Stephen Cabell

COMPOSER

Stephen Cabell (b. 1984) is a New York-based composer of sonically engaging and arrestingly wrought music that attempts to grab the listener from the very first moments and never lets go. His artistic mission is to write music that can be understood and appreciated by both casual and expert listeners.


Oct
6
8:00 PM20:00

USC THORNTON WIND ENSEMBLE

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I'm honored to announce my newest piece, Seep, was selected for performance next season by the USC Wind Ensemble. This comes as a result of their annual New Music for Wind Ensemble Readings which took place March 28, 2016. Please check back for an announcement of the specific date of performance when it is determined.

Taking a foreboding tone, Seep reflects on recent environmental tragedies which have had a devastating impact on local communities, such as the Flint water crisis and Porter Ranch gas leak. These kinds of events should alert and remind us all that they can happen anywhere but will happen with increasing certainty unless lessons are learned and action is taken.

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Jul
22
4:00 PM16:00

UBUNTU - Post-Mortem Movement

Stephen will present two fixed media pieces choreographed by Post-Mortem Movement, the Annenberg Community Beach House's Ensemble-in-Residence, as part of a show titled Ubuntu. A show in eight parts, Ubuntu will will present choreographed pieces by composers Eric Pham, Dan Caputo, Jess Cron, and Stephen Cabell.

Stephen's contributions draw from two myths:

ELEMENT OF EAST - Meretites and Kahai: "A love story of a priestess and a professional singer translated from hieroglyphics. Kahai, a famous professional singer, performs at the palace for the Pharaoh and his entourage. Meretites, a young priestess, is particularly enthralled, and Kahai is equally infatuated. The two romance despite their occupational and class differences, and eventually wed. This piece will focus on their courtship, exploring it with a shadow play."

ELEMENT OF GROUND - Hades and Persephone: "The tale of Persephone and Hades is one of the most classic tales of complicated love. Persephone, daughter of the harvest goddess Demeter, is abducted by Hades and taken to the underworld to be his queen. When Demeter finds her daughter missing, she goes into mourning, souring harvests and blighting fields across the earth. To return balance, Zeus and the other gods convince Hades to release Persephone. Hades does so willingly, but gives her pomegranate seeds before she leaves, unwittingly binding Persephone to the underworld for eternity. Thus, Persephone must return to the underworld every year, and when she does, Demeter refuses to allow plants to grow, creating winter and the changing of seasons. Over time, Persephone grows accustomed to her position as queen and even develops an odd but devoted love for the lord of the underworld. This piece will focus on the complex yet beautiful nature of their relationship, reflecting relationships in many of our own lives."

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Jul
21
4:00 PM16:00

UBUNTU - Post-Mortem Movement

Stephen will present two fixed media pieces choreographed by Post-Mortem Movement, the Annenberg Community Beach House's Ensemble-in-Residence, as part of a show titled Ubuntu. A show in eight parts, Ubuntu will will present choreographed pieces by composers Eric Pham, Dan Caputo, Jess Cron, and Stephen Cabell.

Stephen's contributions draw from two myths:

ELEMENT OF EAST - Meretites and Kahai: "A love story of a priestess and a professional singer translated from hieroglyphics. Kahai, a famous professional singer, performs at the palace for the Pharaoh and his entourage. Meretites, a young priestess, is particularly enthralled, and Kahai is equally infatuated. The two romance despite their occupational and class differences, and eventually wed. This piece will focus on their courtship, exploring it with a shadow play."

ELEMENT OF GROUND - Hades and Persephone: "The tale of Persephone and Hades is one of the most classic tales of complicated love. Persephone, daughter of the harvest goddess Demeter, is abducted by Hades and taken to the underworld to be his queen. When Demeter finds her daughter missing, she goes into mourning, souring harvests and blighting fields across the earth. To return balance, Zeus and the other gods convince Hades to release Persephone. Hades does so willingly, but gives her pomegranate seeds before she leaves, unwittingly binding Persephone to the underworld for eternity. Thus, Persephone must return to the underworld every year, and when she does, Demeter refuses to allow plants to grow, creating winter and the changing of seasons. Over time, Persephone grows accustomed to her position as queen and even develops an odd but devoted love for the lord of the underworld. This piece will focus on the complex yet beautiful nature of their relationship, reflecting relationships in many of our own lives."

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Jul
20
4:00 PM16:00

UBUNTU - Post-Mortem Movement

Stephen will present two fixed media pieces choreographed by Post-Mortem Movement, the Annenberg Community Beach House's Ensemble-in-Residence, as part of a show titled Ubuntu. A show in eight parts, Ubuntu will will present choreographed pieces by composers Eric Pham, Dan Caputo, Jess Cron, and Stephen Cabell.

Stephen's contributions draw from two myths:

ELEMENT OF EAST - Meretites and Kahai: "A love story of a priestess and a professional singer translated from hieroglyphics. Kahai, a famous professional singer, performs at the palace for the Pharaoh and his entourage. Meretites, a young priestess, is particularly enthralled, and Kahai is equally infatuated. The two romance despite their occupational and class differences, and eventually wed. This piece will focus on their courtship, exploring it with a shadow play."

ELEMENT OF GROUND - Hades and Persephone: "The tale of Persephone and Hades is one of the most classic tales of complicated love. Persephone, daughter of the harvest goddess Demeter, is abducted by Hades and taken to the underworld to be his queen. When Demeter finds her daughter missing, she goes into mourning, souring harvests and blighting fields across the earth. To return balance, Zeus and the other gods convince Hades to release Persephone. Hades does so willingly, but gives her pomegranate seeds before she leaves, unwittingly binding Persephone to the underworld for eternity. Thus, Persephone must return to the underworld every year, and when she does, Demeter refuses to allow plants to grow, creating winter and the changing of seasons. Over time, Persephone grows accustomed to her position as queen and even develops an odd but devoted love for the lord of the underworld. This piece will focus on the complex yet beautiful nature of their relationship, reflecting relationships in many of our own lives."

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Jul
15
7:30 PM19:30

ATLANTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL - Colby College, Waterville, ME

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I'm looking forward to my 8th summer with the AMF Composition Program. This year, festival fellows will perform HAN, a percussion trio for homemade instruments and tomtoms, and THREE HANDS, a 20 minute septet for mixed ensemble. Check back for an announcement of the specific date when it is determined.

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Jul
15
7:30 PM19:30

DANIEL MCCARTHY, VIOLA

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I'm currently in the process of writing a new work for viola and piano tentatively titled 5 Romances. Recently, I've been fascinated by the challenge of reinterpreting the 19th Century Romanze. Each movement will look at the character of Romanze from a different perspective and allows me the opportunity to further refine my interpretation of lyricality, sentimentality, and, perhaps even, naivety.

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Jul
15
4:00 PM16:00

UBUNTU - Post-Mortem Movement

Stephen will present two fixed media pieces choreographed by Post-Mortem Movement, the Annenberg Community Beach House's Ensemble-in-Residence, as part of a show titled Ubuntu. A show in eight parts, Ubuntu will will present choreographed pieces by composers Eric Pham, Dan Caputo, Jess Cron, and Stephen Cabell.

Stephen's contributions draw from two myths:

ELEMENT OF EAST - Meretites and Kahai: "A love story of a priestess and a professional singer translated from hieroglyphics. Kahai, a famous professional singer, performs at the palace for the Pharaoh and his entourage. Meretites, a young priestess, is particularly enthralled, and Kahai is equally infatuated. The two romance despite their occupational and class differences, and eventually wed. This piece will focus on their courtship, exploring it with a shadow play."

ELEMENT OF GROUND - Hades and Persephone: "The tale of Persephone and Hades is one of the most classic tales of complicated love. Persephone, daughter of the harvest goddess Demeter, is abducted by Hades and taken to the underworld to be his queen. When Demeter finds her daughter missing, she goes into mourning, souring harvests and blighting fields across the earth. To return balance, Zeus and the other gods convince Hades to release Persephone. Hades does so willingly, but gives her pomegranate seeds before she leaves, unwittingly binding Persephone to the underworld for eternity. Thus, Persephone must return to the underworld every year, and when she does, Demeter refuses to allow plants to grow, creating winter and the changing of seasons. Over time, Persephone grows accustomed to her position as queen and even develops an odd but devoted love for the lord of the underworld. This piece will focus on the complex yet beautiful nature of their relationship, reflecting relationships in many of our own lives."

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Jul
14
4:00 PM16:00

UBUNTU - Post-Mortem Movement

Stephen will present two fixed media pieces choreographed by Post-Mortem Movement, the Annenberg Community Beach House's Ensemble-in-Residence, as part of a show titled Ubuntu. A show in eight parts, Ubuntu will will present choreographed pieces by composers Eric Pham, Dan Caputo, Jess Cron, and Stephen Cabell.

Stephen's contributions draw from two myths:

ELEMENT OF EAST - Meretites and Kahai: "A love story of a priestess and a professional singer translated from hieroglyphics. Kahai, a famous professional singer, performs at the palace for the Pharaoh and his entourage. Meretites, a young priestess, is particularly enthralled, and Kahai is equally infatuated. The two romance despite their occupational and class differences, and eventually wed. This piece will focus on their courtship, exploring it with a shadow play."

ELEMENT OF GROUND - Hades and Persephone: "The tale of Persephone and Hades is one of the most classic tales of complicated love. Persephone, daughter of the harvest goddess Demeter, is abducted by Hades and taken to the underworld to be his queen. When Demeter finds her daughter missing, she goes into mourning, souring harvests and blighting fields across the earth. To return balance, Zeus and the other gods convince Hades to release Persephone. Hades does so willingly, but gives her pomegranate seeds before she leaves, unwittingly binding Persephone to the underworld for eternity. Thus, Persephone must return to the underworld every year, and when she does, Demeter refuses to allow plants to grow, creating winter and the changing of seasons. Over time, Persephone grows accustomed to her position as queen and even develops an odd but devoted love for the lord of the underworld. This piece will focus on the complex yet beautiful nature of their relationship, reflecting relationships in many of our own lives."

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Jul
13
4:00 PM16:00

UBUNTU - Post-Mortem Movement

Stephen will present two fixed media pieces choreographed by Post-Mortem Movement, the Annenberg Community Beach House's Ensemble-in-Residence, as part of a show titled Ubuntu. A show in eight parts, Ubuntu will will present choreographed pieces by composers Eric Pham, Dan Caputo, Jess Cron, and Stephen Cabell.

Stephen's contributions draw from two myths:

ELEMENT OF EAST - Meretites and Kahai: "A love story of a priestess and a professional singer translated from hieroglyphics. Kahai, a famous professional singer, performs at the palace for the Pharaoh and his entourage. Meretites, a young priestess, is particularly enthralled, and Kahai is equally infatuated. The two romance despite their occupational and class differences, and eventually wed. This piece will focus on their courtship, exploring it with a shadow play."

ELEMENT OF GROUND - Hades and Persephone: "The tale of Persephone and Hades is one of the most classic tales of complicated love. Persephone, daughter of the harvest goddess Demeter, is abducted by Hades and taken to the underworld to be his queen. When Demeter finds her daughter missing, she goes into mourning, souring harvests and blighting fields across the earth. To return balance, Zeus and the other gods convince Hades to release Persephone. Hades does so willingly, but gives her pomegranate seeds before she leaves, unwittingly binding Persephone to the underworld for eternity. Thus, Persephone must return to the underworld every year, and when she does, Demeter refuses to allow plants to grow, creating winter and the changing of seasons. Over time, Persephone grows accustomed to her position as queen and even develops an odd but devoted love for the lord of the underworld. This piece will focus on the complex yet beautiful nature of their relationship, reflecting relationships in many of our own lives."

 

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