Born as a typical college band (the original nucleus is made up of students from the University of North Texas) Snarky Puppy has quickly become (the official start dates back to 2004) one of the most popular names in the world of jazz and fusion, terms which, however, in their case are reductive. In reality, the music of Snarky Puppy escapes any attempt at classification precisely because of its ability to centre with extreme ease on the sounds of contemporaneity.
The merit is of a clever, but also natural and spontaneous, mix of multiple genres and trends. Around a stable nucleus of a dozen musicians, rotates a much larger group which is used as needed: a real collective, to use a word in vogue some time ago, to which everyone contributes with their own personality.
What is certain is that in the last few years the band has gained three Grammys (2014, 2016, 2017) and awards from the major specialized magazines such as Jazz Times and DownBeat. Above all, it has gathered fans all over the world for its strong live impact.
The latest album, in studio, entitled Immigrance, points straight to the heart of the problem. “The idea here is that everything is fluid – explains Michael League, bassist, composer and bandleader – that everything is always in motion, and that we are all in a continuous state of immigration,” adding that “the title of the album is obviously not without political insinuations ”.