KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl will present Saxophone virtuoso, composer, band leader, Kamasi Washington and rapper, songwriter Earl Sweatshirt on Sunday, Sunday July 18, at 7:00 pm.
Kamasi Washington’s progressive, improvisational music has led the way for audiences to experience music unlike anything they had heard in the past.. The widely lauded bandleader introduced hip-hop audiences to the lineage of spiritual jazz and hard bop with 2015’s The Epic featuring his 10 piece band, and winning numerous “Best Of” awards. An artist whose multidisciplinary work has garnered him Grammy ® and Emmy ® nominations, spots at Sundance Film Festival and the Whitney Biennial, and the inaugural American Music Prize, he’s been called “one of today’s more popular musicians of any kind, as well as an ambassador for Los Angeles’s thriving scene” by The New York Times.
Earl Sweatshirt is the virtuosic byproduct of Los Angeles’ fertile ground, where hip-hop sowed its seeds and historic cultural movements were born. The prodigiously gifted writer, lyricist, and producer grew from the climate from which contemporary collectives in hip-hop today were predicated. And while most movements become fleeting as soon as they arrive, Earl pushed forward, documented his growth and self-discovery on record, and cemented himself as one of the foremost culturally relevant MCs in the game—one who never strayed too far away from his Los Angeles beat-scene roots.