Vulfpeck is an American funk group founded in 2011. The band members attended University of Michigan’s music school. They first came together as a rhythm section for a performance at the Duderstadt Center, a university facility that houses an arts library and other resources. After reading an interview with German producer Reinhold Mack, band founder Jack Stratton conceived of Vulfpeck as an imagined German version of the U.S. legendary session musicians of the 1960s such as Funk Brothers, Wrecking Crew, and Muscle Shoals. The idea was to channel that era of the live rhythm section. The band’s founding members are Jack Stratton on keyboards, drums and guitar, Theo Katzman on guitar and drums, Woody Goss on keyboards, and Joe Dart on bass. Influenced by legendary rhythm sections of the past, the band has released four EPs, two albums, and a silent album on Spotify titled Sleepily; royalties from which funded the band’s admission-free tour in 2014. The band’s latest album, The Beautiful Game, was released in October 2016. The band’s upcoming album, Hill Climber, will be released in December 2018. The band’s music has been described as an homage to old school funk and soul.