Dallas native and Brooklyn implant Terence Nance (aka Terence Etc.) was born to create art. His family is comprised of actors, photographers and musicians, their influence leading him to study visual art at New York University. He’s expanded his humble beginnings of drawing and writing music during his mother’s rehearsals to mixed-media installations of music, performance and film, the latest being his debut film An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
The film follows the relationship between Terence and a young woman as they toe the line between “just friends” and being more. It’s more than a live action love story; Terence uses various animation techniques to dig deeper into the characters’ thoughts, establishing himself as a creative force to be reckoned with.
Terence’s art-funk compositions were also featured at this year’s Sundance ASCAP Music Café, previewing bits of his debut album that’s currently in the works. His musical influences cover a wide array of artists from Stevie Wonder to Andrew Lloyd Weber, which makes for a unique and invigorating sound that is all his own. One look at his online videos, where his live performances as Terence Etc. and the Et Cetera are accompanied by whimsical drawings, and listeners will instantly be drawn in to Terence’s all-encompassing world of art.
For a look at all ASCAP composers with music in films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, check out ASCAP’s Composer Spotlight @ Sundance: