Stephen Cabell


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.

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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."

Earlier Event: July 14
UBUNTU - Post-Mortem Movement
Later Event: July 15

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