Music Director Designate (2017-)
Mick is a composer primarily interested in building musical machines through complex forms and processes. Experimentation through trial-and-error is an integral component to his writing process. In the last 2 years, he has been working on a technique called development by filtration, which he likens to chiseling at an odd block of marble to achieve a sculpture, rather than composing on a blank canvas. More recently, he has been working on a manifesto on humour in music. Also in the pipeline: a multimedia work for chinese ink painting, lights and disklavier.
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, and initiated and conducted a series of panel discussions.
He currently pursuing a joint Bachelors of Music degree at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music and the Peabody Institute under A/P Peter Edwards, Dr Oscar Bettison and Dr Amy Kirsten.
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 currently plays 4th seed for the Johns Hopkins Squash Team. He is currently employed as a German language tutor at the Peabody Institute and has been featured on Transnistrian State TV, where he demonstrates how much Russian he learnt in a month.
Although he considers himself a living-out-of-a-backpack vagabond, most of his music has been premiered and performed in Singapore, his native country. He has been named the next Music Director of SENTIRE, an initiative to help the hearing and visually impaired in Singapore access, appreciate and enjoy the performing arts, and will be heading its music education programme from 2017.