Perspective Spring 2017. collaboration with Connection Dance Works Nadia Francavilla & Andrew Reed Miller. photo by Matt Carter.


About Motion ensemble


Founded in 1998, Motion Ensemble Inc. supports the creation and production of  experimental music, improvised music, artistic collaborations and new classical music in New Brunswick, Canada.  The organization is directed by bass player and composer Andrew Reed Miller. Many of Canada's top new music performers have been a part of various projects including singer Helen Pridmore; violinist Nadia Francavilla; D'Arcy Philip Gray, percussion; Karin Aurell, flute; clarinetist Richard Hornsby; guitarists Tim Brady, Joel Leblanc and Geordie Haley; Robin Streb, viola; Taktus Marimba duo, Ensemble Sisyphe, percussionist Joël Cormier and flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor.

 Over the years Motion Ensemble 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.

This ensemble was 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).
Almost 100 works have been premiered in Motion Ensemble projects: 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.

Motion Ensemble is supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, The Province of New Brunswick and the SOCAN Foundation. Open Arts is a member of the Canadian New Music Network.