Scott Worthington is a double bassist and composer based in Los Angeles. As a chamber musician and soloist he largely focuses on contemporary music and frequently commissions and premieres new works. These commissions have resulted in solos and concertos by Robert Morris, Juan Trigos, and numerous young composers. Upcoming premieres include a solo work by Kurt Isaacson and solo works with electronics by Clarence Barlow and Gary Philo.
Worthington is a founding member of ensemble et cetera, a trio for clarinet, percussion, and double bass. Since 2010, eleven works have been composed for their unique instrumentation and they have realized many open-score works by composers such as John Cage and Earle Brown. Et cetera is currently preparing to premiere and record a series of works from their 2013 international composition competition.
As a composer, Worthington focuses on chamber music, often with electronics and non-standard ensembles. He strives to write music that evokes a timeless, meditative state with spacious and resonant sounds. A recording of his concert-length work, Even the Light Itself Falls, performed by ensemble et cetera, was released by Populist Records in 2013 and has been praised by NewMusicBox, Textura, and the New York Times. Other upcoming recording projects include his work Infinitive by the ensemble loadbang and a portrait CD of his own works for bass.
Other engagements span a variety of areas in contemporary music. His interest in concert-length music led to many performances of Wolfgang von Schweintz’s epic Plainsound Glissando Modulation, an eighty-minute duet in just intonation, with violinist Andrew McIntosh. Through his interest in electronic music, he has worked as a sound engineer for performances of a variety of electro-acoustic works by Boulez, Lucier, Meadowcroft, Reynolds, Sciarrino, and Stockhausen. He is also active in promoting contemporary music as a concert organizer. He served on the board of Ossia New Music for two years helping to expand their concert series and present 20th century repertoire pieces alongside premieres. In 2013 he co-founded wasteLAnd, a concert series in Los Angeles which presents Southern-Californian composers and performers.
Worthington has performed around the world at the the Carlsbad Music Festival, the Chihuahua International Festival, June in Buffalo, the Lucerne Festival, Monday Evening Concerts, MicroFest, and the WithOutWalls Festival and spent three summers at the Lucerne Festival Academy working with Pierre Boulez and Ensemble Intercontemporain. His music has been performed around the United States by ensembles and soloists in art galleries, concert halls, and venues such as the Carlsbad Music Festival, the DiMenna Center, The Stone, and Roulette. He can be heard on Albany Records, Bridge Records, Hat Hut, Naxos, Populist Records, and Tzadik.
Worthington studied at the Eastman School of Music with James VanDemark and the University of California, San Diego with Mark Dresser. While in San Diego, he also studied the Alexander Technique with Eileen Trobermann. He performs on a copy of a Lorenzo Carcassi bass built for him by Barrie Kolstein.