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Ulterior Motif is a string trio consisting of piano, cello and violin (with an option for vocals). We perform everything from traditional wedding pieces to original neoclassical and pop music on strings. We have an extensive repertoire that you can peruse right here on Gig Salad or we can learn and play your requests, given the proper notice to transcribe and learn them.
We take our work very seriously and stay in constant contact with our clients and/or their party planners.
We are happy to play at LGBTQ ceremonies and parties.
Unless you already booked us and your ceremony has been moved due to Covid-related issues, we do NOT play at private residences.
Working with Ulterior Motif was seamless from the start. Ren was responsive, worked on my special requests and delivered every time. It was a true pleasure working with them throughout the process. On the day of our wedding, the sound was just flawless! Just hearing my song being sung in Ren’s beautiful voice and the band behind her filled me with joy. It was a great start to the day. I would, without any doubt, book Ulterior Motif for any event, but especially a wedding!
Professional, punctual and insanely talented trio! There are not enough good things to say about them! Thank you thank you thank you!
Ulterior Motif knocked it out of the park for our wedding ceremony. We had a couple specific song requests (instrumentals from Braveheart and Lord of the Rings- which were totally up their alley), and they not only played/arranged them amazingly, but they also incorporated other songs that fit into the same theme. They were professional with communication from the start. At the end of the event, many people complimented us on the amazing music.
I would highly recommend Ulterior Motif for anyone's event!
Ulterior Motif enhanced our anniversary ceremony beyond my expectations. Their crisp sound resonated with us, and set a beautiful tone for our event. They went above and beyond to rehearse a requested song, which was played flawlessly for us. I’m not typically a reviewer, but felt compelled to share their success. You will not be disappointed!
I hired Ulterior Motif for my art opening and they were above and beyond my expectations. Their original music was something out of a movie and they surprised and pleased my guests with covers of some current songs on the radio. They also blended into the background of my event really well, so my guests could walk around and talk to each other without shouting over loud music. I received many compliments on hiring them and I would totally work with them again.
Price Range: $500 and up
Gig Length: 20 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
We perform mostly as a trio, with keyboard, violin and cello. We bring all of our own sound equipment and set up quickly, taking as much or little space as you desire. We are always dressed appropriately for the occasion, and perform based on our client's needs. Ulterior Motif always offers to meet clients in person during the hiring process, and we keep in constant contact with the client. On the days leading up to the event, we always contact and confirm all plans. We arrive as early as possible to each event where we are hired to make sure that we are ready to perform without a hitch. We are not just musicians, but professional sound engineers and recording artists, so we are prepared for every occasion. We have an extensive repertoire of music ranging from pop to classical and original music and we love to perform above and beyond expectations.
**Wedding ceremonies consist of a processional song, bridal march and a recessional song. If you have additional needs for your ceremony, please specify that.
Ulterior Motif consists of session musicians from EKM Studio in Connecticut. We work full time to compose and record music for use in film, TV and advertising. As live performers, we mainly play keyboard, cello and violin. We perform at cultural festivals, weddings, galas and for charity functions. Our musical backgrounds are broad, ranging from classical training to touring with rock bands. Our original compositions have a neoclassical feel, and some are geared toward particular genres such as Norse, Celtic and American folk.
Our violinist, Ren owns EKM Studio and has a BS in business and a MAT in teaching. She taught in public schools for 9 years before opening her own music studio. She currently teaches voice and violin and is a sound technician, producer and engineer. She is a classically trained vocalist who studied violin with her grandfather who played often at Carnegie hall. Our cellist, John has been studying classical cello for over 20 years. He also plays bass and guitar. Before becoming a full time musician, John worked in marketing and assisted autistic children. Our keyboard player, Andreas, has toured internationally as a drummer. He currently teaches music at EKM Studio and plays in several bands.
Additional Booking Notes
We need very little from our clients. We bring all of our own equipment that has been safety checked by professionals and tested for quality at our studio. All we ask is for a convenient, grounded power outlet whether inside or outside or specify if electricity will not be available. In some occasions we can adapt to play acoustically. For outdoor performances, some kind of cover, either a temporary or permanent structure, must be available in case of precipitation, extreme heat or cold that could damage our equipment.
We generally play using a Yamaha electric keyboard (with an authentic piano sound), classical acoustic cello and Yamaha electric violin or Stradivarius copy acoustic violin. These instruments may be amplified through two combination amps that take up very little space, but allow us to control our sound for comfortable listening. When vocals are required, we supply a travel mixer and microphone. We generally do not use speaker stands, as we perform through amps that hide behind our setup and don't take up space or take eyes away from the beauty of the occasion at hand.
If your request is not on our set list, talk to us. We may be able to add it to our repertoire!
Traditional Wedding: Canon in D - Pachelbel, Wedding March - Mendelssohn, Ode to Joy - Beethoven, Spring - Vivaldi, Minuets in G- Bach
Original NeoClassical and contemporary music composed by Ulterior Motif. All instrumentals fit for cocktail hours, galas, art openings and dinner music
Pop Covers (with vocals or just instrumental): Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley), Perfect (Ed Sheeran), I'll Be (Edwin McCain), Something and Here Comes the Sun (Beatles), Daniel (Elton John), Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen), Back at One (Brian McKnight), Walking in Memphis (Marc Cohn), Brightest (Copeland), Take Em All, Because You're Young, We're Coming Back (Cocksparrer), The Promise (Tracy Chapman), All I Ask of You (Phantom of the Opera), Wildest Dreams (Taylor Swift), I Love You Like A Love Song (Selena Gomez), Marry You (Bruno Mars), Daughters (John Mayer), Where I First Found You (Forrest Blakk), A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)
Movie themes: Braveheart-A Gift of Thistle, The Hobbit -Concerning Hobbits, The Princess Bride - Storybook Love, Theme to Game of Thrones, Ashokan Farewell, Last of the Mohegans - The Gael
Traditional Irish: The Parting Glass, Lovely Molly, Molly Malone, Whiskey in the Jar, Whiskey You're the Devil, Dirty Old Town, Boys from the County Hell, Rattlin Bog, The Unicorn, Wild Rover, Black Velvet Band, Old Galway Bay, Rare old Mountain Dew
Influences & Inspiration
We draw inspiration from composer/musicians who captivate their audiences. We are big fans of Yanni, The Celtic Women, Enya, and pop icons such as Elton John and Billy Joel. We have written music for Discovery Channel, HBO and independent films, and are inspired by theater, film and geography.
grounded power outlet
temporary or permanent weather blocking structure for outdoor events