Kamasi Washington recently treated Adult Swim Festival to a special performance of his 2017 EP Harmony of Difference, played in its entirety.
This was the first time Washington and his band had performed the record in full. At the start of the set, the saxophonist explained how the EP’s first five songs culminated in its final track, the 13-minute epic “Truth.”
“In ‘Truth,’ you’re going to hear us play all five of those melodies at the same time,” Washington said. “It’s a metaphor for life, because no matter how beautiful we are separate, we are more beautiful and more amazing together.”
Besides Washington, other jazz musos booked for the free livestream festival included Thundercat (who dueted with Ariana Grande on a rendition of “Them Changes”) and Colin Stetson. Other artists on the eclectic, extensive line-up were Kaytranada, Mastodon, Rico Nasty and JID.
Besides his Adult Swim set, Washington also shared a new version of the music video for “Truth,” directed by AG Rojas. “This director’s cut of ‘Truth’ pays homage to my Pops Rickey Washington[’s] lifelong work as a music teacher and my amazing aunt Lula Washington[’s] pioneering work teaching dance in South Los Angeles,” Washington wrote on social media.
“I feel blessed to come from a family that celebrates all forms of art and so grateful to AG & his team for this new beautiful version of the video!”
Washington’s last album was the 2018 double LP Heaven and Earth. Earlier this year, he recorded a soundtrack for Becoming, the Netflix documentary about Michelle Obama, and joined forces with Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper and 9th Wonder to release an album as Dinner Party.
Watch the director’s cut of “Truth” below:
And savor Washington’s Adult Swim Festival set here: