As far as some of the most inventive sounds of contemporary music goes, the collective Snarky Puppy is in a rather good position with a sound so peculiar that it remains difficult to define: should we speak of R&B, funk, jazz, jazz fusion, nu jazz, progressive rock (yes, some have dared), all at the same time?
The first member to find the solution to these existential anxieties is none other than Michael League, the bass player of the team as well as its frontman, composer and producer, who one day coined the term “jafunkdansion” to try to get a better understanding of the spectrum sweeping through the instrumental and swinging surges of what was initially a group of fellow students from the jazz studies section of the University of North Texas in 2003.
Fifteen years later, the collective has grown substantially in number and Snarky Puppy now counts close to 25 rotating members who, under the code name The Farm, occupy what remains of their free time recording or performing on stage with a variety of high-profile personalities as diverse as Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar or David Crosby to name but a few.
In any case, those days when, by their own admission, the band was touring and hopping from one stage to another in “relative obscurity” are over. Each of their outings now is an event, fueling perpetual movement, physical as well as musical, which they emphasize without the slightest reserve.
The show is on November 21st 2019 at the Opéra Garnier Monte-Carlo!