LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
211 Stockwell Road
Snarky Puppy is truly a different kind of musical animal and the last two years have brought dramatic changes for two-time Grammy-winners.
After a decade of relentless touring and recording in all but complete obscurity, the Texas-bred/New York-based quasi-collective suddenly found itself held up by the press and public as one of the major figures in the jazz world. But as the category names for both of the band’s Grammy awards would indicate (Best R&B Performance in 2014 and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016), Snarky Puppy isn’t exactly a jazz band. It’s not a fusion band, and it’s definitely not a jam band.
As Nate Chinen in the New York Times stated, 'take them for what they are, rather than judge them for what they’re not.'
This 2017 UK tour will see Snarky Puppy play their biggest shows in the country to date, with the band performing material from their new album Culcha Vulcha. Fresh off the heels of their 10th LP, Family Dinner - Volume Two, with this new record the band returned to its roots as an instrumental ensemble. Recorded in rural Texas with no cameras, no audience, and the opportunity to overdub, they have crafted an album much darker and moodier than any before it. The typical flash and bombastic moments that Snarky Puppy is known for have been replaced by a more patient, restrained, and sonically creative approach to both composition and performance.
‘The unstoppable Snarky Puppy – led by composer/bassist Michael League – sound as if they've absorbed and reinvented almost the entire history of jazz fusion.’ (The Guardian)
The night will also feature sets from special guests Becca Stevens and House of Waters.
Always reaching, always expanding, Becca Stevens reinvents herself once again with Regina released on GroundUP Music
Stevens’ style has always evaded categorization, and with Regina, even more so. One hears pop, rock, R&B and funk side-by-side with traditional Appalachian and British folk, classical, world music, and jazz. Intricate instrumentation and rhythms seamlessly intertwine with vocals and melodies that draw you in and stay with you.
‘In today's world, there are no musical boundaries,’ says Max ZT of House of Waters, a trio that makes those words come alive as they incorporate elements of West-African, jazz, psychedelic, indie rock, classical and world music into their astonishingly unique sound featuring Max on hammered dulcimer, Moto Fukushima on six-string bass and percussionist Luke Notary.
This show is part of Snarky Puppy's biggest UK tour to date, playing highly anticipated shows as follows;
Tuesday 2 May | GLASGOW O2 Academy
Wednesday 3 May | GATESHEAD Sage Gateshead
Thursday 4 May | MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Friday 5 May | LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Saturday 6 May | CARDIFF The Tramshead
Sunday 7 May | POOLE The Lighthouse
For booking information on these shows, go to bandonthewall.org