Michael is a musician, composer, sound designer and performer with a broad multidisciplinary practice focusing on collaboration with animators, dancers, physical performers, theatre makers, VJ's and music ensembles.
Working with artists as varied as Yothu Yindi, Toni Childs, Born in a Taxi, The Village People, Andrew Morrish, Tony Yap, Yumi Umiuare, Melbourne Workers Theatre, Danceworks, Polyglot, Chamber Made Opera, Queensland Theatre Company, NICA, Playback, SBS-TV and the ABC, he has built a practice combining versatility and adaptability with a strong sense of theatre.
Using improvisation as a performance and compositional tool he has developed a special interest in using recorded and live text, looping and audio processing to create narrative threads in performance. His work has been described as, “Astonishing electronic soundscaping” (Cameron Woodhead The Age)
…”sublime…. the brilliance of the composition never overshadows the performance itself…. it adds texture, depth and a necessary point of reference about the emotion being projected.” (Michael Kingston Buzz Cuts)
He is the recipient of an ARIA award (2016 and 2019) with the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, an ATOM award, and was Australia’s entrant at the MILIA festival France for Three Mile Creek (with multimedia artist Alyssa Rothwell)
Invited workshops include with avant garde vocal stylist David Moss, David Hykes of The Harmonic Choir and Tran Quang Hai (Le Musee de L’Homme France) in harmonic singing.