I remember the very first time I heard “Something” by Snarky Puppy featuring Lalah Hathaway back in 2013 in my last year of high school. As a singer and musician, my mind was blown! The jazz fusion genre is something that always really catches my ear as it is so creative and musically complex. But even more exciting than the music itself was Lalah Hathaway. Seriously, how can a person sing more than one note a the same time?! To this day that song still amazes me, with every listen I make a new discovery of something I didn’t notice before. The same can be said for all of Snarky Puppy’s music.
I missed out on tickets to their show at the Wellington Jazz Festival in 2016, so when I heard that they were coming back to New Zealand I bought tickets the day they went on sale. I don’t know if I have spent better money on a music experience yet! They played songs off of their new album, my favourite being Gemini, as well as an older favourite Shofukan. As you can see from the photo above the guys really have a great time on stage, with lots of laughs and such a great vibe from the whole band. It was honestly the best concert I have been to, which considering I got to see Ed Sheeran and The Script a couple of years ago, that’s saying a lot for me.
I left the show with a heart and head full of amazing new musical ideas and a renewed passion for music (as well as a t-shirt and CD of Family Dinner Volume One, of course!) I was also lucky enough to attend a Q&A with Michael League (band leader, composer & producer) at WINTEC earlier in the afternoon. He had such great wisdom into the music industry, as well as been such a genuine and down to earth guy. I’ll be writing more about what I learnt from him on Sarah Single Music, but I thought I’d leave you with this quote from him:
“All good music impacts you deeply in some way” ~Michael League
And that is so true of Snarky Puppy’s music for me. Even though it is mainly instrumental, their music has a way of speaking to my heart and inspiring me,
Have you heard Snarky Puppy’s music? If not you should totally watch the video of Lalah Hathaway singing “Something” with Snarky Puppy.