and see things that I’m never going to see. I had to become comfortable with this, and that affected the music that I was making.” The album features Washington’s daughter—who wrote the melody to “Asha The First” during some of her first
experimentations on the piano—as well as a host of collaborators new and old. André 3000 appears on flute.

George Clinton lends his voice, as do BJ The Chicago Kid, Inglewood rapper D-Smoke and Taj and Ras Austin of Coast Contra, the twin sons of West Coast legend Ras Kass. Washington further enlisted lifelong friends and collaborators Thundercat, Terrace Martin, Patrice Quinn, Brandon Coleman, DJ Battlecat and more.

Kamasi Washington
Fearless Movement

1. Lesanu
2. Asha The First featuring Thundercat, Taj Austin, Ras Austin
3. Computer Love featuring Patrice Quinn, DJ Battlecat, Brandon Coleman
4. The Visionary featuring Terrace Martin
5. Get Lit (featuring George Clinton, D Smoke)
6. Dream State featuring André 3000
7. Together featuring BJ the Chicago Kid
8. The Garden Path
9. Interstellar Peace (The Last Stance)
10. Road to Self (KO)
11. Lines in the Sand
12. Prologue

Kamasi Washington 2024 Tour Dates

May 4—New York, NY—Beacon Theatre
May 5—Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer
May 7—Toronto, QC—History
May 8—Cincinnati, OH—Ludlow Garage
May 9—Detroit, MI—St. Andrews Hall
May 10—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall
May 11—Minneapolis, MN—Fitzgerald Theater
May 12—Omaha, NB—Slowdown
May 14—Houston, TX—House of Blues Houston
May 15—Dallas, TX—House of Blues Dallas
May 16—San Antonio, TX—Empire Theater
May 17—Austin, TX—Empire Garage
May 30—Vancouver, BC—Vogue
May 31—Seattle, WA—The Showbox
June 1—Eugene, OR—McDonald Theatre
June 2—Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom
June 5—Sacramento, CA—Crest Theatre
June 6—Monterey, CA—Golden State Theatre
June 7—San Francisco, CA—Warfield
June 8—Santa Cruz, CA—The Catalyst
June 9—San Diego, CA—Belly Up
June 11—Mesa, AZ—Mesa Arts Center
June 16—Los Angeles, CA—Hollywood Bowl Jazz Fest
July 31—Alexandria, VA—The Birchmere

Pre-order Fearless Movement by Kamasi Washington HERE


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