Described by LA Times as "dangerous and seductive", TIMUR AND THE DIME MUSEUM performs “romantic, smashing, noisy” (LA Weekly) songs with theatrical flair and dynamic live performances. Equally at home performing at clubs and festivals, ranging from Joe’s Pub, World Café, the Echo to the ALOUD series, America's Got Talent, Redcat Gala with Jack Black, LAX Festival and the Industry LA, the band also played support shows for DeVotchKa, Tiger Lilies and Kristian Hoffman. Led by opera singer TIMUR, described by LA Magazine as "a symphony hall of great vocal talents", the band performed as part of the PROTOTYPE 2013 festival, and continued their collaboration with Beth Morrison Projects on COLLAPSE, a glam-rock Requiem composed by band member Daniel Corral with costumes by Victor Wilde of Bohemian Society and videos by Jesse Gilbert. COLLAPSE was premiered in 2014 at Redcat Theater, toured to Miami Light Project, Rotterdam Operadagen, BAM 2015 Next Wave Festival, and recently was produced as an album by Nick Urata of DeVotchKa and Nick Tipp.
ANDREW LESSMAN (Dime Museum), percussion
ANDREW LESSMAN is a drummer and composer based in Los Angeles, by way of San Diego and Chicago. Since graduating from CalArts in 2009, he has toured extensively throughout Europe and North America, establishing himself as a rhythmic force with a wide range of artists spanning indie rock (The Wedding Present, Incan Abraham) to singer-songwriters (Simone White, Dorian Wood) and progressive jazz (Vinny Golia Sextet). At this time, Andrew is actively performing and/or recording with Timur and the Dime Museum, Matt Kivel, The Alexander Noice Sextet, Polartropica, Dia, and a forthcoming project of his original music for creative instrumental ensemble. He is seasoned in the practice of live sample triggering, often augmenting his traditional setup with a drumKAT MIDI percussion controller. Keep up with his adventures on the web at www.andrewondrums.com
DANIEL CORRAL (Dime Museum), electronics
DANIEL CORRAL is a composer and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Eagle River, Alaska. Now living in Los Angeles, his unique voice finds outlet in accordion orchestras, puppet operas, handmade music boxes, microtonal electronic, sound installations, chamber music, and inter-disciplinary collaborations.
Corral’s music has been commissioned and presented by venues such as REDCAT, Reykjavik Harpa Concert Hall, HERE Arts Center, Miami Light Project, Operadagen Rotterdam, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Joe’s Pub NYC, The Hammer Museum, MoCA, USC School of Music, The Center for New Music, CSUN, Pianospheres Series, Automata, Machine Project, SASSAS, the wulf., Pasadena All Saints Choir, The Santa Monica GLOW Festival, and the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts.
Corral is the primary composer for Timur and the Dime Museum, who recently gave the New York premiere of his piece Collapse. He has also worked with artists such as Anne LeBaron, Vicki Ray, Wild Up, Opera Povera, Yakima Chamber Symphony, The Industry, LA Electric 8, California EAR Unit, Formalist String Quartet, Isaura String Quartet, Kairos String Quartet, Pasadena All Saints Choir, Cudamani, and Sojourn Theatre.
Residencies include APPEX, Bali; Marin Headlands Center for the Arts; and I-Park Foundation. He received an MFA from Calarts, where he studied with James Tenney and Anne LeBaron; and a BM from UPS. He recently released his first solo CD, Diamond Pulses, on Orenda Records.
MATTHEW SETZER (Dime Museum), guitar
MATTHEW SETZER is a musician/music technologist living in Los Angeles.
Guitarist for Skinny Puppy and London After Midnight he has toured worldwide in the gothic industrial scene. Venturing outside those bounds he is co-producer and musician for world electronic project INDRADEVI and punk opera group Timur and the Dime Museum. Active in the flesh hook suspension community he has blended interactive music technology with ritual performance art, notably with Constructs of Ritual Evolution (CoRE) and Aesthetic Meat Front (AMF). Both groups have utilized an array of sensors/biofeedback/and experimental live music. Whether on tour or producing music at his studio (Wonderland Recording Studio LLC) Matthew often daydreams of his childhood growing up in Montana.
Matthew studied experimental sound at CalArts. Teachers include: David Rosenboom (composition, biofeedback systems), Ajay Kapur (programming, robotics), Mark Trayle (Max/MSP, interface design), Ulrich Krieger (composition, ritual methods), Morton Subotnick (composition), and visiting artist Trimpin (robotics). He developed an interactive microphone enabling a performer to control audio/video elements with gestural movements. While studying with David Rosenboom Matthew developed a musical electroencephalograph biofeedback system. This technology has been used for a ritual suspension shows in France, Japan, and the USA.
DAVID TRANCHINA (Dime Museum), bass guitar
Bassist, Composer, and Educator DAVID TRANCHINA is one of the most sought after performers in Los Angeles. As a teacher he is also in demand, and is very busy with private students of all ages. He has a strong technical foundation from studying Classical bass intensely in undergrad, matched with a deep musical understanding of Jazz and Improvisation from studying at CalArts under the tutelage of Charlie Haden and Darek Oles. His compositions have been selected for the CalArts Capitol Records CD project in 2007 and 2008, and his quartet Slumgum won the ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming in 2012. Slumgum also performed at the Angel City Jazz Festival in 2014.