June 13, 2013
Southern California based ensemble et cetera comprises clarinetist Curt Miller, percussionist Dustin Donahue, and bassist Scott Worthington. They seek to create a repertoire for their unusual instrumentation through new commissions, electro-acoustic works and realizations of unconventional scores reflecting their myriad interests in the American and European avant-garde.
Emerging from the University of California, San Diego’s vibrant contemporary music program, et cetera began playing together on a brief tour of the California coast in 2010. The ensemble presented a program of works by Kaija Saariaho and Salvatore Sciarrino as well as newly composed pieces by Paul Hembree and Scott Worthington at the Swarm Gallery (Oakland), the San Francisco Community Music Center (San Francisco), and the University of California, San Diego. The ensemble was also featured in Paul Hembree’s new score for F.W. Murnau’s classic film Nosferatu in 2011.
Et cetera is devoted to the commissioning of new works and continues to present concerts in collaboration with young composers. Recently et cetera performed and recorded Scott Worthington’s epic Even the Light Itself Falls, an evening-length work composed for the ensemble. Other premieres have included works by Matthew Barber, Kurt Isaacson, and Jon Forshee. Seeking a more diverse repertoire, et cetera recently concluded a composition competition resulting in five winners from over 250 applicants from around the globe.
Along with these new works, et cetera performs classic open scores of the twentieth-century avant-garde. In this vein, et cetera has made new realizations of John Cage’s Variations I (1958) and Earle Brown’s Folio (1954). Et cetera clarinetist Curt Miller and bassist Scott Worthington have also prepared and performed an updated version of Pierre Boulez’s seminal work for clarinet and electronics, Dialogue de l’Ombre Double (1985).