Marty Hicks is a Tokyo-based pianist and composer from Melbourne, Australia.
A 2011 graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Marty works as both a solo pianist and ensemble member. His main duo project 'Mooncalf', with longtime collaborator Georgie Darvidis, released its debut album in September 2013, coinciding with performances at Bennetts Lane, Grant Street at Lionel's, Nugent Street, Lebowski's at Cross Street, and St. Jude's Anglican Church for Cinematic: In Circles. The project has also been featured as part of the Mood Indigo concert series at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
Marty has worked as a member of numerous Melbourne-based bands, such as Sex on Toast, The Do Yo Thangs, and Brecker Mecca, and has had the opportunity to play for esteemed venues, events and festivals around Australia as well as overseas in Japan, China, New York and Monterey.
After undertaking a semester of Japanese language, tea ceremony and shamisen studies at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan in late 2013, Marty became a recipient of the 2015 MEXT Research Scholarship, enrolled in a Masters course at Tokyo University of the Arts.
He frequently collaborates on recordings with musicians from Japan and elsewhere abroad, and has appeared on two internationally produced albums: Michiru Aoyama's 'Warm Season' on Berlin-based Organic Industries, and with Naoyuki Sasanami on Britain-based Somehow Recordings.
An active member of the Tokyo arts and music community, Marty intermittently plays solo concerts featuring live electronics and visual elements. He has collaborated with dancers, painters, filmmakers, animators and other musicians for projects in and around Tokyo.
Marty's most recent published work is a solo album and multimedia project entitled 'Kyoto, or: On the Sound of Wind Through Pine Trees (and Over Pine Needles)'.