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July started with some rehearsals in NYC to get back Thank You For Coming: Attendance to take on tour to Mass Live Arts in gorgeous Great Barrington, MA.
We then traveled to Minneapolis for a residency at The Walker Art Center to start work a new piece. It was an amazing week of inspiration and exploration. I’m in love with these collaborators, and in love with The Walker. What an amazing gift to be working with these artists in such a supportive atmosphere…even did some singing inside this James Turrell installation.
I am so pleased to announced that I have been selected to take part in the inaugural Artists In Residence program through The Hacktory. Myself, along with five other amazing makers, Marcel Williams, Tara Web, Maximillian Lawrence, Salem Collo-Julin, and Jacob Rivkin, will embark on a six month training program in areas of our choosing. While I’m not positive what I will be doing yet, you can bet on some geo-locational sound work as I aim to understand (and write) the code behind my soundwalks and enter into the world of poetic computation. More soon!
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REGISTRATION EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 19TH!
Register now for a four session intensive with vocal instructor Michael Kiley. The intensive will consist of private, hour-long lessons anytime between May 12th and July 3rd, scheduled around your availability. The cost of the intensive is $190, saving you $10 off of the normal rate. By committing to the four sessions, you are sure to see a drastic improvement in your thoughts and abilities around the act of singing.
My pedagogy focuses on how singing feels, rather than focusing explicitly on how you sound. My approach is appropriate for the most professional, or the most casual singer. By the end of this intensive, you will have a deeper understanding of vocal health and longevity, breathing, the functionality of the voice, and how to use it as a unique, expressive instrument. This intensive will guide you through a series of explorations that will free your voice, and open up possibilities for you as a musician and artist.
I have been teaching voice professionally for the past eight years. My teaching is designed to give you a complete understanding of how the voice functions, no matter your experience, or the genre of music you are passionate about. Lessons will leave you feeling energized and relaxed, much like you would feel after a yoga class. Singing is one of the most healthful things we can do as people, and this intensive will give you a beneficial practice that will stay with you throughout your lifetime.
Past clients include members of: Twin Sister, Bleeding Rainbow, East Hundred, Oh! Pears, Buried Beds, Hoots and Hellmouth, Busses, and Bitter, Bitter Weeks, among others. I have also worked with a number of performance/movement artists through my work with Faye Driscoll Group, Luciana Achugar, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, as well as Headlong Performance Institute alums Annie Wilson and Jenna Horton. I am also the resident vocal instructor at Miner Street Studios, one of the premiere recording studios in Philadelphia, and home of Weathervane Music. I have taught at The Lawrenceville School and The Hill School, so I have experience teaching high school age students as well. I cater each lesson to the specific needs and desires of the individual.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215 668 0873 to register before May 10th. I am also happy to answer any questions you may have about the intensive prior to registration.
REGISTRATION EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 19th!
Just posted work samples from recent productions of The Garden, Hamlet and As You Like It. Check out links on the sidebar.
October 1st, will mark the release the second sound walk in a series of geo-locational iPhone applications for Philadelphia, entitled Animina. The walk is from the corner of 2nd and Race Streets to the end of the Race Street Pier, and back again.
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I was recently asked to create a sound piece in response to the Kuerner Farm, a place that inspired painter Andrew Wyeth for over 70 years. The piece will be played over headphones as part of a tour that The Brandywine River Museum offers of the fram from May 13-24.
I have three designs opening in the next few weeks as part of the Philly Fringe/Live Arts Festival. First up is the premiere of Return Return Departure, a dance piece by Nichole Canuso Dance Company (NCDC). Taking place in the American Philosophical Society gallery and garden, the dance and the score play with ideas of time and how we measure it inspired by an exhibit, Tempis Fugit, by Antonia Contro currently on display. It runs the first and third week of the festival, as well as scattered dates through October and November.
Next up is Le Grand Continental by Sylvain Emard Dance from Montreal. I created the design for one section of the piece using samples from the Gamble and Huff/Sound of Philadelphia catalogue. The show is on the Art Museum steps, and is performed by 300+ professional and amateur dancers. Sylvain has done this piece in Montreal, Mexico City and New York.
And finally, I wrote a bunch of science-y/guru electronica sounding stuff for Mining the Mine of the Mind for Minerals, a new work by Megan Mazarick and Mason Rosenthal. Also collaborating is visual artist Ryan Kelly on this part TED talk, part dance theatre experiment.
Somewhere in there, I am also remounting one of my favorite pieces ever, NCDC’s TAKES in Cleveland for the Ingenuity Festival.
*UPDATE!: There a still a few slots left, so I have extended the registration to the end of the week, on June 25th. Get at me quick!*
This Summer, I will be holding another four lesson long vocal intensive. This is the perfect excuse to commit to taking those voice lessons you’ve been telling yourself to take, but never have, and save a little money in the process. Last Summer was my first time holding these intensives. I had eight students register, all with a wide range of goals and experience. The results were so amazing, and the process was so rewarding, I can’t wait to have a new crop of students and do it all over again.
The intensive will consist of private, hour-long lessons. By registering for the entire intensive, you will receive four lessons for only $190! Schedule a weekly time on the following Fridays or Saturdays from 10AM-4PM.
July 6 and 7
July 13 and 14
August 3 and 4
August 10 and 11
We can do once a week for four weeks, or twice a week for two. Also, if these times don’t work for you, let me know, and we can work something else out.
My teaching theory revolves around how the act of singing feels, rather than focusing explicitly on how you sound. My approach is appropriate for the most professional, or the most casual singer. By the end of this intensive, you will have a deeper understanding of vocal health and longevity, breathing, the functionality of the voice, and how to use it as a unique, expressive instrument. This intensive will guide you through a series of explorations that will free your voice in new and exciting ways.
I have been teaching voice professionally for the past seven years. I specialize in working with indie-rock musicians on their own material, however, I am happy to explore singing with all types of vocalists. I have worked with age ranges from teenagers to adults, and anyone over the age of 12 is encouraged to register.
Past clients include members of: Twin Sister, Bleeding Rainbow, East Hundred, Oh! Pears, Buried Beds, Hoots and Hellmouth, Busses, and Bitter, Bitter Weeks, among others. I am also the resident vocal instructor at Miner Street Studios, one of the premiere recording studios in Philadelphia, and home of Weathervane Music. I also taught at The Lawrenceville School for four years, and currently teach at The Hill School.
Please send an email to email@example.com or call 215 668 0873 to set up a lesson time. I am also happy to answer any questions you may have about the intensive prior to registering.
The registration deadline is June 20th. Check out the testimonials below:
“Sarah and I both play music in a nationally touring band. We were gearing up for our next big tour when we realized we really should look into taking voice lessons. We wanted to learn to sing correctly so that we could sing in tune better as well as not lose our voices after singing every night for a month straight. Mike Kiley was recommended to us by an owner of a local recording studio. Neither of us had ever taken voice lessons before, but Mike Kiley made us feel very comfortable right away. He quickly was able to notice several ways in which our singing could be improved. He helped us learn how to warm up our voices correctly and also ways to help stay in pitch. His teaching was invaluable as far as we are concerned. We lasted 6 weeks on the road and never had any voice issues!”
-Rob + Sarah, Bleeding Rainbow
“I have always liked singing, but I never would have said that singing felt good — actually felt good, in my body– until I took some lessons with Michael Kiley. His idea that sound is affected by tension changed everything, and I feel like I’m closer and closer to releasing while singing. I breathe better, my voice sounds more resonant,there’s more volume to work with, and — most importantly– I still sound like myself.”
-Beth Filla, singer for Trollyvox, yoga instructor
Been hard at work on Ivona, Princess of Burgundia at Swarthmore College. Also been workshopping The Garden with Nichole Cansuo Dance Company, and building a new work from scratch for The Mural and The Mint. And the soundwalk project is totally under way. I’ll share some new sounds soon.