Perspective Spring 2017. collaboration with Connection Dance Works Nadia Francavilla & Andrew Reed Miller. photo by Matt Carter.
Resonance 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. The company was founded in 1998 as the New Brunswick New Music Society and in 2005 changed its name to Motion Ensemble Inc., since 2013 has used the name RESONANCE. From 2003 to 2013 most activity involved singer Helen Pridmore; violinist Nadia Francavilla; D'Arcy Philip Gray, percussion; Karin Aurell, flute; clarinetist Richard Hornsby. Several other artists have been on board over the years including guitarists Tim Brady, Joel Leblanc and Geordie Haley; Robin Streb, viola; Taktus Marimba duo, Ensemble Sisyphe, percussionist Joël Cormier, flutist Mark Takeshi McGregor; Rob Dutton, trumpet, percussionist Greg Harrison and pianist David Rogosin.
Over the years various permutations of Motion Ensemble/Resonance 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 Ensemble 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 for various 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.