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Hailing from Colorado, the Motet is a world-class improvisational funk band that has dedicated more than a decade to the healing powers of funky dance music. Although the early years of the band saw a constantly revolving cast of musicians, the most recent incarnation has been touring the country for the last several years developing a new and unique style with roots in funk, afrobeat, disco, electronic music, and soul. This new Motet has quickly gained a reputation for throwing infectious dance parties everywhere they go, creating a deep rapport between band and audience.

With the release of their 7th album, the Motet has once again showcased their commitment to pushing the sonic envelope while remaining dedicated to the musical traditions that have defined their sound. The band's decision to call the album 'The Motet' is a reflection that the group has finally become what it has striven to be throughout its existence. The album is a truly collaborative effort, with each member contributing equally to the writing process. In addition, the band spent hundreds of hours in the studio meticulously crafting vintage tones that hearken back to the glory days of funk music. The result is an organic collection of strong interlocking parts and melodies that sounds like nothing else on this planet.

All bands have their influences, and the Motet is no different. The band has a long-standing tradition of putting on a musical costume each Halloween, playing consistently sold-out shows along the front range of Colorado while performing the music of groups like Earth Wind and Fire, Parliament Funkadelic, Tower of Power, and Jamiroquai. The careful study of these bands has had an undeniable effect on the creative direction of the Motet. As bandleader and drummer Dave Watts told the Boulder Weekly, 'We realized how effective a great song is on a crowd. Instead of just the energetics we're used to bringing with improvising, soloing, and extended arrangements, we really decided to focus on tunes, because we understand how powerful a great song is.'

A great song needs a great band to play it, and the Motet proves to be more than adequate in that regard. In addition to Watts, Joey Porter (keys), Garrett Sayers (bass) and Ryan Jalbert (guitar) form a core rhythm section that has been playing together for nearly a decade. This time together has led to their characteristic deep rhythmic pocket, and has created the musical bonds that allow them to take their collective improvisation to heights bordering on precognition. The Motet horns consist of Matt Pitts (sax) and Gabriel Mervine (trumpet). Although deeply rooted in jazz, their time with the Motet has made them into one of the funkiest horn sections on the scene. Front man Jans Ingber rounds out the lineup with his soulful singing, welcoming stage presence, and 'Soul Train' dance moves which inspire concert goers to boogie like no one is watching.

These seven musicians form what is undoubtedly the strongest, most cohesive incarnation of the Motet to date. Whether you've loved the Motet for years or you're just tuning in, listen up. You haven't heard the Motet like this, and you won't be disappointed.

Members:
Dave Watts (drums)
Joey Porter (keys)
Garrett Sayers (bass)
Ryan Jalbert (guitar)
Gabe Mervine (trumpet)
Matt Pitts (tenor sax)
Jans Ingber (vocalist & percussion)

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Biography (Updated January 2014)

After twelve years of touring The Motet have refined their sound into a dynamic and expressive force, unleashed by an astonishingly talented cast of musicians. The group is now the strongest and most cohesive incarnation of the band yet, showcasing a powerhouse line-up. With roots in funk, afrobeat, disco, jazz, and soul, The Motet keep their audiences in a dancing frenzy by layering rhythms into a style that is uniquely their own. In an age where EDM towers over the dance music scene, The Motet has proven time and again that they can rock a dance party with a beautiful blend of live instrumentation and electronics.

With the release of their 7th album, The Motet once again showcase their commitment to pushing the sonic envelope while remaining dedicated to the musical traditions that have defined their sound. The new self-titled album boldly states that this is the band The Motet has strived to become. The whole has become greater than the sum of its parts with each member of the band contributing to the writing and arranging of the songs, telling a unified story through syncopated rhythms and melodies. The band has also decided to take an analog approach in the making of the album by using tape, tubes and transistors. This gives the music a warm, rich, and organic tone with the crunch and bite of a classic '70s funk record.

The Motet might be most well known for their consistently sold-out Halloween shows in which the band dons 'musical costumes', playing the catalogs of funk greats like Earth Wind and Fire, Parliament and Prince. In doing so, they have been able to internalize many effective musical concepts of these past masters. One lesson that The Motet have applied to their latest album is the power of great song-writing. As Watts told The Boulder Weekly, 'We realized how effective a great song is with a crowd. Instead of just the energetics we're used to bringing, with improvising, soloing and extended arrangements, we really decided to focus on tunes, because we understand how powerful a great song is.'

Through collaborative song writing, the band's focus is to deliver tight, technical and catchy tunes while still leaving space where anything can happen live. An influence of heavy-horned funk countered by a textural blanket of rhythm, their new arsenal of songs showcase the talents of one of the strongest cast of players the band has ever assembled. Keyboardist Joey Porter, bassist Garrett Sayers, and guitarist Ryan Jalbert lay down undeniable grooves under the coursing melodies of vocalist Jans Ingber and horn players Matt Pitts and Gabe Mervine. In pure Motet fashion, the ever-driving beats of drummer Dave Watts pushes the music through sonic peaks and valleys which tantalize and invigorates listeners. If you've loved The Motet for years or are just tuning in, listen up, you haven't heard The Motet like this and you won't be disappointed.

Members:
Dave Watts (drums)
Joey Porter (keys)
Garrett Sayers (bass)
Ryan Jalbert (guitar)
Gabe Mervine (trumpet)
Matt Pitts (tenor sax)
Jans Ingber (vocalist & percussion)

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