An original Broad Stage production celebrating the power of film scores by today’s most gamechanging composers. Featuring conversation, clips & commentary, live demonstrations and an audience Q & A, Cue & A centers The Broad Stage’s commitment to advancing the art and visibility of contemporary composers in all genres of music.
Michael Abels Biography
Two-time Emmy-nominated composer MICHAEL ABELS is best-known for his scores for the Oscar-winning film GET OUT, and for Jordan Peele’s US, for which Abels won the World Soundtrack Award, the Jerry Goldsmith Award, a Critics’ Choice nomination, an Image Award nomination, and multiple critics awards. The hip-hop influenced score for US was short-tlisted for the Oscar, and was named “Score of the Decade” by online publication The Wrap. Abels is co-founder of the Composers Diversity Collective, an advocacy group to increase visibility of composers of color in film, game and streaming media.
As a concert composer, Abels has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Meet The Composer, and his orchestral works have been performed by the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and many others. As guest conductor of GET OUT IN CONCERT, Abels has led orchestras like the National Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. Several of his orchestral works have been recorded by the Chicago Sinfonietta on the Cedille label, including “Delights & Dances,” a work commissioned and premiered by the Sphinx Organization.
Recent premieres include the docu-series ALLEN v. FARROW for HBO, the film NIGHTBOOKS for Netflix, and AT WAR WITH OURSELVES with Nikky Finney for the Kronos Quartet. Upcoming projects include CHEVALIER for Searchlight, and an untitled Jordan Peele project for Universal.
Abels is a graduate of USC Thornton School of Music.