Kamasi Washington to Play Duke Energy Center This December

Kamasi Washington to Play Duke Energy Center This December

Music titan Kamasi Washington's new EP Harmony of Difference, the first new music from Washington since his universally acclaimed 2015 debut album The Epic, is out September 29 via Young Turks.

Furthermore, Washington has confirmed a very special run of North American headline shows this fall in partnership with AEG Presents. The dates kick off November 7 in Milwaukee, with further shows in Chicago, New York, D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta and many more.

He will arrive on December 2 in Raleigh, NC at the Duke Energy Center. Tickets for the Raleigh show go on sale Friday at 10am at the Duke Energy Center Box office, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone 1-800-745-3000.

Please see below for full tour details; pre-sales begin August 1 at 10 a.m. local time. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, August 2 at 10 a.m. local time through Thursday, August 3 at 10 p.m. local time. Tickets go on sale to the public August 4 at 10 a.m. local time unless otherwise noted.

Harmony of Difference premiered as part of the Whitney Museum of American Art 2017 Biennial alongside a film by Rojas and also featuring artwork by Kamasi Washington's sister, Amani Washington. 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.

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.

The film, directed by A.G. Rojas, brings the metaphoric ideas found in both the music and paintings to life. While still quite abstract, it focuses on the harmony found in people from South Central and East Los Angeles and shows the beauty in their differences.

Harmony Of Difference will be available on all digital services, as well as on 12" vinyl with a 14-page concertina booklet featuring original artwork by Amani Washington and still images from the film by A.G. Rojas on September 29. It is available to pre-order via y-t-r.co/harmonyofdifference.

"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


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

*on sale at 12 p.m. local time
†on sale at 11 a.m. local time

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