KAMASI WASHINGTON’S HEAVEN AND EARTH OUT JUNE 22

“FISTS OF FURY” AND “THE SPACE TRAVELERS LULLABY” DEBUT TODAY

“‘The world that my mind lives in, lives in my mind.’
This idea inspired me to make this album Heaven and Earth. The reality we experience is a mere creation of our consciousness, but our consciousness creates this reality based on those very same experiences. We are simultaneously the creators of our personal universe and creations of our personal universe. The Earth side of this album represents the world as I see it outwardly, the world that I am a part of. The Heaven side of this album represents the world as I see it inwardly, the world that is a part of me.
 Who I am and the choices I make lie somewhere in between.”

Kamasi Washington

Groundbreaking artist Kamasi Washington’s highly anticipated sophomore album Heaven and Earth is set for release June 22 via Young Turks. Two songs from the double album debut today, listen to Earth’s “Fists of Furyhere and Heaven’s “The Space Travelers Lullabyhere.  

The long-awaited follow up to Washington’s debut The Epic, Heaven and Earth is comprised of two halves, which find Washington confronting quotidian realities with cosmic themes. A further investigation of Washington’s world building ideas, the new album explores his reckoning with current global chaos and his vision for the future.

“Fists of Fury” and “The Space Travelers Lullaby” debut today alongside a pair of accompanying scenes created by acclaimed British artist and director Jenn Nkiru. The visual pieces are inspired by a more expansive collaborative Heaven and Earth film project that is due for release later in the year.

Washington convened his band, The Next Step, as well as members of the long running collective The West Coast Get Down at Henson Studios in Los Angeles to record the 16 tracks on Heaven and Earth. The music was composed, written and arranged by Washington, with new arrangements of jazz and bebop legend Freddie Hubbard’s “Hubtones” and iconic kung fu film theme “Fists of Fury,” as well as one song by bandmate Ryan Porter. Thundercat, Terrace Martin, Ronald Bruner, Jr., Cameron Graves, Brandon Coleman, Miles Mosley, Patrice Quinn, Tony Austin and many more contribute to the album.

Heaven and Earth
, over two and a half hours of music, will be available on double deluxe CD and a four piece vinyl housed in bespoke double gatefold sleeve, in addition to all digital services. The album is available to pre-order via http://y-t-r.co/heavenandearth

To celebrate the release of Heaven and Earth, Washington will tour globally with stops in London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Tokyo and beyond. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets for select dates before the general public beginning April 18 at 10 a.m. local through Thursday April 19 at 10 P.m. local.

Kamasi Washington is a multi-instrumentalist and producer born and raised in Los Angeles. He grew up playing jazz in the city’s storied Leimert Park neighborhood under the tutelage of his father, Rickey Washington. Forming his first band, the Young Jazz Giants, with Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, Ronald Bruner, Jr. and Cameron Graves in high school, Washington went on to study ethnomusicology at UCLA and play with Snoop Dogg, Raphael Saadiq and more. His debut album, The Epic, was released in 2015 to rapturous critical reception, universally embraced as one of the best of the year and awarded the inaugural American Music Prize. Heaven and Earth follows The Epic as well as Washington’s 2017 EP Harmony of Difference, an exploration of the musical concept of counterpoint that debuted as an original work for the 2017 Whitney Museum of Art Biennial.

For more information, please contact Carla Sacks, Reid Kutrow or Asha Goodman at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.


KAMASI WASHINGTON—
HEAVEN AND EARTH

I. EARTH
1. Fists of Fury
2. Can You Hear Him
3. Hubtones
4. Connections
5. Tiffakonkae
6. The Invincible Youth
7. Testify
8. One of One

II. HEAVEN
9. The Space Travelers Lullaby
10. Vi Lua Vi Sol
11. Street Fighter Mas
12. Song for the Fallen
13. Journey
14. The Psalmnist
15. Show Us the Way
16. Will You Sing


KAMASI WASHINGTON LIVE
*with Vulfpeck
†with Alt-J
‡with Sylvan Esso


April 15 /// Indio, CA /// Coachella Music and Arts Festival
April 22 /// Indio, CA /// Coachella Music and Arts Festival
April 27 /// Morrison, CO /// Red Rocks Amphitheater*
May 2 /// London, U.K. /// Roundhouse
May 4 /// Manchester, U.K. /// Albert Hall
May 5 /// Glasgow, U.K. /// QMU
May 6 /// Cheltenham, U.K. /// Cheltenham Jazz Festival
May 8 /// Lyon, France /// Nuits Sonores @ Auditorium de Lyon
May 9 /// Paris, France /// Bataclan
May 11 /// Coutances, France /// Jazz Sous les Pommiers @ Salle Marcel Hélie
May 12 /// St Gaudens, France /// Festival Jazz a Comminges @ Parc des Expositions
May 13 /// Madrid, Spain /// Riviera
May 14 /// Barcelona, Spain /// Razzmatazz
May 16 /// Milan, Italy /// Santeria Social Club
May 17 /// Zurich, Switzerland /// Kaufleuten Zurich
May 18 /// Munich, Germany /// Theaterfabrik
May 19 /// Vienna, Austria /// Wiener Konzerthaus
May 20 /// Diersbach, Austria /// INNtone JazzFestival
May 22 /// Krakow, Poland /// Studio
May 23 /// Prague, Czech Republic /// Arhca Theatre
May 24 /// Warsaw, Poland /// Stodola
May 25 /// Berlin, Germany /// Astra
May 27 /// Cologne, Germany /// Live Music Hall
May 28 /// Nijmegen, Holland /// Doornroosje
May 29 /// The Hague, Holland /// Paard
May 30 /// Brussels, Belgium /// Salle De La Madeleine
June 1 /// Amsterdam, Holland /// Paradiso
June 2 /// Hamburg, Germany /// Elbjazz Festival
June 3 /// Copenhagen, Denmark /// Pumpehuset
June 15 /// New York, NY /// Forest Hills Stadium†
June 16 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Rock the Garden
June 23 /// Pasadena, CA /// Arroyo Seco
June 24 /// Vancouver, BC /// Queen Elizabeth Theatre
June 25 /// Saskatoon, SK /// Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
June 29 /// Waitsfield, VT /// Friendly Gathering
June 30 /// Montreal, Quebec /// Festival International de Jazz de Montreal
July 12 /// Berkeley, CA /// Greek Theater‡
July 25 /// Detroit, MI /// Chene Park Amphitheater
August 4 /// Dublin, Ireland /// Beatyard Festival
August 5 /// Oxfordshire, U.K. /// Wilderness Festival
August 7 /// Mainz, Germany /// Frankfurter Hof Mainz @ Zitadelle Mainz
August 9 /// Antwerp, Belgium /// Jazz Middelheim
August 10 /// Copenhagen, Denmark /// HAVEN
August 11 /// Gothenburg, Sweden /// Way Out West
August 12 /// Helsinki, Finland /// FLOW
August 17-19 /// Tokyo, Japan /// Summer Sonic Festival
October 17 /// Seattle, WA /// The Showbox
October 18 /// Portland, OR /// Crystal Ballroom
October 19 /// San Francisco, CA /// TBA
October 20 /// San Luis Obispo, CA /// Fremont Theater
October 22 /// Santa Fe, NM /// Meow Wolf
October 24 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// The Complex
October 25 /// Aspen, CO /// Belly Up
October 26 /// Denver, CO /// Ogden Theatre
October 27 /// Boulder, CO /// Boulder Theater
October 29 /// Kansas City, MO /// The Truman
October 31 /// Iowa City, IA /// The Englert Theatre
November 1 /// Minneapolis, MN /// TBA
November 2 /// Madison, WI /// TBA
November 3 /// Chicago, IL /// Riviera Theatre
November 5 /// Toronto, CA /// Sony Centre for The Performing Arts
November 7 /// Portland, ME /// State Theatre
November 8 /// Boston, MA /// Royale
November 9 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Electric Factory
November 10 /// Washington D.C. /// Lincoln Theatre
November 14 /// Richmond, VA /// The National
November 15 /// Raleigh, NC /// The Ritz
November 16 /// Nashville, TN /// Marathon Music Works
November 17 /// Atlanta, GA /// Buckhead Theatre