Hatchfund!

Hey there,
You’ve supported my projects in the past or have mentioned that you’d like to support my current fundraiser on Hatchfund.

If you haven’t already, please consider making a donation of any size.
ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE! (how cool is that?!)

For a $500 donation you’ll be sponsoring a musician with a roundtrip plane ticket, SFO to NY, and you’ll get a private concert in my home studio.

For a $300 donation you’ll be giving a big chunk towards a musician’s plane ticket and I’ll play on your recording!

With a $100 donation you’ll be paying a musician’s rehearsal fee and getting a DVD & two CDs.

For a $75 donation you’ll be covering most of a musician’s rehearsal fee
and getting a signed copy of the MY GRANDMOTHER score and DVD. You can watch the film and play along!

With a $25 donation you’ll receive our new CD Aguaplano to be released in the near future, includes new pieces and arrangements by myself and guitarist David James.

Don’t know my music? A $5 donation will get you a ‘grab bag’ of three of my songs.

Lots of other prizes to choose from, please consider contributing today, no donation is too small (or too large!)

And thanks very much,
Beth

Hey there,
I’m thrilled to announce that The Beth Custer Ensemble and special guests will be performing in New York on November 22nd as part of the Pacific Film Archive’s Georgian Film Retrospective. I’ve launched a Hatchfund crowdfunding campaign to get us there. Please check out the prizes, there’s lots to choose from including having me play on your composition, receiving a stack of my CDs including my latest re-release of ‘Respect as a Religion’ and future release of ‘Aguaplano.’ Or you can come hear a concert with a couple of your friends in my studio! Every donation helps and none are too large!!

I attended Harvey Wainapel’s concert last Friday at the California Jazz Conservatory for his wonderful Amigos Brasileros Vol. 2 CD release party. It was a great evening of music. As most of you know, Harvey joined Clarinet Thing a few years ago and he’s contributed a few Brazilian compositions to the group. Clarinet Thing will be at our favorite venue, The Berkeley Hillside Club on October 17th. Our last Hillside concert sold out so get there early for an evening of completely acoustic clarinet heaven! We are poised to record another CD, our third after the critically acclaimed Cry, Want, and the earlier Agony Pipes and Misery Sticks.

More good news~ the poignant William Farley documentary film Plastic Man: The Artful Life of Jerry Ross Barrish that I’ve been scoring for the past six months premieres at the Mill Valley Film Festival in Mill Valley on Sunday, October 5th at 2:30 and in San Rafael on Wednesday, October 8th at 5:30. I’m really proud of this project and hope you can make one of the screenings. I’ll be at both and I think there will be Q & A’s after each screening so you can harass me with compositional queries!

Thanks for reading this far and please consider donating to my Hatchfund. Think of all the Beth Custer releases you can give as gifts for the whole millennia!

Yours,
Beth

Lots to report, folks, thanks for checking in…hope you’re having a lovely summer.
I’m heading out soon to an annual yoga retreat in the Sierras, much needed respite from city life.

The Beth Custer Ensemble is working on a new CD, as yet untitled (‘Pants I Rode In On’?), for fall release. The fabulous Jeff Cressman is at the helm recording. We’re lucky to catch him home from the road, he’s often touring with Santana. Jeff is a dream to work with. He’s easy going, has a great sense of humor, and big ears, as musicians say to compliment other musicians!

Looking forward to our upcoming Freight show, August 9th, 8pm. This is a Respect as a Religion CD re-release party (as opposed to a ‘re-pressed’ party!). Long out of print, BC Records is re-issuing this fab CD with it’s underground hit ‘Empire of the United States’
composed in response to all the lies surrounding the 2003 invasion of Iraq and against imperialism in general. I figure it’s a good time to re-press….since nothing seems to change in that realm of things!

Looking further ahead into the future…my wonderful clarinet quartet, Clarinet Thing will be making a rare appearance October 17th at our favorite venue, the Berkeley Hillside Club. Mark your calendars and more deets on that soon.

Also working on a new CD with Trance Mission Trio. We’re hoping to get some fall dates so stay in touch about that. You can sign up on our FB page, like us, send us gifts even!

I’m winding up my latest freelance composing job for a documentary by a great filmmaker, Bill Farley. Watch here for details mid August as to it’s release date/place.

Ciao for now, lovely summer one and all,
Beth

Happy New Year, Year of the Horse: Power & Success!
When’s the last time you heard my crackshot ensemble or went out to hear live music at all?! It’s time…in the words of David Sedaris: treat yourself!
Some pals of mine will be in the house, Joy Cutler who’s got a play going up at the Pheonix Theatre and Priscilla Be’s visiting from Berlin!

The Beth Custer Ensemble
Friday, January 10th, 7:30-10pm
Red Poppy Art House

Percussionist Ken Winokur of Alloy Orchestra and I collaborated for on a two minute Vertov trailer performing live at the SF Silent Film Fest this past year and we’ll now be touring the east coast as the Psychedelic Cinema Orchestra with our fresh live scores to Ken Brown films Feb. 6-9.

Please check out (and buy!) my new releases on CD Baby:
Peter, Hometown, Folk, & Soundtracks for the Films of Cathy Lee Crane.

I wish you all a happy new year and hope I see you out there somewhere~
riding your horse.
XO
B

Happy fall,
If you missed The Beth Custer Ensemble at the beautiful Freight & Salvage or just want to come and hear more you’ve another chance on Sunday, November 17th at the burgeoning downtown Oakland hotspot DUENDE. I sat in with The Tiptons a few weeks ago and loved the vibe and food. It’s a lovely intimate venue where people actually listen! And we’ve some new material including a Paolo Conte song–would love to see you there!

I’ve signed up for another round of acting classes, I’m extremely excited to be back with my fellow actors at Bay Area Acting Studios. These classes are in preparation for my next big project The Custer Project. To be premiered in 2015, I’m creating an oratorio that traces my paternal ancestry in song back to The General. Watch for more news on this project as it develops.

Later my darlings,
Beth

Hey there,
My very good friend Joy Cutler has blossomed into a fabulous writer! She’s asked me to compose the music and act in a small role for the premiere of her latest play, HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIM HUNTER. It’s going up next month at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. The Fringe Festival has very small amounts of dough to give to productions but they always have the newest, hottest theatre at their performances.
So, we’ve started a Kickstarter crowdfunding site pay my fee to create the score for this hilarious romp:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/845972859/happy-birthday-kim-hunter.
Check it out and give what you can, every little bit helps!
Love,
Beth

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