Kamasi Washington Scores Michelle Obama Documentary
ICM Partners is proud to congratulate our client Kamasi Washington on scoring the Michelle Obama documentary, Becoming.
The Netflix documentary follows the former First Lady of the United States on a remarkable 30-city book tour to promote her best-selling and award-winning memoir Becoming.
In a statement released by the documentary film’s director Nadia Hallgren, collaborating with Washington on the score was called a “dream come true”. “Not only is Kamasi a masterful musician, he also has a unique sensitivity that he pours into his music. His music reaches deeply into your soul. Mrs. Obama loves music, and when I read the line in her book ‘And heaven, as I envisioned it, had to be a place full of jazz,’ I knew immediately Kamasi was the artist that could interpret her experience musically. His sound is contemporary and timeless, a magical fit to her story.”
Washington is an award-winning jazz musician, primarily known for playing the saxophone. The Los Angeles native initially broke out in 2015 with the release of his highly acclaimed first album, The Epic. Washington has since released three additional albums and collaborated with top artists across jazz, hip hop, R&B, rap, and more.
Washington has cited his collaboration on Becoming as one of the greatest honors of his musical career.
“Working w/ the incredible director Nadia Hallgren to create the musical score for this amazing piece was truly a blessing,” the artist wrote on his Twitter page. “I’m so thankful to Michelle Obama & the Obama family, Nadia Hallgren, Netflix, and Higher Ground Productions for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this. Also a huge thanks to all the musicians, engineers, and my team for helping to make it happen. Barack & Michelle Obama’s time as President & First Lady had a profound impact on the history of this country & the world. This film gives a unique insight into that impact. Hope you all enjoy it! If you dig the music we’re gonna release a soundtrack for the film on May 15th!!”
ICM Partners’ is pleased to support Washington through all of his success