As Kamasi Washington gears up to release his first new music since 2015, WeTransfer premieres his new track Desire and presents an interview with the artist about the thoughts behind it.
Two years after his acclaimed debut album The Epic, saxophonist Kamasi Washington is returning with his new EP, Harmony of Difference. It will be released on Friday, September 29, via Young Turks but today WeTransfer can premiere an exclusive new track. “Desire” is the first track of a six-song suite which makes up the EP.
WeTransfer has created a specially-designed page on This Works to host the new track and explore the ideas behind the project. In an exclusive interview with WeTransfer, Kamasi Washington also shares his thoughts on fashion, identity, and the joys of keeping things in the family.
“We’ve been a supporter of Kamasi Washington throughout the year and we’re proud to have played a small part in the realization of his project. WeTransfer features a lot of amazing music, art and film on our platforms and ‘Harmony of Difference’ is a project that combines all of these elements. We are delighted to be offering a first listen of ‘Desire’ from the Harmony of Difference EP”.
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 Kamasi’s native Los Angeles.
The new music is an original six-part suite that 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.