[moviMento] came to light in March 2012 during a tumultuous Montreal spring. At the initiative of student and percussionist Léo Guiollot, students from the Faculty of music at the Université de Montréal came together to colour the ongoing student protests with the unyielding rhythm of Brazilian percussion music. Their goal: to perform in the streets that birthed the protests and to artistically support their fellow students.

With their musical presence, the members of [moviMento] injected new, positive, peaceful energy into the protests. Through rhythm and dance, the Brazilian percussion ensemble instilled a unique and festive tone in the militant demonstrations.

Since then, [moviMento] has continued to support various social causes by participating in over 40 events. The group currently has over twenty active members, most of whom are students or alumni of the Faculty of music of the Université de Montréal. However, since the beginning, [moviMento] has counted on the participation of over a hundred people, a testament to the unifying qualities of the project.

The ensemble has participated in the Montreal Pride Parade with REZO (Health and well-being of gay and bisexual men)[1] as well as walks and performances in support of Centraide, Amnesty International, Oxfam-Québec, l’Accorderie Mercier Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and Parole d’ExcluEs. In March and June of 2013, [moviMento] performed in collaboration with young students of Dr. Julien’s Garage à Musique. In the spring of 2014, [M] participated in the international conference “Creation as Resistance” at l’UQÀM. The objective of the group has not changed since its beginning: to artistically support social causes in a way that brings attention to and increase the visibility of those defending them.

March 26 2013 marked an important turning point for [moviMento] when the group was officially registered as a non-profit organization under the name “Movimento – Percussions”. Members elected their board of directors at the first general assembly on February 16, 2014. By adopting this structure, [moviMento] has given itself the means of pursuing its resounding mission!

[1] Also with the participation of students of the École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal.