Here's what's up jazz fans... The very talented bass player Michael League (Snarky Puppy founder) is set to appear at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival on Tuesday June 27 in his latest project, a new band called Bokanté.
WHO IS SNARKY PUPPY THOUGH?
OK, some of you may not be aware of this tight-knit jazz ensemble, but for those of you who are fans, I'm curious... Did you hear Snarky Puppy perform when they were in Vancouver last? If you are one of the lucky ones who heard Snarky Puppy play either of their two 2015 shows with Coastal Jazz, you are aware of how tight these Texas-born, Brooklyn-based Grammy Award-winning fusion heroes are on stage. They are the epitome of locked-in beats and funky, direct, and visceral sounds. Lucky for us, we are sure to see a similar spark this summer in the re-jigged Snarky Puppy act, Bokanté...
WHO IS BOKANTÉ?
The eight-piece Bokanté team has Michael League handling the baritone guitar and bass, Roosevelt Collier on the lap and pedal steel guitars, Chris McQueen and Bob Lanzetti on electric guitars, Jamey Haddad on percussion, André Ferrari and Keita Ogawa on vocals, and Malika Tirolien as the ensemble's featured tri-lingual vocalist.
According to Bokanté, the band's mission is to blend musical worlds to convey an urgent message of social awareness against the rising tide of exclusion and human indifference. Tirolien’s Creole and French lyrics draw imagery of the challenges in our world today: racism, the refugee crisis, a dying planet, apathy towards human suffering, and offer words of thankfulness for those things which unify us, as well as hope for the future of the human race. Through it all, Bokanté is a vibrant image of what it wishes to see in the world: connection, unity, and love.
The opening band at Bokanté's 2017 Vancouver summer show, Banda Magda, is a heartwarming and musically colourful ensemble with performers heralding from Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, and the USA. Magda’s special Festival performance will include Snarky Puppy’s Michael League bass, Keita Ogawa percussion, and Chris McQueen guitar.
WHO IS BANDA MAGDA?
Greek-born singer/accordionist Magda Giannikou is a musical chameleon who breezes through everything from French-Brazilian hybrids to collaborations with the Kronos Quartet and Snarky Puppy, Greek folk tunes, and Columbian cumbia.
Founded in 2010 in New York, Banda Magda has toured in more than 22 countries and 5 continents. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner Vol.1, as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as WOMAD, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, L’Olympia, Jazz à Vienne, Canarias Jazz, Apollo Hammersmith, The Kennedy Center, Kathmandu Jazz Festival and many more. After their debut album "Amour, t’es là?” and sophomore "Yerakina", Banda Magda is producing their 3rd opus, the vibrant, Technicolor "Tigre" to be released in fall 2017.
Coastal Jazz is thrilled to have Banda Magda back for their second Vancouver show this year. On January 29, Banda Magda performed for a packed house at St. James Hall in Kitsilano! If the group's Festival show is anything like their last, you can expect Banda Magda's music to be filled with light, joy, and vibrancy, providing a warm welcome for the evening's headliners, Bokanté!
We hope you jump on the chance to hear these incredible musicians perform at the 2017 Festival this summer. For more information about tickets, please visit this link, and check out the Facebook event.