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Listen to “Damn!” – First Single from New Studio Album TOTEM

motet totem rectangleListen to the first single “Damn!” from the The Motet’s brand new studio album. Totem hits streets July 8th, 2016. Pre-order Totem now! A full digital download of Totem is included in all pre-orders, with various pre-order “package” options – including a Totem CD signed by each member of The Motet, and more.  Read full Totem details and pre-order now.

2017-06-30T13:11:09+00:00 May 17th, 2016|

Hitting the Seas for Jamcruise 15

18Jam_Cruise_2016_Josh_Timmermans_watermarkWe’re stoked to announce we’ll be returning to Jam Cruise for it’s 15th anniversary. Jam Cruise 15 takes place January 20–25, shipping out from Miami, FL, and visiting Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Grand Cayman Island. We’ll be joined by all four original members of the Meters, a Benevento/Russo reunion, and a host of others including GRiZ, Galactic, Kamasi Washington, Dopapod, Turkuaz, and more. See you on the seas in January!

2017-06-30T13:11:09+00:00 April 28th, 2016|

Rollin’ into the Big Easy for JazzFest

_PRC0740-EditMotet_JoeMarcinek_PhiercePhoto_Three trips to New Orleans in just the first four months of 2016 – yeah you right! After spending some time in the Big Easy to record our new album, we returned in March to play with Leo Nocentelli at NOLA Brewing’s 7th Anniversary. And now, we’ve got two more during the first weekend of JazzFest. Catch us April 28 at Howlin’ Wolf for our special Mixtape ’77 set, then again at Tipitina’s on Saturday, April 30, with special guests the Pimps of Joytime. Check-out this great Offbeat interview with front man, Lyle Divinsky, where he talks about New Orleans, the new album, and what it’s like to be the newest member of The Motet.

2017-06-30T13:11:09+00:00 February 26th, 2016|

Welcome Lyle & Drew!

We are thrilled to announce the two newest members of The Motet: Lyle Divinsky on lead vocals and Drew Sayers on sax.

Lyle Divinsky, a native of Portland, Maine, brings his powerful presence and love and light to The Motet. The unsuspecting soul man was awarded the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Abe Olman Scholarship (John Legend was the recipient in 2002), was hailed by Fuse TV’s as an “Artist to Watch” and reached #4 on the UK Soul Chart’s Top 40 earlier this year.

Powerhouse tenor saxophonist Drew Sayers, most recently of John Brown’s Body, brings his huge sound and rich tone to The Motet.  Drew, who played and wrote horn arrangements on Beyonce’s last two albums, has performed on late night TV, and produced John Brown Body’s 2015 release “Kings and Queens in Dub,” also brings his writing and producing skills to the band.

We are so excited for what the future has in store and couldn’t be more psyched to have these two as part of The Motet Family! Onward and upward!

“The Truth”
from The Motet’s forthcoming album
to be released in 2016

Read more here!

2017-06-30T13:11:09+00:00 February 18th, 2016|

West Coast Tour – It’s a Wrap!

LAS VEGAS, NV - January 29, 2016: ***HOUSE COVERAGE*** The Motet performs at Brooklyn Bowl in Las vegas, NV on January 29, 2016. Credit: Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch

The Motet wrapped up their west coast tour with two sold out shows at The Independent in San Francisco! They had three guest singers, Paul Creighton, Tanya Shylock and Lyle Divinsky, out for the run that brought a new fresh vibe to the sound of The Motet.  We can’t wait for what’s next!

 

Check out what our friends from Live for Live Music had to say about the show here.

2017-06-30T13:11:09+00:00 February 17th, 2016|

Red Rocks 7.22.2016!

12241714_10153238407621099_504531135029058562_nWe’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be back at Red Rocks this Summer! On July 22, 2016, we’ll be joined by very special guests Medeski Martin & Wood and Vulfpek in Morrison, CO. Motet Fan Club tickets on sale now.

Be sure to check out our “Like We Own It” Backstage VIP Experience – exclusively available through our website. It includes:

-One (1) Premium Ticket in the VIP soundboard viewing area
-Viewing Area Concierge who will supply guests with bottled water, ponchos, earplugs, mints/candy
-Early Entry into Venue (15 minutes)
-One (1) Motet / Mountain Hardwear Super Chockstone wind-resistant Jacket (mens or womens)
-Exclusive backstage tour of Red Rocks
-Photo opportunity in the famous Red Rocks tunnel
-Green Room meet & greet with The Motet
-Group photo opportunity with The Motet
-Limited edition event poster signed by The Motet
-Exclusive VIP Laminate

2017-06-30T13:11:09+00:00 January 12th, 2016|

Guest Singers for Winter Tour

The Motet is excited to be hitting the road in the new year with some friends new & old! You may recognize the names, Tanya Shylock, LaDamion Massey and Paul Creighton from ‘Mixtape’ performances over the past couple of years. New to The Motet’s vocalist roster for this winter is Lyle Divinsky. The line up of singers will move around in the next couple of months so to see who will be on each show keep reading below. We couldn’t be more excited to share all of this new exciting music with you! Happy 2016!!!!

 

Thurs, Jan 14 – Club RED, Mountain Village CO
vocalists: LaDamion Massey, Tanya Shylock, Paul Creighton
Fri, Jan 15 – Belly Up, Aspen CO
vocalists: LaDamion Massey, Tanya Shylock, Paul Creighton
Sat, Jan 16 – Warren Station Center for the Arts, Keystone CO
vocalists: LaDamion Massey, Paul Creighton
Sun, Jan 17 – Warren Station Center for the Arts, Keystone CO
vocalists: LaDamion Massey, Tanya Shylock, Paul Creighton
Thurs, Jan 28 – Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach CA
vocalists: Lyle Divinsky, Tanya Shylock, Paul Creighton
Fri, Jan 29 – Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas NV
vocalists: Lyle Divinsky, Tanya Shylock, Paul Creighton
Sat, Jan 30 – The Roxy, West Hollywood CA
vocalists: Lyle Divinsky, Tanya Shylock, Paul Creighton
Sun, Jan 31 – Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz CA
vocalists: Lyle Divinsky, Tanya Shylock, Paul Creighton
Tues, Feb 2 – Arcata Theatre, Arcata CA
vocalists: Lyle Divinsky, Tanya Shylock
Wed, Feb 3 – Harlow’s, Sacramento CA
vocalists: Lyle Divinsky, Tanya Shylock
Thurs, Feb 4 – Crystal Bay Club Casino, Crystal Bay NV
vocalists: Lyle Divinsky, Tanya Shylock
Friday, Feb 5 – The Independent, San Francisco CA
vocalists: Lyle Divinsky, Tanya Shylock, Paul Creighton
Sat, Feb 6 – The Independent, San Francisco CA
vocalists: Lyle Divinsky, Tanya Shylock, Paul Creighton

Vocalists TBA: 

Thurs, Feb 18 – The Blind Tiger, Greensboro NC
Fri, Feb 19 – Explore Asheville.com Arena, Asheville NC – Opening for Umphrey’s McGee
Sat, Feb 20 – Asheville Music Hall, Asheville NC – Blue Ridge Rockway Afterparty with The Motet
Sun, Feb 21 – Revelry Room, Chattanooga TN
Tues, Feb 23 – Lowe Mill, Huntsville AL
Wed, Feb 24 – Basement East, Nashville TN – w/ The Heard
Thurs, Feb 25 – Old Rock House, St. Louis MO- w/ Dumpstaphunk
Fri, Feb 26 – Lafayette Theater, Lafayette IN – w/ The Heard
Sat, Feb 27 – Madison Theatre, Covington KY w/ The Heard
Sun, Feb 28 – Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids MI – w/ The Heard
Fri, July 22 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison CO – w/ Medeski Martin & Wood and Vulfpeck

 

2017-06-30T13:11:09+00:00 January 11th, 2016|

A Message To Our Fans

2015 has been an amazing year. Huge thanks to our community for being such an incredible part of it!

As we prepare to embark on another exciting year ahead, we must first deliver the news that our brother Jans Ingber has decided to leave the band.  Read Jans’ letter below.

NYE in ATL and Jan 1st at BB King’s in NYC (Phish aftershow) will be Jans’ last gigs as a member of The Motet. While this news has not been easy for any of us, we wholly respect and support Jans’ decision to make more time for those things that are important to him. We wish him nothing but happiness and success.

The Motet is no stranger to change.  We also know that the magic of music happens because of the sum of its parts – and when we do our thing, we feel the magic.

We are pumped for this next phase of our journey.  We’re inspired by the music and the love, and know 2016 will be our most epic yet!

Onward and upward.  It’s what we do! Expect some amazing vocalists – old friends and new – to join us for upcoming shows. We’ll keep you posted on the details.

YOU all are an important part of that magic; Thanks for being part of the adventure.

Funk on and on,

Dave, Gabriel, Garrett, Joey, Ryan & Matt

The Motet


To all my music loving people,

This is a tough message to deliver to all of you who have filled my cup, year after year. 

After months of deliberating, I have decided to part ways with The Motet.

It has been an honor to have played and facilitated so many epic dance parties and joyous celebrations of life. 

(I’m looking at you Colorado)

I am incredibly proud of the legacy and music we’ve created. 

The Motet are my brothers, and I wish them nothing but success and awesomeness on their journey.

I’m excited to hear the great music that comes from the evolution of this band. 

The plain truth is that my desire for a balanced life of creating music and being a father, a husband, an outdoorsman, and a conduit of positive change in my community, has outweighed my desire to be a full-time touring musician in an ascending band. 

I love singing.  I love playing. I love writing music. I love dancing and entertaining. And I love sharing energy on stage with all of you.

My plan is to continue doing all of these things with various projects all over the country. 

My Motet homies deserve to dream big and go fulfill their dreams. 

Dave, Garrett, Joey, Ryan, Gabe and Matt, thank you for this incredible ride, and keep on don’t stoppin’.

I can rest my head easy knowing how much love and support I have from my family, friends and fans. 

I will continue my lifelong journey of spreading positivity and authenticity through music.

I look forward to seeing you all at the next show, party, festival or collaboration. 

Motet 4 Life…..

Thank you all for supporting me to be the best Jans I can be.

Your guy, 

Jans

2017-06-30T13:11:09+00:00 December 15th, 2015|