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NSO Pops: Snarky Puppy

Displaying a rare and delicate mixture of sophisticated composition, harmony, and improvisation, fusion-influenced jam band Snarky Puppy make exploratory jazz, rock, and funk. Snarky Puppy feature a wide-ranging group of nearly 40 musicians known affectionately as "The Fam," centered around bassist, composer, bandleader, and Alexandria, VA native Michael League. Snarky Puppy makes its Kennedy Center debut with the NSO Pops, Jules Buckley conducting, performing music from their 2016 Grammy-winning Best Contemporary Instrumental Album Sylva, a collaboration with Metropole Orkest recorded live. Says League, "Throughout the whole process [of writing it], my governing concept was to try to capture the many sides and personalities of the only place where I feel truly connected to the earth as a human being. A place that is at once innocent, frightening, awe-inspiring, impenetrable, fragile, stoic, telling, a shelter, a labyrinth, a temple, a tomb, a sanctuary, a parliament, a prison. The forest. I wanted it to be a suite, a single piece of music connected by a thread."
Date & Time
  • February 22, 2017
  • 8:00PM
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