M Squared is an instrumental progressive jazz rock jam band out of the Boulder, Colorado area. Booked regularly at The Pec and Arvada Tavern, headlining all 4 nights at the 2019 Telluride Wine Festival in June and working on their 3rd album, 2019 is off to a great start.
Formed initially as a nerdy math Jazz Fusion project with the intent to push its members to higher levels of musicianship, the group has morphed into a genre-bending melting pot of sounds, technology and styles. Incorporating elements of Jazz, Rock, Blues, Latin, Classical, Electronic, Middle Eastern, Country, Bluegrass, Celtic, Rhythm & Blues and more, the band utilizes live and recorded samples during their performances to build exciting and mesmerizing live compositions.
At the heart of the M Squared sound is a trio playing essentially as a quintet. The band utilizes modern looping technology, which allows its' members to play several different instruments simultaneously, providing multiple different textures and instrumentation, all while maintaining a high level of musicianship and chemistry. The members of this power trio include three long-time musicians: Barb Valente (Violin, Keyboard and Loop Pedal), Thom Sandrock (Guitar, Bass and Loop Pedal) and Troy Valente (Drumset, Percussion and Front Man). With their combined years of musical experience and separate musical upbringings, this band is certain to entertain listener’s ears, both live and in the studio.
Formed in the spring of 2012, M Squared achieved significant success their early. Accomplishments include the release of their debut studio album, "Kaleidoscope", selected as runner-up in the 2013 Telluride Jazz Festival Band Contest, and performances at Denver’s top music venues, clubs and festivals. More recent accomplishments include an invitation to play at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival, the 2015 Telluride Jazz Festival, and a live studio performance with Denver’s premier jazz station, KUVO 89.3 FM in August 2014. The band released their second full-length album, "Under the Balloon", in June of 2015. Since then they have played in several big festivals in Colorado including 5 points Jazz Festival and Taste of Colorado and regularly return to Telluride.