We are happy to present Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu) on tour with his album. Stings, which spans 11 tracks, is rooted in the South London jazz scene that birthed him, but “levitates into the impressionist symphonies of Claude Debussy,” we’re told, “and the cosmic realm of futuristic hip-hop and electronic beats.” ⟶ Book your Ticket
In addition to the album’s main body of work which stays in the orchestral framework, he will release three digital singles that are not included in the physical record but expand and inform the world of Stings. Through these pieces we see Williams explore electronics and vocals on new material like lead single PKKNO.
The album follows 2018’s The Return and 2020’s Wu Hen. It was recorded in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago over the first months of 2022. The project began during the pandemic. For the first time in his career, the Peckham-bred artist was fully independent. No label or booking agent in his ear. Time for isolation, reflection, and spirituality.
Born in London and of Taiwanese descent, Kamaal Williams is the creator and founder of the London-based jazz duo Yussef Kamaal, and the album Black Focus reinstated a new wave of jazz in the United Kingdom. For the release, Kamaal Williams comes to Berghain with violinist Stephanie Yu.
Stephanie Yu is a Juilliard-trained violinist, DJ and composer who is active in numerous projects in the vibrant Los Angeles music scene. She has collaborated with experimental electronica producers like King Britt and Ase Manual, and played in live bands for artists like Beyoncé, Deadmau5, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, and countless others.
Kamaal Williams ft. Stephanie Yu — Stings Album Launch
Wednesday, 4.10.2023 | Doors 19:30 | Starts 20:30 CET
Berghain | Am Wriezener Bahnhof in 10243 Berlin