The "Mo" in Motet stands for "more," and that's exactly what this Denver-based band delivers while keeping pace with developments in music and technology.
The Motet specializes in complex compositions written and arranged by bandleader and drummer Dave Watts, who founded the group 10 years ago. Today, his compositions feature techno and house rhythms layered into the jazz, Afrobeat, salsa, samba and funk roots from which the band's sound originated.
"Nobody sounds like us," said Watts, who indicated that the band's sound is geared toward "somewhere in between" foot-tapping and mosh pits. If the band were a dog, it would be a big-eared beagle, Watts said.
In its sixth release, "Dig Deep," The Motet offers a "a heavy-horned Afrobeat influence countered with a textural blanket of electronica." The bandleader is joined by Joe Porter on keyboard and Dominic Lalli on saxophone.
"Watts' dedication and artistic integrity have created an elusive musical entity which seems to be as much fun to play in as it is to go out and hear," wrote Dave Kirby of Boulder Magazine.
The band tours both East and West Coast circuits, and "consecrates the ground on which dance music meets free-form improvisation," promoters boast.
The Motet plays three20south in Breckenridge on Thursday. On sale now, tickets cost $12 in advance or $15/day of. Doors open at 9 p.m.