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Beth Custer is a San Francisco based composer, performer, bandleader, and the proprietor of BC Records. She has over thirty-five recordings out with her ensembles The Beth Custer Ensemble, Eighty Mile Beach, Clarinet Thing, Trance Mission and Club Foot Orchestra. Beth composed for the contemporary chamber ensembles Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Zeitgeist, Earplay, City Winds, Turtle Island and Kronos String Quartets; for the theatre productions of Campo Santo Theatre, Berkeley and San Diego Repertory Theatres, Magic Theatre, California Shakespeare, Overtone Industries, and Cornerstone Theatre; for the dance troupes AXIS Dance Company, Joe Goode Performance Group, Roco Dance, Flyaway Productions, Ledoh, Harupin Ha, and Osseus Labyrinth; for the films of Cathy Lee Crane, Julie Wyman, Melinda Stone, George Spies, and Koohan Paik. She created KQED’s Independent View theme with her band Eighty Mile Beach and composed for CBS/Film Roman’s Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat with Club Foot Orchestra. Beth created four musicals with award winning writer Octavio Solis in LA and SF. Her collaborative scores with inventor and MacArthur Fellow Trimpin lead her to compose Vinculum Symphony, a site-specific, large-scale work that unites chamber musicians with experimental instrument builders. Her numerous awards include a six-week artist residency in an Italian castle at Civitella Ranieri Center and she was the first Bay Area artist to receive a second artist’s residency at the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts. Other residencies include Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA, a McKnight Fellowship in Minneapolis, and with the SPaNk Ensemble at the University of Wyoming. She received the prestigious Meet The Composer New Residency grant wherein she was awarded $120,000 over three years to collaborate and create music. Other awards include MTC and American Composer’s Forum Commissioning grants, three San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist grants, three Zellerbach Family Fund awards, a Gerbode award, and an Argosy Foundation recording grant. She also received the prestigious Aaron Copland Recording Fund award to release her 65-minute live film score for the rare Soviet Georgian silent film My Grandmother. The Beth Custer Ensemble has performed live with the film all over the world for over 10 years.

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Beth Custer credit: Federico Cusigch Beth Custer credit: Federico Cusigch Beth Custer credit: Claudia Gianvenuti for the Civitella Ranieri Foundation
Beth Custer credit: Claudia Gianvenuti for the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Beth Custer credit: Anne Hamersky Beth Custer credit: Anne Hamersky
Beth Custer credit: Alexander Bailey Beth Custer credit: Anne Hamersky Beth Custer credit: Federico Cusigch
The Beth Custer Ensemble credit: Federico Cusigch The Beth Custer Ensemble credit: Anne Hamersky The Beth Custer Ensemble credit: Anne Hamersky
Beth Custer Ensemble credit: Federico Cusigch The Beth Custer Ensemble credit: Anne Hamersky The Beth Custer Ensemble credit: Anne Hamersky
Trance Mission credit: Anne Hamersky Clarinet Thingcredit: Federico Cusigch Clarinet Thing credit: Anne Hamersky
Clarinet Thing credit: Federico Cusigch Clarinet Thing credit: Federico Cusigch

My Grandmother: stills and posters

My Grandmother event poster w/ blank space for venue info PDF, color, 11×17″ My Grandmother event poster, B&W, w/ blank space for venue info PDF, b/w, 11×17″ My Grandmother event poster film WITHOUT live band, w/ blank space for venue info PDF, b/w, 8.5×11″
My Grandmother still #1 My Grandmother still #2