The Motet Announces Frontman Jans Ingber's Departure From The Band December 15, 2015 12:39
The Motet has announced that longtime frontman/vocalist Jans Ingber has decided to leave the powerhouse funk group. Ingber's last shows will be December 31st (Atlanta) and January 1st (NYC: Post-Phish). We were honored to work with The Motet in October (Fairhope, AL) and wish Jans and the band nothing but the best in their future endeavors.
Founded and led by drummer Dave Watts, the group began over ten years ago and hasn't let up since. Featuring complex compositions written and arranged by Watts himself, the music tells a story through syncopated rhythms and melodies. As music and technology evolve at an astounding rate, so too has The Motet pioneered their unique sound while continuing to defy categorization. With roots in Jazz, Afrobeat, Funk, Salsa and Samba, The Motet keeps their audiences in a dancing frenzy by layering House and Techno rhythms into a style that is uniquely their own.
See below for statements from both The Motet and Jans Ingber, released earlier this morning.
Statement from The Motet:
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
Statement from Jans Ingber:
BIG, LIFE-CHANGING UPDATE:
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.