Michael "Maz" Maher
Formed by guitarist/composer Michael League in Denton, Texas, where it drew heavily from the music school at the University of North Texas, Snarky Puppy is an amorphous musical collective based in Brooklyn. Not tied to any single musical genre or lineage, the band is a true road animal – performing more than 200 dates in 2014 alone. This year, the band releases its major label debut – an orchestral suite that features the renowned Metropole Orkest, which will be released on Impulse! Records. In collaboration with Lalah Hathaway, the band won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance in 2014. With a revolving cast of members, Snarky Puppy brings as many as 18 musicians onstage, giving the band a breadth and depth that few contemporary music units can match.