If You Could Hear These Walls

This Sat, October 11th at 3 PM at 7th and Emily (just north of Snyder), the Southeast by Southeast performance for a joint program by American Composers Forum and Mural Arts will take place. I will be premiering a 7 minute collaboration with local high school student Than Than Nain, who write all of the lyrics to the piece. Than Than and her friend Ehserser Moo will sing the piece backed by Chris Ward on percussions and Craig Hendrix on keyboards. Check out the trailer below for more info.

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July with Faye Driscoll Group

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.



Hacktory Artists In Residence Program

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!

Click HERE to learn more.


Summer 2014 Vocal Intensive


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 michaelkiley215@gmail.com 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.


Philly Fringe/Live Arts Festival Shows

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.

Philly Live Arts/Fringe Festival Website.