Michael Kiley is a composer, sound designer, performer, and educator working in dance, theater, and public installation. He creates his own work under the moniker of The Mural and The Mint, a music project dedicated to experimental performances and recordings. Kiley's work includes commissions for the American Composers Forum and the Brandywine River Museum of Art, and collaborations with Faye Driscoll, Luciana Achugar, Headlong, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, and Arden Theatre Company, among others. His work has been presented at venues including The Walker Art Center, ICA Boston, MCA Chicago, The Guthrie Theater, The Yard, and Danspace Project. Through his experiences as a vocal teacher, Kiley has developed the vocal practice of "Personal Resonance," which he says, "begins with the embodiment of singing as a mental impulse that turns breath into sound for the sole purpose of creating pleasurable vibrations in the body." In 2016, Kiley received Center support to present Close Music for Bodies, a participatory vocal performance developed from the sounds, stories, and movements of individual bodies.
Sound designer, composer, and performer Michael Kiley will present Close Music for Bodies, an immersive, participatory vocal performance, developed from the sounds and movements of individual bodies. Kiley will create a composition using his self-developed vocal practice, "Personal Resonance," which, in the artist's words, "begins with the embodiment of singing as a mental impulse that turns breath into sound for the sole purpose of creating pleasurable vibrations in the body." Choreographer Faye Driscoll will act as a movement consultant, with ensemble members including Sean Donovan, devynn emory, Cynthia Hopkins, Michele Tantoco, Arielle Pina, Brandon Washington, and Sheila Zagar. During the performance, audience members will stand in a grid format, as the performers roam the space, creating an intimate and unfiltered sound and movement experience. The piece will culminate in Communion, an act of "group voice" for audience members that will prompt reflection on each participant's relationship to their own voice and to others in the space.
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