Happening in March, Golden Plains festival will be bathed in cosmic waves from a particularly jazz-heavy line-up. Many of the acts are prone to experimentation and improvisation, first and foremost Kamasi Washington and Thundercat.
The saxophonist and bass player came up together in LA and both have released albums on Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label; they take as much influence from Parliament-Funkadelic as they do Sun Ra and Alice Coltrane. The pair also contributed to Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 masterpiece To Pimp a Butterfly. They are playing separate sets but expect to see them on stage together during both.
Although not technically part of the jazz scene, the members of Grizzly Bear all have Jazz training, and Floating Points’ (who will play a live solo set) last full length, Elaenia, was heavily influenced by the genre; applied across its mercurial electronic productions.
It’s safe to say more than a few jazz records were among the 3500 that made up the Avalanches debut Since I Left You. Crazed electronic productions also come from Adrian Sherwood, the legendary dub and post-punk producer whose career has spanned more than 30 years.
Expect plenty of improvised shredding from Austin psych-rock band the Black Angels.
The bands mentioned above are just a few of the highlights. Head to the Golden Plains site to enter the ticket ballot. Full announcement below.
Golden Plains 2018
The Black Angels
Floating Points (Solo Live)
Lee Fields and The Expressions
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