Snarky puppy’s new release “Culcha Vulcha” is out and it includes a tune of mine: “Palermo”

Culcha Vulcha is the last album of Snarky Puppy. It is the band’s first studio album in 8 years and we recorded it in El Paso, Texas at Sonic Ranch Studios. We were there for a bit more than a week, and I have to say it was one of the most inspiring weeks of my life. We shared the percussion stand with Nate Werth and Keita Ogawa and on the drums Robert “Sput” Searight, Jason “JT” Thomas, and Larnell Lewis. I was honored to have one of my songs featured in the album as well, which I called “Palermo” honoring my favorite neighborhood in Buenos Aires and the one in which my parents live. And, randomly, I also have credit as a photographer as I am the photographer of the album cover :) The album debuted at #1 Jazz Current albums in Billboard, and Itunes Jazz charts.

(Culcha Vulcha es el nuevo album de Snarky Puppy. Hacía 8 años que no grababamos un album en estudio, y éste lo grabamos en El Paso, Texas en Sonic Ranch studios. Estuvimos un poco más de una semana grabando y debo decir que fué una de las semanas más inspiradoras de mi vida. Compartimos la percusion con Nate Werth y Keita Ogawa, y en Batería estaban nada menos que Robert Sput Searight, Jason JT Thomas, y Larnell Lewis. Tuve el honor de escribir una composición para el disco a la que le di el nombre “Palermo” haciendo honor a mi barrio favorito en Buenos Aires y en el cual viven mis padres. También soy el fotografo de la tapa del album. El album debutó nro. 1 en los rankings de Billboard y Itunes Jazz.)

Culcha vulcha cover






Here are some reviews that mention “Palermo” in them.

(Aquí algunas reviews que mencionan “Palermo”)

The soundtrack vibe is also present on the glorious “Palermo,” recalling at once Piero Umiliani, Alessandro Alessandroni, and Jon Hassell‘sFourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics, with labyrinthine woodwinds, keys, brass, and rhythms

The intellectual heat of composition is most evident in the choppy rhythm of “Grown Folks” or the sizzling energy of “Palermo”


Acoustic brass blurs to trancey electronica on “Palermo” and “Grown Folks” – for me, the stand-outs – while the more cerebral opportunities of the studio show Michael League’s Grammy-winners briefly leaving jazz-funk for a more spacey electronica.

As previous recordings have shown, Snarky Puppy has this way of bringing in worldly rhythm and feel to new audiences through their funk-laced, rhythmic jazz. As they say it’s, “music for the brain and booty”. While this influence ebbs and flows, “Semente” and “Palermo” are great examples of the worldly influence being more upfront, drawing a parallel to previous torch-carriers like The Derek Trucks Band.


Key Tracks: Tarova, Beep Box, Palermo

Melody-led and densely designed, the ego-sublimating ensemble orchestrations submerge the solos within the soundscape. Similarly blended are the array of influences, global and generic. The opener, Tarova, for example, delivers a Southern sermon over a Bollywood beat. Palermo, meanwhile, pits frolicking flamenco
“Palermo” places you right in the tropics with enchanting flutes and vibes that hover over a deep-seated bass line. It grows in intensity and desire as the melody hums with the roar of the ocean. Just close your eyes and Snarky Puppy is capable of taking you to some far out places.

European tour with Snarky Puppy!

I am so thrilled to be part of the upcoming Snarky Puppy European tour in July!!
Here are the dates:

6/28 – Samois Festival, France
6/29 – paris Festival, France
7/4 – Oloron-Saint-Marie, France espace-Jeliote
7/5 – Love Supreme Festival, UK
7/6 – VI Jazz festival, Barcelona, Spain
7/9 – Nice Jazz Festival, Family Dinner show, Nice, France
7/10 – Le Manege Grand-place, Mons, Belgium
7/11 – Estival Jazz Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland. Family Dinner show
7/12 – North sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Family Dinner show
7/14 – Umbria Jazz Festival, Umbria, Italy
7/15 – Frankfurt, Germany – info T.B.A.
7/16 – Jazz Open Stuttgart, Germany
7/17 – Norway – info T.B.A.
7/18 – Pori Jazz Festival, Pori, Finland
7/19 – St. Petersburg, Russia – info T.B.A.
7/21 – Karlsruhe, Tollhaus Kulturzentrum e.V.
7/23 – 49 Heineken Jazzlandia, San Sebastián, Spain
7/25 – Womad Festival, UK

I will be posting pics and videos on my facebook page!

“Tio Mocaco” – With Snarky Puppy at The Irving Plaza, NY

This was Snarky Puppy’s CD release party of “We like it here” at the Irving Plaza in NY. 1100 people attended the show. We opened with Banda Magda and then I also played with Snarky Puppy. An amazing night!

Video with Snarky Puppy – “Flood” percussion solo

This happened during the tour with Snarky Puppy, at Boone Saloon – Boone, NC. April 21st, 2013. The crowd was simply amazing!

Marcelo Woloski – Percussion
Robert “Sput” Searight – Drumset
Michael League – Bass and composition
Chris Bullok – Tenor Sax
Jay Jennings – Trumpet
Caleb Sean McCampbell – Keys

BANDA MAGDA album has been released!!

(Album cover)

(Album cover)

So happy and excited to announce that after 3 years of intense work Banda Magda Album “Amour, T’es Là?” is finnaly here and it is available on Itunes, Amazon and CD Baby in Latin-america and the US!
The album came out REALLY nice. It features a long list of musicians from all over the world, including the core members of Banda Magda (Mika Mimura on vibes, Ignacio Hernandez on guitar, Petros Klampanis on double bass, Keita Ogawa and myself on Percussion) plus most Snarky Puppy members and many other top musicians from NYC. I have played all kinds of Percussion, Drumset, Kalimbas and even sang on it :)
All the compositions are by the great Magda Giannikou, who has also done an amazing production job next to Michael League (Snarky Puppy band-leader), and all independently. So it is worth checking it out!

Preview and/or buy it here:

And the video clip of “Amour Te’s La”

Banda Magda CD Release party at Joe´s Pub

After 3 years in which we have flown to Greece twice to record and tour, we have played in almost every place possible in NYC from restaurants to the Carnagie Hall and Webster hall, I am very excited to say that we are finally releasing our first CD with Banda Magda!!! Join us tomorrow night at Joe´s pub! It will be a special night for sure with lots of great musicians on stage!!!

Banda Magda at Joe's Pub

Snarky Puppy US Tour

The tour with Snarky Puppy is going great! All the shows were packed and the music is great!
Here is what we have done so far and will be doing in the next days!

Tues, 4/16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
Wed, 4/17 – Baltimore, MD @ 8×10
Thurs, 4/18 – Westchester, PA @ Westchester University (clinic)
Thurs, 4/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Upstairs
Sun, 4/19 – Raleigh, NC @ Pour House
Sat, 4/20 – Boone, NC @ Boone Saloon
Sun, 4/21 – Augusta, GA @ Julian Casino
Mon, 4/22 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Tues, 4/23 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Wed, 4/24 – Nashville, TN @ 3rd & Lindsley
Thurs, 4/25 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
Fri, 4/26 – Jackson, MS @ Duling Hall
Sat, 4/27 – Hattiesburg, MS @ Thirsty Hippo