by Ryan Meehan
NOV 2015 | Music
Whats there to say about Kamasi Washington that cant be expressed in a few short words? Hes an expansive composer, and a meticulous one. In his arrangements, he matches power with restraintwhich is to say, hes patient. On record, his saxophone glides along with a mellow grace and a sharp ear for hooks. On stage, hes affable, charismatic (though soft-spoken), exuding a sensuality checked by vague intimations of the spiritual. But above all, Kamasi Washington is confident.
by Darragh McNicholas
JUL-AUG 2015 | ArtSeen
With the advantage of being mounted, the 6-foot-tall Untitled (pdn63) (1976) dwarfs me. Its a dark and unyielding expanse of blue-green, with thousands of miniscule dots horizontally positioned along an invisible grid, each dot the amber color of a sun setting behind viscous pollution. I stand for a minute in alienated silence before I have any verbal thoughts at all about the work. The scale speaks of grandiosity, the form of objectivity and restraint.