“I've played a lot of gigs that require one nice, supportive bass sound all night—Snarky Puppy is not one of them," says Michael. "I have to have clarity, beef, natural warmth, the versatility to handle ambitious effect choices, and the power and depth to support a deep, resonant keybass. I thought it was impossible to find a rig that could do it all without compromise, until now. Not to mention the fact that the people at Markbass really care about music, and sound. I spent 2 hours on the phone with them as they helped craft the perfect combination of gear for what I needed. Now, I can't imagine playing anything else.”
Michael's rig of choice is a TTE 500 amplifier head through a Standard 104HF cabinet, but he has also been using a MoMark Black 500 head and a New York 804 cabinet.
Michael League is a bassist, guitarist, composer, arranger, producer, label owner, and bandleader based out of Brooklyn, New York. As a military brat, he was born in southern California and grew up in both southern Alabama and northern Virginia. Michael attended the University of North Texas' jazz studies program for 4 years, then moved to nearby Dallas for another 3 years, where we worked with some of the most influential figures in modern gospel, R&B, and soul music, and was mentored by legendary keyboardist Bernard Wright (Miles Davis, Chaka Khan).
Performing, recording, and production credits include Grammy Award winners Roy Hargrove, Kirk Franklin, Tommy Sims, John Popper, Gordon Chambers, Walter Hawkins, and Patti Austin, as well as Musiq Soulchild, Chris Potter, Robert Glasper, Ari Hoenig, Adam Rogers, Lionel Loueke, Lucy Woodward, Justin Brown, Ambrose Akinmusire, Theo Bleckman, Lew Soloff, DJ Logic, Marco Benevento, John Ellis, Sam Barsh, Coco Lee, Marvin Sapp, Myron Butler & Levi, Bonerama, Ivan Neville, Keite Young, and Jason Marsalis among others.
Michael leads the instrumental music ensemble Snarky Puppy (named "Best Jazz Act" in the Dallas Observer Music Awards for 2008, 2009, and 2010), whose grass-roots approach to the changing music industry has met unprecedented success. Their most recent album, "groundUP," reached #3 on the US ITunes jazz charts and #14 on the Billboard jazz charts. His efforts as a bandleader and bassist earned him an interview in the Random House release "The New Face of Jazz" alongside the likes of Wynton Marsalis and Sonny Rollins.
Now in Brooklyn, Michael has his hands in dozens of pots. He plays regularly in over 20 New York-based groups, and spends the majority of his time doing string, horn, and full production for artists on both independent and major labels. In late 2011, he launched his own imprint, GroundUP Music, under Ropeadope Records. Michael is passionately committed to music education and outreach, having given clinics at over 50 schools throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He also works closely with several non-profit organizations in the U.S.A. and holds an open-ended artist-in-residence position at Roanoke, Virginia's Jefferson Center for the Arts. He also holds a position as Visiting Faculty at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London, England, and teaches private lessons at The New School in New York City.
Snarky Puppy is constantly on the road--they recently completed a sold-out tour in Europe and immediately followed up with a series of dates across the US and Canada. They are promoting their most recent CD/DVD release, "groundUP".
Snarky Puppy's official site: http://www.snarkypuppy.com
Michael League's profile at the Markbass site: http://www.markbass.it/artist_detail.php?id=1184
One of many Snarky Puppy videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zJT4luAg3A
Luca Pirozzi plays "Working Bee". Lucrezio de Seta on Mark Drum YES!
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Bass Multiamp Custom Presets by Markbass artist Vincenzo "VIZ" Maurogiovanni.
"Absolutely the best equipment you can get, totally inspiring! Markbass amps and cabinets are powerhouses that deliver clear, punchy and flexible tone. "
Markbass artist Pierluigi Balducci, Italian appreciated jazz electric/acoustic bassists and composer, is going to tour in South Korea with Nuevo Tango Ensamble.
Edu Falaschi is to be back to Italy in June 2015 to celebrate his 25th career anniversary together with Italian fans, band line-up feat Markbass artist Dino Fiorenza on bass, Titta Tani on drums, Mysteria on keyboards and Francesco Corapi on guitar.
Markbass Artist Oytun Ersan's long awaited, epic album is mainly based on Funk and Ethnic Jazz and presents a unique combination of East and West ethnic beats.
Markbass artist Chris Minh Doky upcoming tour with CMD & the Nomads, feat. DV Mark artist Dean Brown, George Whitty and Gary Novak.
Mohini Dey is one of the rising star inside the young bassists community, as always Markbass supports young talented players around the world!!!
Mark World will be exhibiting at the upcoming Frankfurt Musikmesse, April 15-18, introducing exciting new products for 2015. As always, we’ll have also an incredible lineup of artists perform at the show!
Markbass artist Chris Minh Doky is in the proces of composing and recording his next album “New Nordic Jazz” and to make it happen he likes to invite you to be a part of the production asking your help for pledges.
Starting on March 18, 2015 Markbass top-artist Jeff Berlin will be kicking off his weekly "Bass Tips with Jeff Berlin" web series!
Subscribe now and have first hand access to his style, technical proficiency and musicianship!
Thursday, March 12 Markbass top-artist Dominique Di Piazza will have a clinic in UK, organized by Ramsay Musical Instruments in association with Markbass.
Starting on 27th February 2015, Markbass top-artist Michael Manring will give a series of concerts and clinics in Italy, with UK guitarist Clive Carrol.
If you're going to be attending the upcoming winter NAMM show in Anaheim, please visit us at our booth (HALL C, # 4778). Check out Markbass and DV Mark products and... meet Mark World's artists!!!
Weds Jan 21, 2015 Dino Fiorenza will play at 8th annual N.A.M.M. Metal Jam (Neil And Michael's Metal) event, feat 40 of the world's finest Metal Musicians performing classics by Monsters of Metal!
Markbass artist Maurizio Rolli will perform at the Blue Whale Jazz Club on Jan 25th 2015, with his "California Dream Band", feat. Dean Brown, Otmaro Ruiz, Damien Schmitt and Manuel Trabucco.
We are very proud to become a partner of JKH Route 66, help them bring the gift of music to people and kids with disabilities.
Markbass endorser Oytun Ersan from Cyprus, will be performing at the prestigious Nublu Jazz Club in Istanbul on Wednesday, December10th.
DV Mark artist Ciro Manna will have a series of concert in Italy with his trio, feat. Marco Galiero on bass and Antonio Muto on drums, along with Markbass top-artist Alain Caron as special guest!!!
Markbass artist Pierluigi Balducci, Italian appreciated jazz electric/acoustic bassists and composer, is going to release three new significant CDs!!!
Wednesday, Nov 19 at Music Academy in Bari will be take place the BARI BASS DAY 2014, featuring an amazing lineup of bassists!
Saturday, November 29 Alain Caron will have a clinic in Reggio Calabria, organized by SymphonyCity Music School, in collaboration with Ladybird project and Markbass.
Starting today November 13 in Muggia (TS), Markbass artist Paola Zadra will tour in Italy with guitar player Stef Burns for his solo project "Stef Burns League".
November 26 Markbass artist Vincenzo Viz Maurogiovanni will hold a Masterclass focused on his "Ear-training method" at "Università degli Studi" in Chieti.
Markbass Artist Lorenzo Feliciati and Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree) will have an Italian tour with their TWINSCAPES project!
21 and 22 November 2014, DV Mark artist Fabrizio "BICIO" Leo and Markbass artist Caterina Crucitti will give a couple of FREE clinic-workshop at selected Mark Point dealers in Italy!
Artist performances and products demo at or booth, Sala Club # CC19... VISIT US!!! And don't miss our artists perform at SHG / Ritmi Show live stages.
Oct. 18 started in Bruxselles the second part of Claudio Baglioni's live project "CONVOI ReTOUR". Markbass artist Mario Guarini is the bassist of Baglioni's super-group of 13 multi-instrumentalists.
Starting on October 13 HBC Super Trio, feat. Markbass top-artist Jeff Berlin on bass, Scott Henderson on guitar and Gary Novak on drums, will have a tour in Europe.
Mario Guarini, bass player and doublebass player, is a top Italian session-man who has worked for Claudio Baglioni, Samuele Bersani, Massimo Ranieri, Gino Paoli, Teresa De Sio and many others... is now endorsing Markbass.
Friday October 3, Markbass top-artist Alain Caron will give a clinic-masterclass at Berklee college of music. The event is part of the "Mark World Educational" project.