Mick builds musical machines through complex forms and processes. Experimentation through trial-and-error is an integral component to his composition process. In the last 2 years, he has been working on a technique called development by filtration, which can be likened to chiseling at an odd block of marble to achieve a sculpture, rather than composing on a blank canvas. Recent interests include phenomenology, silence, and post-colonialism. His most recent work is a site-specific assemblage for Chinese ink painting, lights and disklavier.
As a musicologist, he has presented papers at the Bach Colloquium 2017 hosted at Harvard University, as well as the Frankfurter Telemann Symposium 2017. His recent work deals with Heinrich Valentin Beck, better known as a scribe for Telemann’s music than as a composer. A couple of publications – an article on a newly attributed composition, as well as an edition of the music – are being prepared for publication in BACH (journal) and in the Frankfurter Telemann Ausgabe respectively.
In the summer of 2016, he participated in the Internationale Ferienkurse für neue Musik (in Darmstadt, Germany) as a composer, where he took a lesson with Chaya Czernowin.
He pursued a joint Bachelors of Music degree at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and the Peabody Institute and graduated with honours (highest distinction), studying with A/P Peter Edwards, Dr Oscar Bettison and Dr Amy Kirsten. His mentor in musicology was Dr Andrew Talle. He will continue his studies at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover in musicology.
When not writing music, Mick is a serial dilettante – before his recent obsession with foreign languages, he was a competitive squash player. He has competed internationally and played for the Johns Hopkins Squash Team. He was employed as a German language tutor at the Peabody Institute and has been featured on Transnistrian State TV, in which he demonstrates how much Russian he learnt in a month.
#7 for pierrot ensemble was composed in 2016, and premiered by Ensemble Multilatérale.
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