Friday, August 8, 2014
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
“…a potent, dance-worthy blend.” – DownBeat
With a contemporary fusion edge and a Brooklyn party band’s street-cred, Snarky Puppy has become known for their swooping dynamics, taking the listener through a world of funk, rock, lush harmonies and jazz melodicism. Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to an internationally respected name in instrumental music, due in fact to their recent award for Best R&B Performance for their song Something featuring vocalist Lalah Hathaway.
Snarky Puppy is a group of musicians from different cultures and traditions and this convergence 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. The group’s latest, groundUP, was recorded live in the studio, in front of a 40-person audience. As their unique recording practices illustrate, they are a band most at home when there is an audience in front of them.
This once Texas, now New York-based quasi-collective has gone from a “best-kept secret” to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. They have garnered acclaim from critical stalwarts such as the BBC, Village Voice, The Guardian and Boston Herald and has performed concerts (over 200 in 2013 alone!) across Asia, Europe, Australia and North America.
Snarky Puppy has become accustomed to using live performance as the vessel for their unique sound, they have taken that mentality into the studio, tracking live and in front of an audience for groundUP, which reached #14 on the Billboard Jazz Charts and #3 on the iTunes Jazz Charts. The group fuses a deep knowledge of jazz and musical tradition with current innovation and aesthetics, as members of Snarky Puppy regular perform with Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake and Marcus Miller. This group’s dynamics and soulful, funky grooves are a delicate and compelling mixture of composition and improvisation that is sure to move your mind and body.
DATE: Friday, August 8, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $30/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
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