Snarky Puppy recently popped by NPR Music’s office to perform a Tiny Desk concert.
Midway through their two-song set, bandleader Michael League divided the audience into two sections for what he called “crowd work”. One side clapped out a 3/4 beat while the other a 4/4 beat. This polyrhythm was worked into the performance of Snarky Puppy’s second song Xavi, which featured a small amount of participation from the NPR Tiny Desk staff.
Snarky Puppy’s blend of jazz, funk and gospel has earned them numerous fans and remained a constant throughout all their 13 albums. In a recent interview with Guitar.com, guitarist Mark Lettieri attributed the success of Snarky Puppy to the diversity of the band and the talents of each individual.
“That’s the reason why whoever’s in the band is in the band. Everyone has a pretty singular sound and that’s why the band sounds the way it does too, because of all those individualities,” Lettieri said.
Snarky Puppy recently released the record Immigrance, as the follow-up to their 2016 Grammy-winning album Culcha Vulcha. The band is currently on tour in support of Immigrance, with their closing performance taking place at Coliseu Do Porto in Porto, Portugal on 24 March 2020.
Watch the performance here:
For more information about the Snarky Puppy tour and ticket availability, click here.