Small Star Seminar is the first solo music project created by Cory McAbee. The performance features a singing motivational speaker who urges people to give up their goals, stop reaching for the stars, and start looking for the stars within their own minds. The set features optimistic songs about quitting, accepting one’s own limitations, and the power of sitting quietly. As an enncore, McAbee will address the theory of “Deep Astronomy” and answer questions from the audience. This tour is being documented for use in an upcoming feature film, written and directed by Cory McAbee. Audience participation is welcome.
Cory McAbee is best known as writer, director, songwriter, and composer for the award-winning feature films, The American Astronaut (2001), Stingray Sam (2009), and Crazy and Thief (2012), and as singer/songwriter for the internationally acclaimed musical group The Billy Nayer Show (1989–2011). In 2012, McAbee began the international arts collaborative, Captain Ahab’s Motorcycle Club. From 2012 through 2014, McAbee performed concerts in support of the project throughout the US, Europe, and Australia. From 2012 through 2015, McAbee wrote the screenplay for his first feature length opera, while illustrating his graphic novel series entitled RABBIT. In December of 2014, McAbee began recording and producing his first solo album, Small Star Seminar.