Kassa Overall

County: King County

Website: https://www.kassaoverall.com/



Arts Innovator Award 2023
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A Seattle native, Kassa Overall attended Washington MS and Garfield HS. A child drum prodigy, he taught himself to make beats on an MPC and an ASR 10 he acquired at a Seattle Police Department auction. He attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied with NEA Jazz Master Billy Hart. After graduation, Kassa moved to NYC, and was mentored by Wallace Roney. Kassa established himself as an in-demand jazz drummer, touring and recording with Geri Allen, Jon Batiste, Theo Croker, Yoko Ono, and Macarthur Geniuses Steve Coleman and Vijay Iyer, among others. In 2019 and 2020, he released two critically acclaimed studio albums under his own name, and later three mixtapes of jazz remixes. In 2020, he was called “one of modern jazz music’s most audacious futurists” by Pitchfork. That same year, he returned to Seattle. His third full length-album, ANIMALS, was released on May 26, 2023.

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