On July 15, The Breckenridge Music Festival delves into a cross-genre collaboration when they pair a quartet of classical musicians with 7-piece funk and soul band, The Motet.
The mash-up with the funky, jazz-based, afro-beat-infused national touring act is the brainchild of Tamara Nuzzaci Park, who came on board as executive director of the Breckenridge Music Festival (BMF) last year after serving in a similar capacity with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.
“The festival we planned for this summer has quite a few twists on traditional classical music. It’s a different experience than people expect,” said Park.
Although the BMF has long offered the Blue River Series—its signature summer run of popular touring acts—it is now actively seeking out collaborations with a number of the groups it features. “This will be The Motet’s first time collaborating with classical musicians, and they are writing charts specifically for the occasion,” Park said. “We hope we become a destination for artists with these aspirations in the future.”
Bridging the gap between retro funk & soul, while keeping a focused eye on the future of funk, The Motet recently released their latest single, Supernova. The recent addition of singer Lyle Divinsky, who joined the band in 2016, fans the flames of this already hot band. His soulful voice and rich lyrics are prevalent throughout Supernova and light up the performances of the 7-piece funk powerhouse.
Westword says this new single is “…a horn-saturated, foot-stomping nod to classic soul and funk. It's romantic, catchy and upbeat, just what we've grown to expect from the seven-piece outfit.”
The Colorado-based band, who headlined Red Rocks for the second time on June 2nd, along with Jurassic 5 and The California Honeydrops, ramped up for Red Rocks by making a splash across the state – releasing “Motet Mocha” ice cream at Sweet Cow locations, dishing out treats at the Sweet Cow at Stanley Marketplace as part of a benefit for the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts on May 22nd. Singer Lyle Divinsky performed the National Anthem at the Rockies game on May 30th.
The Motet began in 1998 in Denver, Colorado, where the band’s then-rotating cast of musicians amassed an enthusiastic throng of hometown fans. The Motet took their dance parties on the road about four years ago, and their national fan base has been growing ever since.
Today their shows sell out from coast to coast at iconic venues including Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Fillmore in San Francisco, Tipitina’s in New Orleans, Brooklyn Bowl, Chicago’s Park West, Portland’s Crystal Ballroom, and Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. A favorite along the festival circuit, The Motet has performed at Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Summer Camp, All Good Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Peach Fest and many others.
The Motet are Lyle Divinsky (vocals), Dave Watts (drums), Joey Porter (keyboards), Garrett Sayers (bass), Ryan Jalbert (guitar), Gabriel Mervine (trumpet), and Drew Sayers (saxophone).
This concert is general admission with standing room. Very limited seating is available on a first come, first serve ba