Forq Releases Second Single, "Cowabunghole"
Forq just released the second single from their forthcoming record, "Thrēq."
"Cowabunghole," written by Chris McQueen and titled by Becca Stevens, is a surfy jam that brings to mind early 60s surf rock with a modern spin. Perfect for Summer listening!
Watch "Cowabunghole" here!
Pre-Order "Thrēq" here:
Banda Magda's "Tam Tam" Premieres on JAZZIZ
Banda Magda is back with the second single from their forthcoming album, "Tigre."
On "Tam Tam," the group creates a rich and dense sound through utilization of various orchestral and worldly instruments such as a harp, violins, and accordion, in addition to the standard western instrumentation of drums, bass, and guitar.
This upbeat track is sure to bring a smile to your face and lighten up your day!
Listen to "Tam Tam" here!
This Week in GroundUP's World - 07/17/17
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Forq Releases New Single! Third Album, "Thrēq," Available for Pre-Order
The new album from your favorite supergroup Forq is coming August 4. Reserve your copy today and pre-order it now!
Bokanté Heads to Europe!
After a wonderful start to their first world tour in North America, Bokanté heads overseas for the remainder of their dates.
See where they'll be and get tickets here!
Watch their latest video, "Vayan," here!
Bill Laurance Summer Tour 2017
After a residency at the Cotton Club in Japan, Bill is headed to Europe for a string of July shows!
Get tickets here!
"Strange Circles" is out today!
Today is the day! Bokanté's debut album, "Strange Circles," is out (with a 2-month tour starting next week).
Banda Magda Trailer Launch!
We are happy to announce that Banda Magda's newest record, "Tigre", will be released in September 2017 on Verve Music Group/GroundUP Music!
Watch the trailer here!
FORQ - Batch (CD/DVD) Available Everywhere!
FORQ's record, Batch [CD/DVD], is available everywhere today!
Forq is made up of Chris McQueen on Guitar (Snarky Puppy, Foe Destroyer, etc.), Rudder founder Henry Hey on keyboards (Jeff "Tain" Watts, Joe Locke, Chris Botti, Bill Bruford, Seamus Blake, David Bowie, Empire of the Sun), Snarky Puppy founder and Grammy Award-winner Michael League on bass (Kirk Franklin, Wayne Krantz/Ari Hoenig Quartet, Lalah Hathaway), and Jason "JT" Thomas on drums (Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor, Marcus Miller, D’Angelo). Forq is an all-star ensemble of sorts - but with the spirit and cohesiveness of a garage band.
Though based in New York City, the group retains a subtle Texas accent, where Michael League and Jason "JT" Thomas established a fast friendship and musical rapport through almost two years of weekly gigs in legendary keyboardist Bernard Wright’s trio. Upon moving to the east coast, League teamed up with Henry Hey and Adam Rogers (who are East Village neighbors, by coincidence) to form a group rooted deep in that distinctly southern groove, but with with both the fire and inventiveness that NYC is known for. Hey and Rogers contribute all but one of the tracks on Forq’s debut album, a mixture of fierce, playful, and soulful material. It’s the Texas-meets-Manhattan cocktail that has a created a sound rich in both musical intelligence and undeniable pocket.
Bokanté Is Coming!
Bokanté's Summer tour dates have been announced along with their second video, "Nou Tout Sé Yonn”.
Tickets + info here!
This is no side project, it is a new group formed by Snarky Puppy leader, Michael League and has already been described as “nothing short of a world music supergroup” (Pulse).
The word bokanté means “exchange” in Creole, the language of vocalist Malika Tirolien’s youth growing up on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Now living in Montreal, she stands among 8 musicians from 4 continents, each one accomplished in their own right and well versed in music far beyond that of their point of origin. Three-time Grammy award-winning guitarists Michael League, Chris McQueen, and Bob Lanzetti (all from Snarky Puppy), percussion legend Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon, Sting), pedal and lap steel virtuoso Roosevelt Collier (Lee Boys, Karl Denson), and unplaceable percussionists André Ferrari (Väsen) and Keita Ogawa (Banda Magda, Yo-Yo Ma) come together to create a diverse ensemble rich in groove, melody, and soul.
Join the Exchange.
"Regina" Has Been Born!
Well Loved - Becca Stevens ft. Laura Mvula
Take a look at Becca Stevens' second video, "Well Loved", from her upcoming album, "Regina"! Well Loved features the amazing Laura Mvula. The two of them together created one beautiful song! Listen & watch here.
The Queen Mab music video is here!
Michelle Willis' Winter Tour Includes Some Special Guests!
Bill Laurance's 2017 European Tour
NPR Releases First Single from Becca Stevens' New Album Regina
Snarky Puppy's own Bill Laurance is coming to the US!
Bill Laurance will be here starting late January to do some shows for ya'll on the East Coast! He'll be making his way down to our GroundUp Music Festival before he heads back to the UK to finish up the rest of the tour. Grab tickets here!
House Of Waters are on their Winter Tour!
House Of Waters are in the middle of an awesome Winter Tour! After Winter Jazzfest, they'll be making their way to the West Coast, then they'll be back on the East Coast for our GroundUp Music Festival in Miami! Check 'em out. Tickets here.
Live At Union Chapel is Available NOW!
Hang with Snarky Puppy At The Havana Jazz Plaza Festival!
Hang out with Snarky Puppy this December at the Havana Jazz Plaza Festival! A trip to Cuba, music from Chucho Valdes, Roberto Fonseca, Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride, Arturo O'Farrill and Fatoumata Diawara, a meet-n-greet with us, and much more. Get the whole package right here!
David Crosby's "Lighthouse" is Available Everywhere!
On October 21st, David Crosby released his brand new album "Lighthouse". David worked with a few great singer/songwriters on this album including, Michael League, Michelle Willis and Becca Stevens. "Lighthouse" was produced by Michael League.
Purchase can be made here:
The Premier of Bill Laurance's "Swift" Video
JazzTimes premiered Bill Laurance's new video for "Swift" last week! Click here to check it out! If you preorder Union Chapel on iTunes you'll receive the song instantly! You can also preorder Union Chapel on Amazon & at our Store!
Maz "Idealist" is Available NOW!
Maz Announces Fall Tour
Maz officially announced his upcoming Fall Tour and Album Release Party! "Idealist" will be available worldwide on October 14th, but he will have physical copies available at the Album Release Party at Club Bonafide on October 8th! Grab your tickets here.
Roosevelt Collier's Philly Get Down feat. Michael League at The Ardmore Music Hall
October 20th at The Ardmore Music Hall: Roosevelt Collier's Philly Get Down feat. Michael League, Mike Greenfield (Lotus), and Rob Compa/Eli Winderman (Dopapod) with Johnny Showcase opening!
NY Times Fall Preview featuring "Lighthouse"
The NY Times Fall preview features a great write-up on David Crosby's Lighthouse.
"Lighthouse” is an interior but proudly restless statement, a mostly acoustic singer-songwriter album that bathes Mr. Crosby’s voice and guitar in a warm, clear light.
"Take 5 with Michael League..."
Bryon Bay Bluefest sat down with Michael League of Snarky Puppy and discovered his 5 biggest music influences!
I don’t have a car, but the song I’m listening to the most right now at home is a song called ‘Dying Star’ from Maz’s ‘Idealist’ record. He’s actually a member in Snarky Puppy, but he has a vocal project as well and a beautiful record out October 14th.
Charlie Hunter live at Drom NYC
Charlie Hunter will be live at Drom NYC on September 17th with the quartet of Bobby Previte, Kirk Knuffke, and Curtis Sonny Fowlkes! Vernon Reid and Charlie will be talking music, interviewing each other, and jamming out. Hosted by GroundUP Music- Hope to see you there!
New House Of Waters Tee available!
NPR Music Premieres "The City"
When those rich layers of complex vocal harmony kick in, all the lush, luminous qualities that can make the city so seductive are instantly underlined.
House Of Waters release their debut album!
It's been a long time coming, but House Of Waters finally released their beautiful creation out into the world!
David Crosby sits down with The New York Times
Charlie Hunter interviewed at Montreal Jazz Fest
The Guitar Channel interviewed Charlie Hunter, at the Montreal Jazz Festival just before his set. Check it out here at theguitarchannel.biz.
Cory Henry featured in VILLAGE VOICE
Richard Gehr at NYC's The Village Voice just did a write-up on Cory Henry and the Funky Apostles! From the article:
If George Duke and Bernie Worrell have an heir, it's this young and playfully funkified virtuoso, who's been playing gospel in church since he was four.
"Deep in the heart of Texas they grow the funk pure and rich with an ancient group of ingredients of which the Funky Knucles wrote the cook book” - Dallas Morning Star. The new album from The Funky Knuckles, New Birth is available this Friday, June 10! Pre-order the CD today!
Michelle Willis's See Us Through AVAILABLE NOW
"See Us Through was written over the course of six years. Each song deals with attempting to get to the other side of whatever I was in. Often that meant making a decision or speaking up, or just holding tight and not being afraid to stay the course. Each of these things required an action I was often afraid to make. These songs were my encouragement to myself, an extra tug to keep trying, to aim for it. The music was never written with an album in mind, but when it all came together as one project the pieces all seemed to fit. Sonically, it features warm, dark and rich tones from the band, primarily made up of Thom Gill (guitar), Hugh Marsh (violin), Charles James (bass), and Phil Melanson (drums), with many featured guests and singers. It’s almost a jazz, soul, and hymn-like approach to the songwriting structure, with a heavy dose of lead and background vocals intertwined throughout, because… why not more vocals?" - Michelle Willis
GroundUP Music Sampler FREE Download
Get your FREE copy of the GroundUP Music Summer 2016 Sampler, featuring entire the GroundUP Music Family. Tracklist:
- Snarky Puppy - Grown Folks
- Bill Laurance - Soti
- Cory Henry - All In Love is Fair
- Michelle Willis - It'll Rain Today
- The Funky Knuckles - Arise
- Lucy Woodward - Be My Husband
- Charlie Hunter - No Money, No Honey
- House Of Waters - Hamza
- FORQ - Lymaks
- Maz - Make Me Say
- Banda Magda - El Pescador
- Snarky Puppy (feat Salif Keita, Carlos Malta, and Bernardo Aguiar) - Soro (Afriki)
Use the code
RJD1UW8V01KZ at checkout to download it for free!
Culcha Vulca Official Trailer
Bill Laurance Chats With Ken Navarro
Snarky Puppy - Original Song Contest
Snarky Puppy wants to hear your original songs using samples from the song "Tarova" off their latest album Culcha Vulcha. We've provided a sampling of one shots and loops as well as a download of the full, extensive sample pack for you to rework in your own unique track. Snarky wants to hear all styles of music and with the wide ranging sounds available in this high quality sample collection, the possibilities are endless. Show us your best work!
One grand prize winner receives the following:
- An Official release of the Winning Remix on GroundUpmusic.net
- A feature of the Winning Remix on all of Snarky Puppy’s social media properties
- A Snarky Puppy Deluxe Merch Bundle
- An hour long Skype session with Michael League
- A Skype session with another member of Snarky Puppy of the Winner’s choosing
- Fifty percent of the royalties received from any future licensing placements
THE FEW, THE PROUD - THE GroundUP Army
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Cory Henry Live on Relix & THE REVIVAL EUROPE TOUR
Relix Magazine has an exclusive new video featuring our own Cory Henry playing Lord Give Me A Sign live in their own studio. Catch him on The Revival Europe Tour, starting May 12 in Dublin, Ireland.
Pups featured in Guitar Player Magazine
Michael Ross of Guitar Player Magazine recently sat down with Bob Lanzetti, Chris McQueen, and Mark Lettieri of Snarky Puppy. Check out the article here, where the guys talk listening, gear, and the dynamics of a sometimes three-guitarist band.
NPR's take on Cory Henry's The Revival
The Hammond's emotive swells involve some complex manipulation. Players create sound at the keyboards using a spaceship's worth of job draw bars, buttons and pedals. Now in his 20s, Henry can glide through just about any gospel song on the Hammond with the ease of someone taking the family car out for a Sunday drive."
SNARKY SPEAKS @ SXSW
Three members of the GRAMMY-winning collective Snarky Puppy — bandleader Michael League, keyboardist Bill Laurance, and drummer Robert “Sput” Searight — took a moment from their busy SXSW schedule to talk to GRAMMY Pro about their genre-defying music. The trio spoke about their GRAMMY-winning collaboration with the Metropole Orkest, the second installment in the Family Dinner series, and their latest studio album, Culcha Vulcha.
SNARKY PUPPY + LUCY WOODWARD
GroundUP Music recording artist Lucy Woodward jumps on the Snarky train for five nights this spring. Come and hear her sing! Not near? No fear - Lucy’s GroundUP Debut might be the soundtrack to your summer.
Hello Culcha Vulcha - Fare Thee Well, Chadwick
This Sunday at 10pm GMT you can hear the very first play of Snarky Puppy’s new album Culcha Vulcha (due out April 29) and also tune into legendary UK radio man Mike Chadwick sign off on his last show on Jazz FM. Click here to listen live!
Sylva nominated for JazzFM Album of The Year
Congratulations Snarky Puppy! The band is nominated for Album of the Year at the JazzFM Awards!
Tune in live on April 26th to support the pups and don't forget to cast your vote here.
Charlie Hunter LIVE IN NYC
NYC! Don't miss master guitarist and Family Dinner, Volume Two guest Charlie Hunter at Rockwood Music Hall March 17th-19th. Tickets available here!
Catch him live performing with your favorite drummers: March 17th with Bobby Previte, 18th with Louis Cato, and the 19th with Adam Cruz.
Crosby and League in Rolling Stone
Hear David Crosby's Tender New Ballad With Snarky Puppy:
"It has the beautiful, simple, poetic lyricism that I love about David's writing. And most of all, the song and the performance itself are so vulnerable. ...Many artists fight against this as they age, but Crosby has embraced it. In my opinion, he's writing the best music of his entire life right now."
Snarky Puppy: A House Built on Solid Funk
Snarky Puppy has been featured in this article in the New York Times. From the article:
"Sometimes it's ‘Oh, my dad told me about you,' and sometimes it's ‘Oh, my son told me about you,'" he said. "It's funny. And you know, jazz, jam band, fusion: I don't know where we are. But because the band has such a rapport — from 12 years of touring, over 1,200 concerts, 11 albums — our mix of styles doesn't sound disparate. It just sounds like Snarky Puppy."
Keep reading here
Bill Laurance chases Aftersun
Aftersun, Bill Laurance's third solo record will be released March 4th! It's up for pre-order now, and when you get it on iTunes you will instantly get "Soti".Preorder the digital version, or reserve your physical copy here.
Cory Henry's Revival
The Revival is officially up for pre-order! The record won't be released until 3/18, but you can pre-order it on iTunes and instantly get "NaaNaaNaa". Or, pre-order the physical copy here.
Family Dinner 2 Out Now!
Sylva, Snarky Puppy's album from 2015 is up for "Best Contemporary Instrumental" Album at the Grammy's this Monday! Tune into the pre-show to support the pups, or follow us on social media... we will be sure to blast it out.
Marcelo Woloski's Kickstarter: Mundo por conocer - My debut album!
Long-time Snarky Puppy percussionist sideman Marcelo Woloski has launched a kickstarter to fund his debut album-- check it out, and contribute to this oh-so-worthy cause here.
From the Kickstarter:
My debut album features my original music, over 25 amazing musicians and lots of percussion! Please help me make this dream come true!
Red Eyed Sinatra LIVE
Snarky Puppy's own Bob Lanzetti has some upcoming shows as part of the amazing Red Eyed Sinatra! If you're in New York City (2/19) or Bethesda, Maryland (2/24) come check it out!
Red Eyed Sinatra also features Steve Jenkins on bass and Devin Collins on drums.
Chromatik Sessions features Snarky Puppy
Michael League of Snarky Puppy sat down with Chromatik to talk about music, his music education and perspective on it, and much more! Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/chromatik-sessions/snarky-puppy-podcast http://bit.ly/chromatiksessions
Family Dinner Two - SCREENINGS
Snarky Puppy is finally coming to the big screen in uncompressed 24-bit 48kHz 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound and in a 4K resolution. We've hand-picked theaters that have a great vibe and that have been held to the highest technical standards so the recording can be seen and heard exactly as it was intended in the studio. Special appearances from Directors Michael League and Andy LaViolette, surprise guest artists, and other members of the band will be at select locations. Tell your friends!
CORY HENRY - THE REVIVAL - COMING MARCH 2016
Cory Henry takes a nostalgic journey back to his home church with "The Revival: Live Recording"--an ode to musical greats who have influenced the sound of music over the decades, and a professional snapshot of Cory's discography. This record commemorates icons and the "NY Sound" founding fathers. This project features the organ, Henry's first instrument, which has a rich tradition spanning from the 1940s. Noting that it doesn't get as much recognition today, Cory wants the audience to not only experience the organ from a gospel perspective, but to appreciate its contribution to music in general.
BILL LAURANCE - AFTERSUN Coming MARCH 2016
Aftersun shines on Ground UP Music this spring as the Grammy Award winning pianist brings his 3rd recording to life. For the third instalment, the music is filtered down to its roots featuring the original trio of Snarky Puppy's own Michael League and Robert Sput Searight with legendary New Orleans percussionist Weedie Braihma. Dance and African Percussion at its heart, the album combines deep world grooves with Laurance's signature genre bending exploration.
MICHELLE WILLIS @ FOLK MUSIC ONTARIO
Snarky collaborator and GroundUP artist Michelle Willis heads west to Ontario on October 15th for Folk Music Ontario. If you're anywhere near make sure to say hey.
FUNK APOSTLES HEAD TO EUROPE
Snarky keyboard all-star Cory Henry packs up his Funk Apostles and takes them over to Europe for the month of November on a people's instinctive travel through funk and rhythm. Get your Tickets here: http://www.bandsintown.com/CoryHenry.
LIVE SNARKY DOWNLOADS
Thanks to our partners at nugs.net we have a litany of live Snarky Puppy shows fresh off their first leg of Word Tour 2015. The band is absolutely on fire, burning down the house nightly. Check for yourself - get some Austin, Atlanta, New Orleans and more.
Ase Me Na Bo: "Your gaze is glass, turquoise porcelain..."
Banda Magda shares a rough mix of Ase Me Na Bo with lyrics, an English translation, and videos from the session. Keep your eyes on us for more TIGRE updates!
CORY HENRY & THE FUNK APOSTLES at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Tonight in the DMV! Cory Henry and The Funk Apostles plus Philip Lassiter and PJ Morgan at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. Can't make it? Check the upcoming tour dates: http://www.bandsintown.com/CoryHenry
Larnell Lewis & Promark's REBOUND
See what drummer Larnell Lewis Music (Snarky Puppy) does with Promark's Rebound sticks in this new video.
Banda Magda: TIGRE
Banda Magda has been busy busy touring and traveling the world this summer. We are anxiously awaiting their next album, Tigre, and would like to invite you to be a part of it.Banda Magda on Pledgemusic.com
Michael League's Gateway Drugs
Snarky Puppy's Michael League compiled a playlist of gateway drugs that led him to really love - dare I say, get addicted to - adventurous music, like jazz. Administer auditorily. No lethal dose, but beware of strong effects.
Snarky Puppy WORLD TOUR 2015
BROOKLYN COMES ALIVE! 9-26-15
Brooklyn Comes Alive on September 26 with an illustrious lineup of all star musicians who will take over the borough from about noon to 4am a la Frenchman Street in New Orleans. For more information and tickets, click here.
Michael League's ULTIMATE BASS CAMP
The Ultimate Bass Camp sounds like a super badass name for what will probably be a super badass few days with Michael League Plays Music. Take your summer (and your bass skills) to 11 by registering today.
PS: Ultimate Drum Camp is also a thing. Music education for the win!
Brooklyn Bowl 2015 featuring Chris Bullock & friends
Get on up to Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday, August 18 for a night of soulful blues. This horn section is blazing: Chris Bullock on sax, Natalie Cressman Music on trombone and vocals, and Jennifer Hartswick on trumpet (aka "turmpet") and vocals. Elise Testone, who wowed crowds at the James Brown Dance Party, celebrates B.B. King this time around.
Join Us In Celebrating The Life Of Eric Hartman
Please join us in celebrating Eric Hartman at a Benefit Concert in his honor at Dallas's Granada Theater on August 25. He was a beloved member of the Snarky Puppy family and is sorely missed. Performances by David Crosby, Snarky Puppy, Becca Stevens, The Funky Knuckles, Shaun Martin, and more. Tickets available now.
The Tour de Philthy. Coming to a city near you in September.
Philip Lassiter, master trumpeter and bandleader, recently announced his Tour de Philthy. This man is funky, fresh, and always in good musical company. Get on up to Villain & Saint, The Sutler, Flying Saucer Memphis, Natasha's Bistro & Bar, or Aisle 5 in September to join the party.
Listen to his most recent release, DreamZzz, here: http://philiplassiter.bandcamp.com/album/dreamzzz
Ghost Note 2015 Summer Tour
Hey Snarky Puppy fans,
Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth are on tour debuting their new side project, Ghost-Note. World renowned for their artistic communication through rhythm, this dynamic duo expands their percussive voice into a night of melody through innovative grooves and captivating artistry. Joining them on stage are Nick Werth (Xylo-synth), Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II (Sax), and A.j. Brown(bass). This is a night of music you don't want to miss. Check their tour schedule for details and don't forget to follow them for updates.
Bill Laurance Project - St Georges Church
From the review:
The whole band seemed to be at one with their music, and their enjoyment in playing was so obvious. Throughout the show, the audience where amazed by the impeccable quality of the sound and ingenuity of the band. They managed to blend multiple genres into their loose Jazz Fusion format, making for an impressive and memorable concert that never dulled, and left the entire audience in gleeful adulation as they stood applauding in ovation, knowing they had witnessed masters of their craft producing exceptional music.