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.

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,

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:
Check it out and give what you can, every little bit helps!

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!


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,

Thanks to all of you who came out to this past weekend’s performances of AXIS Dance Company’s 25th Anniversary premiere of If Then, Would You choreographed beautifully by Vic Marks. The score I created with my trio of Jan Jackson, David James and myself can be heard and purchased here:


And thanks to all of you who came out to Club Foot Orchestra’s premiere of Richard Marriott’s score to the revised 140 minute silent film Metropolis by Fritz Lang at SF Jazz Festival. After thirty years of performing with CFO, I hope we can finally tour Europe with this one.

Upcoming shows include Clarinet Thing on May 10th at Old First Church. June 1 & 2 come hear my new score for Roco Dance’s production of Peter Pan for 150 teenagers at the Marin Center. I’ll be performing solo at SF Jazz on June 15th in their Church of the Advent.

See you at one or all of these this upcoming month and thanks again.




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