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Snarky Puppy

After a decade of relentless touring and recording Snarky Puppy are enjoying their status as one of the major figures in the jazz world. Two Grammy awards (Best R&B Performance in 2014, Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016) reflect their continuing success and Snarky Puppy continue to enthral audiences around the world
Snarky Puppy are a collective of sorts with as many as 25 members in regular rotation. At its core, the band represents the convergence of both black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world. The defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy’s music is the joy of performing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively.

The band was formed by bassist and primary composer Michael League in 2003 at the University of North Texas’ Jazz Studies program. Three years later, a serendipitous intersection with the Dallas gospel and R&B community in Dallas, transformed the music into something funkier, more direct, and more visceral.

Independent since their inception almost 13 years ago, Snarky Puppy’s grass-roots approach to the changing music industry has met major critical and commercial success, as well as two Grammy awards in three years. The first was with Lalah Hathaway on Family Dinner – Volume One for “Best R&B Performance” in 2014, and the second in 2016 for “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” with the Metropole Orkest on Sylva, a 60-minute suite of music written by League specifically for the 64-piece ensemble. They have been on the cover of both Jazz Times and Downbeat magazines, the feature story in the Sunday Arts section of the New York Times, voted “Best Jazz Group” in the 2015 Downbeat Reader’s Poll and called “one of the most versatile groups on the planet” by Rolling Stone. They have performed over 1,200 concerts across six continents.

Snarky Puppy is a three-headed animal. First and foremost, it’s a creative music ensemble dedicated to original instrumental music. Secondly, it’s a session band that engages in collaboration with outside artists for special projects, as it has with ensembles like the Metropole Orkest and individuals such as Lalah Hathaway, Laura Mvula, Salif Keïta, David Crosby, N’Dambi, Becca Stevens, and Jacob Collier, to name a few. And lastly, it’s a group of musicians wholeheartedly committed to music education and outreach.

Fresh off of the heels of its tenth album, Family Dinner – Volume Two, the band returned to its roots as an instrumental ensemble with a brand new collection of nine original songs entitled Culcha Vulcha, their first studio album in seven years, which has been nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2017.

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