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Ensemble Moto Perpetuo

Ensemble Moto Perpetuo (EMP) is a flexible chamber orchestra devoted to collaboration across artistic disciplines, be it dance, theater, visual art or fashion. EMP believes that such collaboration is inherent to innovation. As members, we pursue groundbreaking endeavors by upholding three key tenets: innovative music, unique artistic vision, and a lens on the community at large.

Since its inception in 2010, EMP has embarked on a musical journey tackling the works of European, Middle Eastern and American composers from as early as the 1950s to those currently composing today. In 2011, EMP’s successful concert in New York City’s DiMenna Center catapulted the ensemble’s profile. A glowing review in The New York Times impelled a new series of projects and collaborations that are continuing to grow.

As guests of the BOFFO Artists Residency in 2012, EMP presented a series of contemporary chamber music performances on Fire Island featuring special guest flutist Claire Chase. In late 2012, EMP was invited by the 14th Street Y to make a new home as the house ensemble.

Since being in residence with the 14th Street Y Theater, EMP produced an original and highly experimental evening-length concert, “Ramifications of Trauma,” exploring musical and visual art culture before, during and after the European Holocaust, including present-day Israel. This groundbreaking concert included premieres of works by Sara Nemtsov and Yair Klartag, as well as work from the years leading up to and following this tragic era. More recently, EMP undertook a joint concert with Ensemble Linea and Jean Philippe Wurtz exploring the world of avant garde French music featuring works by Raphael Cendo, Franck Bedrossian, Philippe Leroux and Brice Pauset.

Ensemble Moto Perpetuo (EMP) is a flexible chamber orchestra devoted to collaboration across artistic disciplines, be it dance, theater, visual art or fashion. EMP believes that such collaboration is inherent to innovation. As members, we pursue groundbreaking endeavors by upholding three key tenets: innovative music, unique artistic vision, and a lens on the community at large.

Large Chamber Ensemble: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Piano, Harp, Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Contrabass, Conductor

The sections of the ensemble function as smaller chamber ensembles that rehearse and perform outside of the tutti ensemble (brass quintet, wind quintet, piano trio and other subsets). Individual musicians and small ensembles will curate and perform an average of 1–2 concerts annually.

Part of the Collective’s philosophy and marketing strategy is to cultivate audience growth and recruit new concertgoers via unique and unconventional educational activities. Artistic choices and marketing decisions should all go hand in hand with educational consideration.