Nearly 2000 shows, 13 albums, 4 Grammy awards, 8 JazzTimes and Downbeat awards, hundreds of master classes at educational institutions all over the world and many more… Snarky Puppy unites us with their latest album Live At The Royal Albert Hall, that has already embraced the Grammy award.
Combining jazz, funk, rock and various world music, the US instrumental ensemble Snarky Puppy will be at Zorlu PSM Turkcell Stage on the evening of 5 November!
Founded by Michael League in 2004 when he was a college student in Denton, Texas, Snarky Puppy has a long history of 18 years of success, where they jumped brand new steps in their careers. The group has managed to take a full rein in the history of music, with a history ranging from their own record companies to collaborations with various artists and even social responsibility projects such as organizing concerts in underserved areas.
Let’s take a quick look at Snarky Puppy’s massive history…
With the release of the collaborative Family Dinner - Volume One in 2013, the band got its first real break. Lalah Hathaway’s performance of the song “Something” earned her and Snarky Puppy their first Grammy awards (for “Best R&B Performance). They continued touring rigorously, releasing the Euro-centric We Like It Here in 2014, the Grammy-winning Sylva alongside the Metropole Orkest (conducted by Jules Buckley) in 2015, and both Family Dinner - Volume Two (featuring artists like David Crosby, Jacob Collier, Salif Keita, and Laura Mvula) and the Grammy-winning studio album Culcha Vulcha in 2016.
The following year, Snarky Puppy launched the first annual GroundUP Music Festival, an intimate gathering of 1,500 music listeners and 25-30 groups from all over the world and across the musical spectrum in Miami Beach, Florida. Past performers include Esperanza Spalding, Lionel Loueke, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones Trio, Tank & The Bangas, Concha Buika, Eliades Ochoa (of the Buena Vista Social Club), Susana Baca, and The Wood Brothers, among many more.
Through all of this, Snarky Puppy continues to look forward. March 2022 sees the recording and release of their 14th album, Empire Central, an unapologetic love letter to Dallas, the place where it all began back in 2004. Recorded in front of a live audience over 7 days, this will be their most ambitious and expansive project to date. This album will be shared with the world in September and debuted live during the European tour in October and November.
Snarky Puppy will meet their audience in Istanbul on the evening of November 5 at Zorlu PSM.