Following his universally acclaimed debut album The Epic, Kamasi Washington’s Harmony of Difference is out now via Young Turks. Get the new EP, which The New York Times hails as “a liberation theology for fearsome times” on digital formats, CD and limited 12” vinyl via http://y-t-r.co/harmonyofdifference.

Furthermore, Washington’s very special fall run of North American headline shows—in partnership with AEG Presents/Madison House Presents—kicks off November 7 in Milwaukee. Upcoming dates include Chicago, New York, D.C., Philadelphia and Atlanta. Please see below for full tour details, tickets for all dates are on sale now at www.kamasiwashington.com.

Harmony of Difference, and its centerpiece “Truth,” are receiving early critical praise:

“It’s macro-musical pacifism…” —The New York Times

“Washington’s work eloquently proposes coexistence and collaboration.” —Rolling Stone

“Like much of Washington’s previous work, “Truth” is incredibly opulent in its maximalist approach. The huge scale makes his music feel like a sacred offering in bleak times.” —Pitchfork

Harmony of Difference premiered as a multimedia artwork at the 2017 Whitney Biennial with a film by A.G. Rojas and paintings by Kamasi Washington’s sister, Amani Washington. Made in partnership with WeTransfer Studios, the film features scenes of Washington’s native Los Angeles.

The new explores the philosophical possibilities of the musical technique known as “counterpoint,” which Washington defines as “the art of balancing similarity and difference to create harmony between separate melodies.” Beyond the artistic impulse to expand the possibilities within counterpoint, Washington wanted to create something that opened people’s minds to the gift of diversity. 

Each of the first five movements is its own unique composition. “Truth,” the sixth movement, fuses all five compositions into one simultaneous performance.  Echoing this fusion, Amani created five paintings focused on raw shapes and colors, each inspired by one of the first five movements of the suite. Amani then combined these paintings to create a sixth: an abstract depiction of a human face. 

“My hope is that witnessing the beautiful harmony created by merging different musical melodies will help people realize the beauty in our own differences.”—Kamasi Washington

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

1. Desire
2. Humility
3. Knowledge
4. Perspective
5. Integrity
6. Truth


November 7 /// Milwaukee, WI /// Turner Hall Ballroom*
November 8 /// Madison, WI /// Majestic Theatre
November 9 /// Minneapolis, MN /// First Avenue
November 10 /// Chicago, IL /// Riviera Theatre
November 11 /// Cleveland, OH /// Agora Ballroom
November 14 /// Urbana, IL /// Canopy Club
November 15 /// Detroit, MI /// Majestic Theatre
November 16 /// Toronto, ON /// Danforth
November 17 /// Burlington, VT /// Higher Ground*
November 18 /// Northhampton, MA /// Calvin Theatre
November 20 /// Boston, MA /// Royale
November 22 /// New York, NY /// Terminal 5*
November 24 /// Washington, D.C. /// MGM National Harbor
November 25 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Union Transfer
November 27 /// Pittsburgh, PA /// Mr. Smalls Theatre
November 28 /// Cincinnati, OH /// Taft Theatre†
November 30 /// Charlottesville, VA /// Jefferson Theater
December 1 /// Richmond, VA /// The National
December 2 /// Raleigh, NC /// Duke Energy Center
December 3 /// Asheville, NC /// The Orange Peel
December 5 /// Birmingham, AL /// Saturn
December 6 /// Athens, GA /// Georgia Theatre
December 8 /// Atlanta, GA /// Variety Playhouse
December 9 /// Nashville, TN /// Marathon Music Works
December 10 /// Louisville, KY /// Headliners Music Hall
December 11 /// Memphis, TN /// New Daisy Theatre