Ghost-Note

Instrument: 
Instruments: 
Drums and Percussion
Genre: 
Groove
Origin: 
united states
Territories: 
europe
Availability: 
2021: oct, nov; 2022: may, jul

Headed by Snarky Puppy’s multi Grammy–winning percussion duo of Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth, Ghost-Note is an explosion of sound. With an expansive roster of next-level musicians—representing members of Prince, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Marcus Miller, Toto, Justin Timberlake, and more—the band is pushing funk music into the future, building on the uplifting, pioneering foundations laid out by the likes of James Brown and Sly & The Family Stone and infusing their fresh take with tastes of afrobeat, hip-hop, psychedelia, world folklore, and more.

With the release of 2018’s Swagism, Ghost-Note has made their mission clear. The album puts rhythm at the forefront, with irresistible, heavy-hitting beats underlying the group’s wild, rich music. Featuring numerous guest collaborators, including Kamasi Washington, Karl Denson, Bobby Sparks, Nigel Hall, Taz, and others, Swagism showcases the band’s stunning ability to meld and amplify sounds, ultimately adding to Ghost-Note’s sharp, complex collaborations.

Fearless, both in Swagism’s sonic depth and conscious social commentary, the band easily translates this adventurousness in a live setting. Ghost-Note’s live performances are bold and in your face, with the group offering up none of the tight-laced pretenses frequently associated with the band’s jazz roots. Focused on creating seductive dance-able grooves and a contagious feel-good energy, each show is an opportunity to let loose and connect, for both fans and the musicians alike.

After forming in 2015, Ghost-Note has already begun to take the world by storm. The group’s two studio albums—2018’s Swagism and 2015’s Fortified—have earned critical acclaim and popular success around the globe, with both albums hitting the #1 spot on the iTunes Jazz Charts. Furthermore, the ever-growing family of musicians has mounted successful headlining tours in the United States, Canada, and Japan and performed at high-profile international music festivals and events.

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• 2017 Grammy win  for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for the album Culcha Vulcha,  as members of  Snarky Puppy

• 2016 Grammy win for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for the album  Sylva,  as members of  Snarky Puppy

• 2014 Grammy Award Winners for Best R&B Performance (Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway)

• 2017 Grammy win  for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for the album Culcha Vulcha,  as members of  Snarky Puppy

• 2016 Grammy win for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for the album  Sylva,  as members of  Snarky Puppy

• 2014 Grammy Award Winners for Best R&B Performance (Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway)

Swagism - 2018
Fortified - 2015

“On their new album Swagism, the founders of Ghost-Note Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth stretch their ensemble into all possible contortions, from CTI’s disco to D’Angelo’s funk. It’s the omnivorous diet of J Dilla come to life in big-band form.”
- New York Magazine

“Swagism has not left my rotation since the project dropped on April 20 of this year. It’s a sprawling, adventurous, two-sided effort that shows just how funky the rest of the world is not.”
- Okayplayer

Band Lineup:
Robert Sput Searight - Drums
Nate Werth - Percussion
Sylvester Onyejiaka and Jonathan Mones - Sax
Xavier Taplin - Keys
Peter Knudsen - Guitar
MonoNeon - Bass

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