Scott Worthington

Biography

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Informal

I grew up in Southern California, went away for school, and now call Los Angeles home. While I’d most quickly describe myself as a bassist, I wear a few musical hats: performer, composer, electronic musician, and recording engineer. As a bass player I play a lot of contemporary classical music and also play in orchestras, recording studios, and chamber ensembles. I’ve been lucky enough to have a lot of composers write me solos and concertos and have done a good deal of chamber music premieres too.

Composing for myself and others has always been a part of my musical life, from my start in a 6th grade rock band, through my high school and early-college study of jazz, to my current focus. Now, I try to write music that is calm and still which hopefully inspires a kind of meditative state for listeners. Sometimes I think about it as some kind of mash up of Morton Feldman and Brian Eno. Populist Records has released two albums devoted to my music, the most recent, Prism, features my music for solo bass and bass ensembles.

I do a lot of work with electronics mainly using SuperCollider and Pro Tools. In addition to my own pieces, I’ve realized older electronic works (e.g. Saariaho and Boulez) and have made files and programs for people to perform various pieces (e.g. Lucier and Feldman). My interest in electronics has led me to work as a recording engineer and I’ve recorded, edited, and mixed a number of colleagues’ and my own work.

And here are few non-musical, personal tidbits that might be interesting: I have a cat, I really like books and reading, I watch a lot of football (aka soccer), and I switched from being a coffee drinker to a tea drinker in 2012.

Formal (short)

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Scott Worthington is a double bassist and composer based in Los Angeles. As a performer, he plays in chamber ensembles, orchestras, recording studios, and as a soloist. His music has been commissioned by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Loadbang, the Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, and numerous soloists. As a performer-composer, Worthington has released two albums to critical acclaim on Populist Records. The most recent, Prism, features his own music for solo bass with electronics and bass ensemble and was named one of The New Yorker’s top ten classical albums of 2015 by Alex Ross. In 2017, Worthington became the principal bass of the Redlands Symphony and the Artist Teacher of Bass at the University of Redlands. www.scottworthington.com

Formal (long)

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Scott Worthington is a double bassist and composer based in Los Angeles. As a performer, he plays in chamber ensembles, orchestras, recording studios, and as a soloist. His music has been commissioned by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Loadbang, the Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, and numerous soloists. In 2017, Worthington became the principal bass of the Redlands Symphony and the Artist Teacher of Bass at the University of Redlands.

As a performer-composer Worthington has released two albums to critical acclaim on Populist Records. The most recent, Prism, features his own music for solo bass with electronics and bass ensemble and was named one of The New Yorker’s top ten classical albums of 2015 by Alex Ross. He frequently commissions new music for solo bass and has recently premiered pieces by Michael Pisaro, Clarence Barlow, and Randy Gibson. As a chamber musician, Worthington is a regular performer in LA’s new music community and is a member of Bass2Bass, an electric bass duo with performer-composer Michelle Lou. Along with violinist Andrew McIntosh, he was part of the second duo to give performances of Wolfgang von Schweinitz’s Plainsound Glissando Modulation, a concert-length work in extended just intonation.

His other engagements span a variety of areas in contemporary music. Worthington is active as a concert organizer and in 2013 he co-founded wasteLAnd, a concert series in Los Angeles that focuses on rarely-heard music of the last few decades. He has worked as a sound engineer for performances of electro-acoustic works by Boulez, Lucier, Meadowcroft, Nono, Reynolds, Sciarrino, and Stockhausen and as a recording engineer for albums released on Populist Records, Orenda Records, and on individual projects.

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. His music has been performed around the world by ensembles and soloists in art galleries, concert halls, and venues such as the Carlsbad Music Festival, the Center for New Music, the DiMenna Center, Mengi, The Stone, and Roulette. He and his music can be heard on Albany Records, Bridge Records, Hat Hut, Naxos, New Focus Recordings, 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. www.scottworthington.com


In case you need it for your concert program, I was born in 1987.

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