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TIMUR BEKBOSUNOV, “charismatic tenor” with a “stratospheric voice” (Los Angeles Times), is a noted interpreter of contemporary and cross-cultural music. He has made solo appearances with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Long Beach Opera, Israeli Opera/JMCLA, Santa Cecilia Academy, LOOS Ensemble, Opera Boston, Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, National Folk Orchestra of Kazakhstan, Rossini in Wildbad Festival, Victoria Symphony, Oregon Mozart Players, Opera Kansas, band DeVotchKa, Rosanna Gamson/World Wide, among many others; at the Hollywood Bowl, Redcat Theater, Berlin Konzerthaus, American Repertory Theater, Zellerbach Hall, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “sybaritic delight", Timur has worked and collaborated with many celebrated contemporary composers, including Thomas Adès (Powder Her Face), Evan Ziporyn (A House in Bali, Oedipus), Anne LeBaron (Crescent City), Silvano Bussotti (Silvano Sylvano), Anthony Davis (Revolution of Forms), the late Gian-Carlo Menotti (Orpheus), Meyer Kupferman (In a Garden), Veronika Krausas (Lady M), Peter Eötvös (Snatches of Conversations), Tobias Picker (An American Tragedy), Scott Benzel (After Funhouse); and film composers Charles Bernstein, Joel Goldsmith, Nick Urata and Kavin Hoo.
In addition to his work in contemporary music, Timur regularly tours with his dark glam opera band, Timur & the Dime Museum. Profiled in LA Weekly’s BEST OF LA People Issue 2011, the band performed at the prestigious ALOUD series and America’s Got Talent, numerous venues around LA, and shared the bill with Ann Magnuson, Prince Poppycock, Margaret Cho, The Red Paintings, Jack Black, and Tiger Lilies, and closely collaborated with Klaus Nomi songwriter, Kristian Hoffman. NPR’s Here & Now described their upcoming new release, X-ray Sunsets, as “post-punk screaming opera”. The band was also featured in the opera Zoophilic Follies by Daniel Corral (music director of T&DM), produced at Redcat’s NOW festival; in the Industry LA’s inaugural production of Crescent City; and in NYC as part of the PROTOTYPE festival, produced by Beth Morrison and the HERE Arts Center. The band is schedule to make its European debut at the Rotterdam Music Festival in 2014.
Timur has closely collaborated with Anne LeBaron on her large-scale musical project about Kazakhstan, Silent Steppe Cantata, premiered at the Congress Hall in Astana in 2011, and now is the subject of a documentary The Nomad’s Song by Sandra Powers. With Eastman’s Ossia Players and conductor Geoffrey Pope, he performed the Eight Songs for a Mad King. He premiered the role of Paul Mash in Orango by Shostakovich, directed by Peter Sellars, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, and released on Deutsche Grammophon. In 2013, he is scheduled to perform the role of Piet the Pot in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre at the National Palace of Arts in Hungary; Pierrot Lunaire by Mohammed Fairouz with libretto by Wayne Koestenbaum at the First Take/The Industry LA; Strip Mall by Matt Marks as part of the Brooklyn Festival/LA Philharmonic; U.S. premiere of excerpts from Hommage a Klaus Nomi by Olga Neuwirth, as part of the 21c Liederabend/BAM Next Wave Festival; and a new opera by Daniel Corral. Recipient of the Center for Cultural Innovation and Foundation for Contemporary Art grants, Timur designed an operatic multimedia installation DO_SCREAM, based on Dido and Aeneas at the Fisch Haus Museum; created a play, based on Szymanowski’s poems and song-cycle Songs of the Mad Muezzin at the USC/Polish Music Center; and co-directed the critically acclaimed music film Autumn. He is a graduate of USC, NEC and CalArts. For more information, please visit theoperaoftimur.com and timurandthedimemuseum.com.