Michael Kiley

Michael Kiley is a Philadelphia-based composer, sound designer, performer, and educator working in dance, theater, and public installation. He creates his own work under the moniker The Mural and The Mint (TM&TM). In 2010, TM&TM created As the Eyes of the Seahorse, an interdisciplinary performance of dance and live music which premiered at HERE Arts Center in New York. 2013 marked the release of The Empty Air and Animina, two “soundwalk” pieces: iPhone applications which use GPS to determine what the listener hears depending on their location.

In 2014, The American Composers Forum selected Michael to write With Happiness For You, World—a piece for two voices, percussion, and synthesizer—inspired by the poetry of a teenage immigrant from Karen State. The piece was performed as part of the If You Could Hear These Walls seriesa program of ACF and Mural Arts Philadlephia. He was also in residence at The Hacktory, where he learned to write computer code, resulting in two gallery pieces: In(determinate) Duet and Elegy For A Home. He teaches workshops in a voice/movement practice of his own design, Personal Resonance, at The Headlong Performance Institute, Swarthmore College, and various studios.

Michael has been supported by The Independence Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The American Composers Forum – Philadelphia Chapter, The Hacktory, FringeArts (Live Arts Brewery Fellowship), Philadelphia Music Project (The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage), and the Wyncote Foundation through The Painted Bride Arts Center. His work has been presented at The Walker Art Center, ICA Boston, MCA Chicago, 3LD, Walkerspace, The Performing Garage, Festival d’Autumn, The Wexner Center, The Guthrie Theater, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, The Yard, Vermont Performance Lab, MANCC, and DanSpace Project.

Last updated: Jan 9, 2018