Michael Kiley

Michael Kiley’s With Happiness For You, World at If You Could Hear These Walls presented by American Composers Forum Philadelphia Chapter and Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

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 Prescription, a participatory vocal performance developed from the sounds, stories, and movements of individual bodies.


Grants & Grantees

Opera Philadelphia presented the East Coast premiere of a new opera by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, which went on to win the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for music.

In advance of the September workshops with Boris Charmatz, project co-directors host an informal professional preview for dance and performance artists .

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Laurence Salzmann is a visual artist and a 2001 Pew Fellow.

In its 20th anniversary season, Orchestra 2001 presented An Opera, an Operetta, and a Songbook, a three-part performance of orchestral vocal compositions.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Roger LaMay is general manager at WXPN (88.5 FM), a public radio station operated by the University of Pennsylvania.

On the occasion of OutBeat: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival, jointly organized by the William Way LBGT Community Center and Ars Nova Workshop with funding from the Center, we invited Professor Ashon Crawley (UC Riverside) to unpack the concept of “queer sound.”

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Nicholas Wardigo is a theater artist and a 2004 Pew Fellow.

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Theater artist Geoff Sobelle honored his roots with a multilayered show about three magicians, simultaneously presented as a real magic show and a hoax.

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Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. The Performing Arts at Swarthmore College serve as educational and artistic laboratories, combining a rigorous liberal arts education with practical explorations of performance.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage is pleased to announce its 2015 grants in support of the Philadelphia region’s cultural organizations and artists.

The Object Lesson works in the margins between theater and visual art installation, between audience and actor. Since its premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Object Lesson has received extensive praise, and was named a “Fringe First.”

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International House Philadelphia presented a series of concerts featuring the creative work of the Sonic Arts Union, a music collective founded in 1966.