Led by bassist Michael League Musicians Collective looked forward to a ten-year band history back than 2014 "out of nowhere" won the Grammy for Best RB Performance. Michael League founded Snarky Puppy (to German: biting puppy) 2004 students from the University of North Texas in Denton. To date, the band that has found in Brooklyn / New York a new home, from a pool of about forty musicians, which gives it an unusual flexibility. Feeds
Between 2006 and 2014 Snarky Puppy taught the independent labels Sitmom Records and Ropeadope Records out eight albums. The first four ( "The Only Constant", "The World Is Getting Smaller", "Bring Us The Bright" and "Tell Your Friends") found their way only to a limited audience that, for the original mix of jazz, funk had Rhythm'n'Blues and rock a sympathetic ear. The fifth album "groundUP", after which the band then also called their own label, Snarky Puppy could climb first time in 2012. # 14 in the Billboard jazz charts.
In addition to their regular tours and performances as a session band will find the members of Snarky Puppy that even like to call "The Fam" (abbreviation for "The Family") her band, even time, hundreds of clinics and workshops at colleges, high schools and other to give schools around the world. In one of these workshops, they worked with a native of Burundi singer Bukuru Celestin, with whom she recorded the album "Amkeni" early-2013.
Another hobby of Snarky Puppy is an after-hours concert series that takes place regularly on Friday nights in New York. In these sessions the band ad hoc coincides with singers, musicians and composers who admire them. They were also the basis for the album "Family Dinner Volume 1", the Snarky Puppy 2014 first Grammy earned. Second, they received beginning of 2016. fOr another unusual collaboration with the Dutch Metropole Orkest on the album "Sylva". And with the 2016 published "Family Dinner - Volume 2", which they recorded in New Orleans with guests like Susana Baca, Salif Keita, Jacob Collier, David Crosby, Jeff Coffin, Charlie Hunter, Becca Stevens and Laura Mvula, are Snarky Puppy hot candidates for a Grammy.
On its own label GroundUp Music, which is now distributed by Universal Music, published in 2016 and already solo albums of the two Snarky Puppy keyboardist Bill Laurance ( "Aftersun") and Cory Henry ( "The Revival"), and the debut album of Canadian singer / songwriter Michelle Willis, which can also be heard on "Family dinner Volume 2".
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