Snarky Puppy - “One Of The More Versatile Groups On The Planet Right Now” (Rolling Stone) - Will Release New Album Culcha Vulcha April 29th On GroundUP Music/Universal Music Classics

First Studio Album In 8 Years Comes Quickly On Heels Of Second GRAMMY And Acclaimed Family Dinner Volume Two

North American Leg Of 2016 World Tour Kicks Off April 28th At New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest 

March 29, 2016 – No cameras. No audience. To record Culcha Vulcha, their 11th album and first true studio album in eight years, Snarky Puppy decamped to a pecan orchard at the remote Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, TX, a five-minute walk from the Mexican border. The Texas-bred/Brooklyn-based collective used a week in isolation to record nine original tracks that showcase a darker hued sound while also proving why Rolling Stone calls them “one of the more versatile groups on the planet right now.” Influenced by the travels of their nearly constant world tours, which have seen the band play over 1,200 shows on six continents, sounds from places like Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires effortlessly mingle with strains of Motown, vintage J.B.’s and the music of Dallas, TX churches that were so crucial to Snarky Puppy’s formative years. Culcha Vulcha, out April 29th on GroundUP Music/Universal Music Classics, finds Snarky Puppy utilizing a sonically creative approach to both composition and performance. The melodies are intricate, the counterpoint is fluid, and groove reigns supreme in mixes that are bass and percussion-heavy. 

The album begins with a funky mix of Dallas and Mumbai called “Tarova,” or as the band lovingly refers to it, “First Bollywood Baptist.” Dallas keyboard legend Bobby Sparks (Marcus Miller, D’Angelo, Lalah Hathaway) takes the first solo of the album while retro horn, piano, and organ sounds provide a sharp contrast with a contemporary groove rich in Southern accent and Indian percussion. Things take a darker turn with Justin Stanton’s “Gemini,” a downtempo brew with Motown as the base. Slide guitars, effected violin, and rich vocal pads from trumpeter Mike “Maz” Maher provide an eerie gloss over the constant pulse of Larnell Lewis and Robert “Sput” Searight’s unison drum patterns, while a driving, McCartney-esque bassline from Michael League keeps the low end rich and dominant throughout. “Big Ugly” is a slow burn, unhurriedly working its way through eerie melodies and mellotron chords to a heavy, syncopated groove that serves as the foundation for an electric violin solo from Zach Brock. Things get sparse to make way for three-part Moog melodies and the instantly-recognizable sound of Bobby Sparks on clavinet before a simple, powerful groove develops with the aid of massive drum sounds and a sea of analog synthesizers as Cory Henry soars above it on Moog. 

The “D.I.Y juggernaut” (New York Times) released the acclaimed album Family Dinner Volume Two in February, featuring collaborations with David Crosby, Laura Mvula, Salif Keita, Becca Stevens and more. Snarky Puppy also won a “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” GRAMMY that same month for Sylva, their 2015 collaboration with the Metropole Orkest. It was their second win, following a “Best R&B Performance” GRAMMY for the Lalah Hathaway collaboration “Something” in 2014. The band made their SXSW debut earlier this month, and were picked as one of the “25 Artists You Need To See” at the festival by Rolling Stone.

The band will continue their 2016 World Tour with a North American leg that kicks off with a set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest on April 28.

Snarky Puppy 2016 World Tour Dates

April 28 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest

April 29 – Reno, NV - Reno Jazz Festival

April 30 - Atlanta, GA – Terminal West

May 1 – Raleigh, NC – North Carolina Museum of Art

May 2 - Bethesda, MD - Bethesda Blues & Jazz

May 3 – Jamaica, NY - Milton G Bassin PAC

May 4 - Boston, MA - House of Blues

May 5 – Syracuse, NY – Landmark Theatre

May 6 - Potsdam, NY – SUNY Potsdam, Hosmer Hall

May 7 - Buffalo, NY -  Town Ballroom

May 8 - Munhall, PA - Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall

May 9 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom

May 10 – Flint, MI – Machine Shop

May 11 – Hilliard, OH – Park Street Saloon

May 12 - Covington, KY - Madison Theater

May 13 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue Theatre

May 14 - Chicago, IL - The Concord Music Hall

May 16 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room

May 17 - Nashville, TN -  City Winery

May 18 - Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall

May 19 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater

May 20 - Austin, TX -  Scoot Inn

May 21 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall

May 22 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall

May 24 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre

May 25 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel

May 26 – Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre

June 9 – Melbourne, Australia – Forum Melbourne

July 8 – Rotterdam, Netherlands - North Sea Jazz Fest

July 9 – Barcelona, Spain - Cruilla Festival

July 10 – Belgium – Liege Les Ardentes

July 11 – Vienna, Austria - Jazz Fest Wien, Wiener Rathaus

July 13 – Sete, France - Jazz a Sete

July 15 – Pori, Finland – Pori Jazz Festival

July 22 – San Sebastian, Spain - San Sebastian Festival

July 23 – Valletta, Malta - Malta Jazz Festival

July 24 – Bari, Italy - Locus Festival

July 25 – Florence, Italy, Estate Fiesolana Vivere Jazz Festival

July 26 – Marseille, France - Marseille Jazz Festival

July 28 – Vannes, France - Jazz a Vannes

July 31 – Marciac, France - Marciac Jazz Fest

August 15 – Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene

August 16, 17 – Copenhagen South, Denmark – Amager Bio

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