Now, though, US jazz saxophonist – and Kendrick Lamar collaborator – Kamasi Washington has added his voice into the mix, saying how Brexit will make touring in the country difficult, especially for less established musicians.
“It is not an inviting idea,” he tellsThe Guardian. “There will be the notion of coming to Europe and the ease of travelling from one country to the next. That is part of what makes touring possible for lots of artists.”
“Once it becomes harder to get into a country, just logistically, much more planning would have to be involved.”
Obviously, this would dissuade a lot of smaller acts from visiting, since acquiring visas etc just wouldn’t be worth the effort (or the money). Festivals such as Womad have already seen an impact on their abilities to book artists, after concerns about international travel.
Still, Washington does seem to hold out some hope for British music, calling Britain one of the “leading countries in terms of jazz at the moment” and suggesting a surge in the genre is a reaction to the current political mess.