Wurk is a funk-fusion group from Madison, WI. The group started in early 2016 and in 2018 won 1st place in the Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) competition for Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Roy Elkins, Broadjam President and competition judge, described Wurk’s winning performance at the MAMA Breakthrough Artist of the Year competition as follows: “(Wurk was) not only on top of their music, they captured the audience during the entire set. Everyone in the room was watching and fully engrossed in their performance.” Wurk's style encompasses several genres with clear influences from bands like Snarky Puppy, Umphrey's McGee, The Motet, Herbie Hancock, The Meters, and many more. Their sound seeks to employ a musically educated yet groovy "Big City" tone. With songwriting by guitarist/vocalist Frank Laufenberg and keyboardist/vocalist Miles Morkri, Wurk fills the gap between complexity and groove. Max Morkri, a 2018 MAMA award nominee for Instrumentalist of the Year on drum set, drives the band with his blend of solid grooving and intricate chops. Coupled with Max's drumming, Casey Seymour delivers powerful bass lines which pull the band together. Ryley Buchanan (synth/organ), Daniel Haschke (saxophones/flute) and Carl Hipenbecker (trumpet) add to Wurk's unique tone with horn lines, effects, and impressive solos. Most of Wurk's members grew up in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, just west of Madison. Their shared background creates the band's closeness on stage and their ability to communicate musically. Wurk released two EPs in 2017 (Wurk, Broken Disco) and is fresh off the September 2018 release of their third EP, The Devil’s Wurk.