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

Hey there,
I hope you’re enjoying this incredible weather we’re having. And what a great day for the country with the passing of two historic supreme court decisions. To all my lovely gay friends, MWWAA! big fat congrats! The world is always a better place when equality is installed.

If you haven’t already purchased my new download only release, please check out the clips of Peter, I’m getting alot of critical praise for this score I did for ROCO Dance. I think you’d dig the music!

I’ve got a busy summer and hope you’ll make it out to several of my performances.
This Friday, 6pm I’ll be playing solo at the Mercury Cafe in a benefit for the wonderful KPOO radio, 89.5 on your FM dial. Blowing through some clarinets and singin a couple songs. There’s many musicians on the bill, come out and support true community radio.

In July I’m psyched to be performing at on of my all time favorite Bay Area venues the acoustically phenomenal Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley.
Hey! they have wine in the lobby now so you can sip and hum along with my new and old songs, some creations by guitarist David James and our rockin’ Joni Mitchell cover of ‘Carey’ that was one of the hits of the Blue show last year.

Come hear Club Foot Orchestra with Gamelon Sekar Jaya perform Richard Marriott’s score to Legong: Dance of the Virgins. Banned in Bali this film is really something to see. It’s part of the SF Silent Film Festival and we’ve got a Kickstarter going to pay the musicians, pony up if you can! Every little bit helps.

Check my site for other opportunities to hear my various groups live, come out and shake your stuff, and have a lovely, lush summer!

xoB

Hey there,
Thanks for visiting my site. I’ve a score being premiered June 1 & 2 with Roco Dance Company at the
Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Come watch 200 teens and kids dance to my music! Here’s a sneak preview of a song I wrote for this production on Soundcloud.

I’ve released some new music on Bandcamp, a score I premiered with AXIS Dance this past April.

I’ve a busy summer performing solo and with The Beth Custer Ensemble, Trance Mission Duo, and Club Foot Orchestra. They’re all posted on my home page. Lots of chances to hear me play.

Thanks again, have a lovely summer.

Yours Truly,
Beth

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