"a punk-operatic spectacle"
— Lisa Rosen, Los Angeles Times
"Timur and the Dime
Museum's audacious calliope of crooning can be as dizzying as falling in love or massive enough to beat it out of you. Timur's liberated, vaudeville-style music is among the most original being made in LA today, despite his referencing of the canon from the classics to the
contemporary (their cover of NIN's "Closer" is out of this world). And though the visually impactful theatricality of Timur's project lacks none of the post-kitsch underworld glamour and Gothic style you'd
expect from the indie-operatic genre. Timur's music makes for smart, complex listening."
"You could never call Bekbosunov an artist of compromised vision. Though classically trained, he practices "reform opera," rejecting the elitism and orthodoxy of high art."
— Erica Zora Wrightson, LA Weekly: Best of LA People 2011
"The avant-garde cabaret act Timur and the Dime Museum entertained the crowd with thirty minutes of pure post-punk operatic bliss!"
— LA Canvas Magazine
The dark glam opera band Timur and the Dime Museum presents a galactic multimedia show for the first time on the East Coast in HERE's intimate Dorothy B. Williams Theatre. Fusing avant-garde, pop & vaudeville sounds, Timur and the Dime Museum creates a rich amalgam of sensibilities with Bjork fierceness, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins theatricality. Led by the rising opera singer from Kazakhstan Timur Bekbosunov, profiled in LA Weekly's BEST OF LA People Issue 2011, the band’s stunning intensity brings songs to cure the new depression with a post-punk bohemian attitude. Interactive multimedia, conceptualized and designed by World Technology Network fellow Jesse Gilbert, along with striking cinematic images by experimental LA filmmaker Sandra Powers, will further enhance this macabre evening of musical performance.
Formed as a result of collaboration with the Klaus Nomi songwriter Kristian Hoffman, dark glam band Timur and the Dime Museum, described by Los Angeles Times as “punk-operatic spectacle”, has appeared at the prestigious ALOUD series; on America’s Got Talent; opened for Tiger Lilies, The Red Paintings, DeVotchKa, Prince Poppycock; Un-cabaret (Margaret Cho); premiered operas “Zoophilic Follies” by Daniel Corral at Redcat Theater’s NOW festival, and “Crescent City” by Anne LeBaron. Led by “stratospheric tenor” (LA Times) Timur Bekbosunov, recently featured in LA Weekly’s BEST OF LA 2011, the band embraces multi-disciplinary collaboration as part of their ongoing work with composers and songwriters.
Immediately following their successful debut at the ALOUD series at the Mark Taper Auditiorium in LA, Timur and the Dime Museum established a strong following of fans, and received endorsements from artists, such as Amanda Palmer, DeVotchKa and Sondre Lerche. The band performed in numerous venues around LA and beyond, including Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle. The band creates unconventional and fascinating sounds, combining Timur's “charismatic tenor” (LA Times) with electric guitar, upright bass, accordion, bass clarinet, viola, and drums. Embracing the notion of multi-disciplinary contemporary projects, T&DM began a series of collaborations, directly working with composers on their music. Timur, a noted interpreter of contemporary and cross-cultural music, and the members of the band, all are graduates of California Institute of the Arts, and individually, have performed in countless major projects, productions, festivals and venues around the world.
Timur and the Dime Museum is:
Timur Bekbosunov, Daniel Corral, Andrew Lessman, Brian Walsh, David Tranchina, and Cassia Streb.
Filmography and art-direction by Sandra Powers
Interactive multimedia concept and design by Jesse Gilbert
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Cocktails and Conversation will follow the 7PM January 12th performance.
Described by Los Angeles Times as "the charismatic tenor" with "stratospheric voice", Timur Bekbosunov is a noted interpreter of contemporary and cross-cultural music. Originally from Kazakhstan, he has performed on numerous occasions with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Santa Cecilia Academy, Long Beach Opera, American Repertory Theatre, Opera Boston, Israeli Opera/JMFLA, among many others, working with composers Thomas Ades, Gian-Carlo Menotti, Anthony Davis, Sylvano Bussotti, Tobias Picker, Evan Ziporyn, Peter Eotvos, and more. He closely collaborated with Anne LeBaron on Silent Steppe Cantata, a large-scale musical project about Kazakhstan. Profiled in 2011 in LA Weekly’s People Issue, he has recorded for the band DeVotchKa; film composers Charles Bernstein, Joel Goldsmith, Kavin Hoo, Nick Urata; on Deutsche Grammophon, ANTI-, and Naxos.
Daniel Corral is a composer and multiinstrumentalist born and raised in Eagle River, Alaska. His music is a rich collusion of styles, constantly blurring the boundaries between the familiar and foreign, mirroring the diasporic evolution of cultural identity in the twentyfirst century. His unique voice finds outlet in puppet operas, accordion orchestras, handmade music boxes, electronic collages, sitespecific installations, chamber music, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Corral’s music has gained great attention in Los Angeles, being commissioned and presented by venues such as REDCAT, The Hammer Museum, MOCA, USC’s Thornton School of Music, CSUN’s Mike Curb College of Arts, The Pianospheres Series, and The Santa Monica GLOW Festival. He writes, arranges, and performs with numerous music groups, including Timur & The Dime Museum, Free Reed Conspiracy, and Tears of the Moosechaser. Corral received his MFA from Calarts, where he studied with James Tenney, Anne LeBaron, and Morton Subotnick.
Andrew Lessman is a drummer and composer active in Los Angeles since completing his Jazz BFA in 2009 at CalArts where he studied with Joe Labarbera, Aaron Serfaty, Alfred Ladzekpo, Wadada Leo Smith and Charlie Haden. A widely eclectic musician, Andrew currently drums with up-and-coming indie band Tes Elations, avant-garde jazz legend Vinny Golia, post-punk operatic band Timur and the Dime Museum, and Pitch Like Masses. He has most recently played on albums with LA jazz luminary Larry Koonse and the Vinny Golia Sextet, accompanied Susan Simpson's sci-fi puppet theater piece Exhibit A and Anne Lebaron's ground breaking opera Crescent City, and toured the west coast in support of Mount Eerie. Having previously performed twice at The Stone, Andrew is very excited to be back in NYC for Prototype.
Matthew Setzer is a musician, composer, and music technologist living in Los Angeles, California. Matthew received a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Technology from the University of Montana. He regularly performs on guitar with Ulrich Krieger, a well-known avant-garde electric guitarist and contemporary classical composer. Matthew graduated from the California Institute of the Arts with a Masters of Fine Arts in Experimental Sound Practices. He studied with: David Rosenboom (composition, biofeedback systems), Ajay Kapur (programming, robotics), Mark Trayle (Max/MSP, interface design), Ulrich Krieger (composition, ritual methods), and Morton Subotnick (composition). Recently, Matthew developed an interactive microphone enabling a performer to control audio/video elements with gestural movements, which has been utilized in his later compositions for dance and voice. He is also a guitarist for the gothic industrial band London After Midnight.
David Tranchina, bassist, teacher, and composer, is a well-known musician on the Los Angeles scene. As a classical bassist, he is known for his big warm sound, solid groove and inventive melodic solos. His compositions range from jazz to experimental and avant-garde. Originally from Forestville, California, he began studies with Classical bass virtuoso Barry Green at UC Santa Cruz where he earned is Bachelor’s Degree in Music. He moved to Los Angeles to attend Calarts, where he studied with Charlie Haden, and Darek Oles, and received his Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance in 2008. David has performed with Bennie Maupin, Gary Fukushima, Matt Otto, Nate Wood, Gonzalo Bergara, Lorca Hart, Walter Smith III, Bobby Watson, Mike Barone, Butch Morris, William Winant, Smith Dobson, Vinny Golia, Larry Koonse, and Joe LaBarbara. David has played some of the top jazz venues in Los Angeles, including The Jazz Bakery, Catalina, Vibrato, The Temple Bar, 2nd Street Jazz, Cafe Metropol, The Mint, and REDCAT.
Cassia Streb is a Los Angeles-based violist, improviser and composer. She is active in the field of contemporary and experimental music, performs regularly as a soloist and a chamber musician, and collaborates with a variety of artists from many disciplines. She performs with the Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, the California EAR Unit, Wadada Leo Smith’s Silver Orchestra and Guthrie & Streb. Cassia is also sought after as a soloist, particularly for her interpretation of modern scores and microtonal works, and she collaborates with many artists from the fields of electronic music, western classical instruments and composes for theatre, dance and film. She has commissioned and performed a number of works by both established and emerging composers and she has worked closely with a range of artists including Christian Wolff, James Tenney, Michael Pisaro Jurg Frey, John Zorn, Morton Subotnik, Mark Trayle, Radu Malfatti and many others. Cassia holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Victoria and a Masters’ degree from the California Institute of the Arts.
Ashley Bathgate, Special Guest A native of Saratoga Springs, NY, cellist Ashley Bathgate has gained international renown as both a soloist and chamber musician. The New York Times writes, “Ms. Bathgate's rich tone, fluid dynamics and imaginative phrasing captured the magic.” Equally at home in both the concert hall and the rock club, Ashley focuses on presenting concerts that draw from a wide range of musical genres. Her dedication to performing classical music is equally matched by her passion to promote new music by today's composers. She is a member of the award winning, internationally acclaimed Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Metropolis Ensemble and three chamber groups of which she is a founding member: TwoSense, Typical Music and Bonjour. She has recorded for Nonesuch, Naxos, Cantaloupe Music, Albany Records and La- La Land Records. Ashley received her bachelor's degree from Bard College and a master's degree from Yale University where she studied with cellist and professor, Aldo Parisot. She currently resides in Manhattan, NY.
Peruvian-American filmmaker Sandra Powers has always had an interest in the fantastical and the macabre. Compared by Seoul Today to “Kenneth Anger in its grotesque”, and as “rejecting logic of signification yet penetrating very deeply into the tragic story of humanity”, Sandra’s films have been screened at Experiencia in Berlin, Festival Begane Grond in Netherlands, Cinema De Balie in Amsterdam, Experimental Film and Video Festival / EXiS in Seoul, Festival Images Contre Nature/ P’Siloin France, Wimbledon Short Films Festival in England, Freeways Festival in Los Angeles, KIMEP in Kazakhstan; and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in the exhibition Contemporary Surrealists. As an editor, she worked on documentaries “The Inner Movie” based on Timothy Leary's theories; “The Bakersfield Sound”; and various TV-shows for Nickelodeon. Her latest film The Nomad’s Song received a City of Los Angeles DCA grant, as part of the Silent Steppe Cantata project. She is a recipient of awards from Puffin Foundation, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts, for her contribution to the multimedia exhibition “Dido and Aeneas” at the Fisch Haus Museum in Kansas.
Jesse Gilbert works in sound and software design, creating flexible tools that are activated in live performance, via network interaction, or in installation settings. His work has recently focused on developing SpectralGL, an interactive 3D visual instrument, on building multi-channel immersive sonic environments, and on composing electro-acoustic music for the moving image. Gilbert started Dark Matter Media LLC in 2007, through which he consults on a variety of projects in the art and entertainment industries. He is currently the Chair of the Media Technology program at Woodbury University, and has taught interactive software design at both CalArts and UC San Diego. Gilbert’s collaborative and solo work has been shown widely in the US and abroad and has collaborated with a wide range of artists and researchers across many disciplines. His collaborative work with video artist Carole Kim was featured in Aspect Magazine Vol. 2: Artists of the West Coast. His online work was featured in Peter Traub’s article Sounding the Net: Recent Sonic Works for the Internet and Computer Networks in Contemporary Music Review, December 2005. In December 2010 he was voted a Finalist for the World Technology Award in the Arts and inducted as a new Fellow by the World Technology Network.
The Dime Museums were extremely popular in the United States at the end of the 19th Century. Designed as places for cheap entertainment and moral edification of immigrants and workers, set in direct opposition to high culture events, the Dime Museum reached its peak during the Progressive Era. While inspired by the DIY quality of such centers, Timur and the Dime Museum delves deeper into various characters of the American society, and explores its stories and elements with a phantasmagoric reflection and a bohemian allure, creating a dark vaudevillian fantasy. Every song has an allegorical stipulation, though some songs are best described in terms of abandonment, where one leaves the chronological time of the society in favor of theatrical disguise. Every sound is on a post-punk operatic search for characters of the long-gone past, while wearing sparkles, glitter and lipstick.
- Timur Bekbosunov