Snarky Puppy

With the release of their live, 2-disc album/DVD "Tell Your Friends" (Ropeadope Records), Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music.

The 3-time Dallas Observer Music Award winning group ("Best Jazz Act" 2008, 2009, 2010) has, over the last four years of touring, gained a reputation for putting on a live show unparalleled in energy, virtuosity, and musicianship. They seamlessly fuse a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical- or most carefree- audience.

It is, in its physical makeup, a group of musicians from two different cultures and traditions- jazz and rock kids from white America, and gospel/R&B kids from black America. This convergence, which occurred while the band was in its adolescence at the University of North Texas, has naturally established a series of combinations and a system of balance that instantly draws listeners to the music- raw funk and sensitive dynamics, relentless pocket and lyrical melodicism, lush harmony and soulful simplicity, and most importantly, a delicate mixture of composition and improvisation.

Snarky Puppy is somewhere between a garage band and a collective, with over 25 players in regular rotation. The core of the group, which remains consistent, features Grammy Award-winners Robert "Sput" Searight on drums (God's Property, Snoop Dogg) and Shaun Martin on keys (Kirk Franklin, Erykah Badu). Its other members are mainstays with artists like Erykah Badu, Marcus Miller, P Diddy Dirty Money, The Polyphonic Spree, Snoop Dogg, Roy Hargrove's RH Factor, Morcheeba, Tower of Power, Ari Hoenig/Adam Rogers, Kenny Garrett, Yo-Yo Ma, Lucy Woodward, and Bilal, among many more.

The group was conceived and is held together by award-winning bassist/guitarist/composer/arranger Michael League, whose creative grass-roots approach to a tougher-than-ever industry has created a most unique musical animal. It is a three-headed creature: first, and most obviously- an original music ensemble. Second- a production team and session band for individual artists. Third, and probably most importantly- Snarky Puppy is a group of musicians unanimously and enthusiastically committed to music education and community outreach. Working with groups like ROAM (Roots Of American Music) in inner city Cleveland and the Music Lab at Jefferson Center in Roanoke, as well as giving clinics at over 40 colleges, high schools, and middle schools worldwide, the band has made a strong commitment to spreading a love of music and general positivity to a young generation looking for something real to hold on to.

Currently, Snarky Puppy is touring to prepare for their next live, in-studio album/DVD, to be recorded over 5 days in New Orleans this fall for Ropeadope Records.

Hildegunn Gjedrem

Born and raised in the rural southwest of Norway, Brooklyn-based vocalist and songwriter Hildegunn Gjedrem subtly fuses her folkloric and jazz influences to sculpt her own unique sound, at once both rich and vulnerable.

Her new album "Share Your Secret" marks a stark departure from her previously jazz-centric career into a new world of smart, lushly arranged pop.

Hildegunn left Norway in 2001 to pursue a jazz studies degree at the world-famous University of North Texas, quickly rising to faculty level and conducting several vocal jazz ensembles. While in Texas, she was awarded “Best Jazz Vocalist” by Downbeat Magazine, was granted the coveted Norwegian G9alt Scholarship of the Arts, and was a finalist in the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival's Vocal Jazz Competition, judged by Al Jarreau. She was also a featured vocalist for the Grammy-nominated One O'Clock Lab Band.

Since moving to New York City in 2009, Hildegunn's talents have been employed by celebrities such as Catherine Zeta Jones, Donald Trump, Michael Douglas, and Ralph Lauren, as well as Queen Sylvia of Denmark. She has performed with some of the city's best jazz and pop musicians, including Travis
Sullivan's Bjorkestra and ground-breaking instrumental ensemble Snarky Puppy. Equally gifted as a writer, performer, studio singer, string arranger, and with an image and fashion sense as powerful as her talent, Hildegunn Gjedrem brings a rarely-matched depth to the music industry.

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