Wurk is a 6-piece funk-fusion group which formed in Madison, WI in 2016.  Inspired by Umphrey’s McGee, Snarky Puppy, Lettuce, Phish and many others, their innovative original songs and ambitious interpretations of popular covers offer an impressive blend of jazz fusion, prog rock, jam rock and more, all with the consistent underlying grooves of funk.  Wurk has opened for acts including The Motet and Andy Frasco & the U.N. and helped pack venues across Wisconsin.  Described by Isthmus Magazine as “summer-jam-perfect” and two-time recipient of the Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) Artist of the Year Award (2019, 2022), Wurk fills the gap between complexity and groove, impressing fans and keeping them dancing all night.

Frank Laufenberg uses his electric guitar to provide funky rhythms and dense chord structure while filling the role of principal songwriter and vocalist.  He leads the charge alongside Daniel Haschke (saxophones/flute) who hypes the crowds by leaping off of the stage and spreading his infectious joy to the dance floor.  Max Morkri’s blend of solid grooving and intricate drum chops paired with Casey Seymour’s powerful bass lines glue the band together.  Carl Hipenbecker (trumpet/synth/vocals) and Brandon Jensen (keys/synth) offer a diverse range of skills to make each tune fresh and unique.  Most of Wurk’s members grew up in Mount Horeb, WI, just west of Madison; their shared background creates the band’s closeness and ability to communicate complicated ideas musically.


  • Frank Laufenberg:  Guitar and Lead Vocals
  • Daniel Haschke:  Saxophones and Flute
  • Max Morkri:  Drum Set
  • Casey Seymour:  Bass Guitar
  • Carl Hipenbecker:  Trumpet, Synth, and Vocals
  • Brandon Jensen:  Keys, Synth

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