Stephen James Webb

C O M P O S E R   &   A R T I S T
 
United States native Stephen Webb is a composer and multi-media artist based in Helsinki, Finland. His work explores surreal abstraction, placing materials outside their assumed past, present, and future. Webb creates sardonic and melancholic worlds that leave audiences in distorted yet vaguely familiar soundscapes.

Recent compositional works include those for the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Chamber Choir, K!ART Ensemble, and the Defunensemble.

He has exhibited at the Sounding Now Festival (Singapore), the 1646 Project Space (Hague), and the New Blood Performance Festival (Chicago). In 2021, his collaborative monologue opera Angels, Instead was shown at the Rupert Centre as part of the curatorial program of the 14th Baltic Triennial (Vilnius.)

Other Artistic collaborations have included interdisciplinary dance work Performing Perception (Kallio Stage) with the Cite Collective and as a sculptor for Iskuin (Flow Festival).

Webb holds a Master of Music in composition from the Sibelius Academy and a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. He has pursued an interest in live art, completing coursework at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Theatre Academy in Helsinki. As a researcher, Webb was the recipient of a 2017 fellowship from the American Scandinavian Foundation to research the state of contemporary music in Finland as part of the country's centennial celebration of independence.


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