UNT’s Snarky Puppy releases new CD, movie

Slyva (Courtesy of Mr. Magic Carpet Ride Productions)Snarky Puppy, the Grammy Award-winning jazz band that was formed at UNT, is now on the big screen. The concert film Sylva features the band recording with the Metropole Orkest, an orchestra based in the Netherlands. It also includes interviews and rehearsal footage. Sylva is the name of the band's latest album and is the first on a major label.

The band's leader Michael League co-directed the film with Andy LaViolette ('11). It premiered in April at the Movie Tavern in Denton and will be shown at other theaters.

"It was surreal to see something we created on such a familiar screen," says LaViolette, who runs Mr. Magic Carpet Ride Productions in Denton. "Snarky Puppy has given my career such a meaningful direction with the way their web videos speak to millions of people all over the world."