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The New York-based quasi-collective has gone from the best-kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. 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.
Winners of the 2013 GRAMMY award for Best R&B Performance with Something with Lalah Hathaway, they have reached critically-acclaimed heights with funky groundUP hits such as Thing of Gold, Young Stuff and Binky. Snarky Puppy also picked up a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album in 2016.
Fresh off the heels of their 10th album, Family Dinner – Volume Two, their 11th album Culcha Vulcha sees the band return 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 The typical flash and bombastic moments that Snarky Puppy is known for have been replaced by a more patient, restrained, and sonically creative approach to both composition and performance.
“Brilliant musicianship, spirited improv, blazing energy and the kind of impressively vast textures that only a band this size can achieve. But there’s something else, which trumps all of these things. There’s melody. And the kind of melody that tends to stick in your auditory cortex for days on end.” The Arts Desk
“Snarky Puppy’s is a mighty sound and in full flow they can punch holes through the big band, R&B and jazz fusion genres.” London Jazz News
Some of the biggest names in music visit the banks of the Tyne this May and June while we also have innovative talks and performances as part of Thinking Digital Arts 2017 & Hexham Gathering returns.
Sage Gateshead brings you some of the finest jazz acts around.