Nadia Francavilla - D'Arcy Phillip Gray - Andrew Reed Miller - Karin Aurell - Richard Hornsby - Helen Pridmore

Nadia Francavilla - D'Arcy Phillip Gray - Andrew Reed Miller - Karin Aurell - Richard Hornsby - Helen Pridmore

Motion Ensemble

was a professional chamber music group based in New Brunswick, Canada founded in 1998. Their repertoire was an eclectic mix of post-classical and experimental music. Motion’s music often utilized electronics or visual media. The group presented its own concerts in Fredericton, Moncton, Sackville and Saint John; they also reached thousands of school children through their educational projects. It began winding down activities throughout 2013 and 2014.

Motion Ensemble was founded by Bass player Andrew R. Miller, it contained a flexible array of musicians: soprano Helen Pridmore; violinist Nadia Francavilla; D'Arcy Philip Gray, percussion; Karin Aurell, flute; and clarinetist Richard Hornsby.

For its tenth anniversary season, Motion Ensemble presented a ten-hour installation of Aus den Sieben Tagen by Karlheinz Stockhausen in Fredericton.

Over the years Motion was presented by New Music Concerts (Toronto), Western Front (Vancouver), E.C.C.S (Edmonton), The Music Gallery (Toronto) and La Chappelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur (Montréal), The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Scotia Festival of Music, Montreal’s Jusqu'aux Oreilles, Sound Symposium in Newfoundland, NUMUS (Kitchener), Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, New Works Calgary, New Music North (Thunder Bay), Five Penny New Music Festival (Sudbury), The Art Gallery of Windsor and Open Waters Festival in Halifax.

In 2003 Motion performed at the legendary venue Tonic presented by Mode Records.

They were recorded several times by CBC Radio, once by CBC TV and recorded CDs of Veronika Krausas (self produced) and John Cage (on New York label Mode Records).
Over 85 works were premiered by Motion Ensemble written by composers across Canada: André Cormier, Michael Oesterle, Martin Arnold, Allison Cameron, Ian Crutchley, Sergio Barroso, Emily Doolittle, Moiya Callahan, alcides lanza, Jim O'Leary, Anthony Genge, W. L. Altman, Tim Brady, Richard Gibson, Bruce Mather, Alice Ho, Michael R. Miller, Tim Bowlby, Andrew R. Miller, Richard Kidd, D'Arcy P. Gray, Joel Miller, Laura Hoffman, Veronika Krausas, Robert Bauer and James Code. In addition to Canadian work, Motion has performed the Canadian premieres of works by Europeans such as William Engelen, Christopher Mayo, György Kurtág, Kunsu Shim, Kaija Saariaho, Peter Maxwell Davies and Donnecha Dennehy; and Americans Elliott Sharp, Larry Nelson, Peter Blauvelt and Beth Wiemann.

The group received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, The NB Arts Board, the Province of NB, the SOCAN Foundation and the City of Fredericton.