Monday, August 12, 2019

SDCC - Michael Abels Interview


Photo Credit: Todd Robinson

Michael Abels is an African-American composer known for his orchestra works Global Warming, Delights & Dances, and Urban Legend, and choral pieces such as Be The Change and Limitless. With a "keen ear for musical color and a deft ability to adapt structural elements from popular music into the symphonic idiom" (Houston Chronicle), Michael Abels has gained widespread recognition for his orchestral music. Global Warming and Delights & Dances have both been recorded by the Chicago Sinfonietta for the Cedille label.

Best known for combining classical music with African-American jazz, blues, bluegrass and ethnic genres, Michael was asked by writer/director Jordan Peele to compose the music for Get Out.

Born in Phoenix, AZ, Abels attended the University of Southern California, studying with James Hopkins and Robert Linn. Later he studied West African music with Alfred Ladzekpo at the California Institute for the Arts. He currently serves as Director of Music for New Roads School in Santa Monica.

Michael is a past recipient of grants and commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet The Composer, LA Opera, and many orchestras throughout the country. In his concert career he has worked with James Earl Jones, Doc Severinsen, and a diverse group of other musical artists. Abels also wrote the score for Fantasea at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium.
      



SEE YOU YESTERDAY
Two Brooklyn teenage prodigies, C.J. Walker and Sebastian Thomas, build makeshift time machines to save C.J.'s brother, Calvin, from being wrongfully killed by a police officer.

US
A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

GET OUT
A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.


Nick Soole, Carl Thiel, Michael Abels, Gregory Tripi, Russ Howard and Christopher Young.
From Left to Right - Comic Con Press Room.

Michael Abels with JBN Journalist, Joseph Flores during Comic Con.

THE JBN TEAM INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL ABELS
JOURNALIST: JOSEPH FLORES

LOCATION: SAN DIEGO, CA
CONVENTION DATE: COMIC CON JULY 17TH - 21ST
INTERVIEW: JULY 19, 2019


Video/Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)
MICHAEL ABELS
Michael Abels is an award-winning composer and arranger who specializes in concert orchestral music, and who has scored some of the most critically acclaimed and top-grossing films of all time including "Us" and "Get Out."
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