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Snarky Puppy: Jazz-Funk-World-Soul-Pop
With the release of their live, 2-disc album/DVD “Tell Your Friends” (Ropeadope Records), Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music. The 3-time Dallas Observer Music Award winning group (“Best Jazz Act” 2008, 2009, 2010) has, over the last four years of touring, gained a reputation for putting on a live show unparalleled in energy, virtuosity, and musicianship. They seamlessly fuse a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical- or most carefree- audience. It is, in its physical makeup, a group of musicians from two different cultures and traditions- jazz and rock kids from white America, and gospel/R&B kids from black America. This convergence, which occurred while the band was in its adolescence at the University of North Texas, has naturally established a series of combinations and a system of balance that instantly draws listeners to the music- raw funk and sensitive dynamics, relentless pocket and lyrical melodicism, lush harmony and soulful simplicity, and most importantly, a delicate mixture of composition and improvisation. Snarky Puppy is somewhere between a garage band and a collective, with over 25 players in regular rotation. The core of the group, which remains consistent, features Grammy Award-winners Robert “Sput” Searight on drums (God’s Property, Snoop Dogg) and Shaun Martin on keys (Kirk Franklin, Erykah Badu). Its other members are mainstays with artists like Erykah Badu, Marcus Miller, P Diddy Dirty Money, The Polyphonic Spree, Snoop Dogg, Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor, Morcheeba, Tower of Power, Ari Hoenig/Adam Rogers, Kenny Garrett, Yo-Yo Ma, Lucy Woodward, and Bilal, among many more. The group was conceived and is held together by award-winning bassist/guitarist/composer/arranger Michael League, whose creative grass-roots approach to a tougher-than-ever industry has created a most unique musical animal. It is a three-headed creature: first, and most obviously- an original music ensemble. Second- a production team and session band for individual artists. Third, and probably most importantly- Snarky Puppy is a group of musicians unanimously and enthusiastically committed to music education and community outreach. Working with groups like ROAM (Roots Of American Music) in inner city Cleveland and the Music Lab at Jefferson Center in Roanoke, as well as giving clinics at over 40 colleges, high schools, and middle schools worldwide, the band has made a strong commitment to spreading a love of music and general positivity to a young generation looking for something real to hold on to. Currently, Snarky Puppy is touring to prepare for their next live, in-studio album/DVD, to be recorded over 5 days in New Orleans this fall for Ropeadope Records.
One Tribe Nation: One Tribe Nation is an Afro-Latino-Funk-Rock band that proudly represents the hidden beauty, and multi-dimensional spirit of Los Angeles today. Their latest release offers a thoughtful, and provocative glimpse into the American soul, and life, in Southern California, at the dawn of a brave new century. Stylistically, this album builds upon the Latin Funk energy of guitarist Michael Sanders’ critically acclaimed debut “Servants Of A Lesser God”, which featured session players from such diverse artists as Santana, Pink, The Rolling Stones and The Goo Goo Dolls. The record was praised as a brilliant mix of unlikely souls brought together by the combined vision of Sanders and producer/drummer Joshua Eagan. This time, however, Michael has expanded his one time solo project into one of the most interesting and diverse collaborations that the city has to offer. Opting for a true democracy instead of absolute creative control has surprisingly made the album more cohesive than Michael’s previous efforts, and is just one more advance in communicating his original vision of a single world community. “The concept of a One Tribe Nation is based upon the simple idea that, as a species, our similarities outweigh our differences,” explains Sanders. “Utopian as it may sound, that’s the simple idea we’re trying to get across, that it’s possible, within each of us, to choose to have a more inclusive world view. We believe that One Tribe Nation represents many of the most colorful, and positive aspects of life in The City Of Angeles by virtue of the group’s racial dynamic, musical diversity, and progressive ideology.” Joining Michael on this album is his long-time friend and collaborator ,Dave Filice( Ritchie Kotzen, Bono, Edge) on bass, multi-instrumentalist, Quetzal Guerrero, on vocals, and former session/touring musician and ex-music professor, David Cowan, on drums. With the new lineup in place, and with guidance and wisdom provided by producer Chris Baseford (Rob Zombie, Tommy Lee) 2012 is shaping up to be a defining year for the concept of a One Tribe Nation.