Throughout its history, the music of The Motet has explored an unparalleled depth of influences. The band has played Cuban folkloric music, frenzied samba rhythms and straight-ahead funk. The latest Motet material draws on Afro-Beat, a genre inspired by the legendary Fela Kuti. These instrumental compositions encourage the listener to redefine the way they look at jazz and enhance The Motet's reputation as a world-class ensemble.
The present definition of The Motet draws heavily from the material on their brand new album: Music for Life (Harmonized Records, 2004). Music for Life is the first release from The Motet since Live (Harmonized Records, 2002) and the first studio album since Play (Anonym Records, 2000). Filled with catchy rhythms and hypnotic beats this new album brings to life The Motet's expansion into the conscious and inspiring world of Afro-Beat. The result is an instrumental reinvention of the sonic soulfulness that has become the band's trademark.
The Motet is a rare example of a band whose repertoire is entirely composed by its drummer. Dave Watts attended the Berkeley College of Music before the inception of Shockra, a popular funk group that helped lay the groundwork for today's jamband scene. He has performed with an extensive group of renowned musicians and is a founding member of both Skin and The Theory of Everything. Under Dave Watts' direction, The Motet has welcomed an impressive roster of outstanding musicians into its ranks throughout its history.
There are two constants in the world of The Motet: evolving music and matchless musicianship. The constantly evolving sound of The Motet defies definition as the band takes the music to new levels with every performance. Whatever the occasion, wherever the gig, The Motet is winning the hearts, souls and dancing feet of fans all over the country.
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