TIMUR, “extravagantly transgressive tenor” with “stratospheric voice” (Mark Swed, LA TIMES), is a Kazakh-American singer of contemporary opera and cross-cultural music. His solo appearances include with LA Philharmonic, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Hawaii Opera Theater, Operadagen Rotterdam, Sarasota Opera, Santa Cecilia Academy, PROTOTYPE Festival, BAM Next Wave, Palace of the Arts Budapest (MUPA), LA Opera, and The Industry LA.
Profiled in LA Weekly’s special edition of BEST OF LA PEOPLE 2011, Timur collaborated with many celebrated contemporary composers, including Thomas Adès (Powder Her Face), Evan Ziporyn (A House in Bali, Oedipus, F.A.Q.), Louis Andriessen (Theater of the World), David Lang (Anatomy Theater), Michael Gordon (Acquanetta), Anne LeBaron (Crescent City, LSD, Silent Steppe Cantata), David T. Little (Artaud in the Black Lodge), Mohammed Fairouz (Pierrot), Silvano Bussotti (Silvano Sylvano), Kate Moore (The Dam) Erling Wold (Uksus), Veronika Krausas (Hopscotch), Peter Eötvös (Snatches of Conversations), Tobias Picker (An American Tragedy); and film composers Charles Bernstein, Joel Goldsmith and Nick Urata.
Recent performances included a solo recital of songs by Soviet composers in Washington, D.C. at the Embassy of France; The Importance of Being Earnest by Gerald Barry with NOF in France and Switzerland; and Acquanetta by Michael Gordon at Bard SummerScape Festival.
Timur also performs with his theatrical glam-rock band Timur and the Dime Museum. Notable appearances include America’s Got Talent; REDCAT Gala with Jack Black; opening for Tiger Lilies and DeVotchKa; and closely collaborating with the Klaus Nomi songwriter, Kristian Hoffman.
His band was featured in the opera Zoophilic Follies by Daniel Corral at the NOW Festival; the Industry LA production of Crescent City; and as part of PROTOTYPE Festival 2013 and 2015. Recently, Timur and the Dime Museum performed a critically-acclaimed project COLLAPSE by Daniel Corral at LA’s Redcat Theater, Miami Light Project, Operadagen Rotterdam and BAM 2015 Next Wave Festival. Produced by Beth Morrison Projects in collaboration with fashion designer Victor Wilde and video artist Jesse Gilbert, COLLAPSE told a story of environmental disasters. It is now available as an album, produced by DeVotchKa’s frontman, Nick Urata.
2020-21 season will see the band perform Nueva Canción: Songs of Protest and Resistance, a recipient of the NPN/VAN commission, and in the world premiere of Artaud in the Black Lodge by David T. Little.
2019-20 opera recordings include Young Caesar with LA Phil on The Industry LA Records; Naked Revolution by Dave Soldier on Mulatta Records; Uksus on MinMax / Starkland label; Acquanetta by Michael Gordon and Anatomy Theater by David Lang on Cantaloupe Records.
Timur collaborated with Anne LeBaron on her large-scale musical project about Kazakhstan, Silent Steppe Cantata, which premiered at the Congress Hall in Almaty in 2010 and Astana in 2011. He regularly works with film artist Sandra Powers as a co-producer and co-creator of music videos. As a grant recipient of the Center for Cultural Innovation and Foundation for Contemporary Art, Timur designed and directed theatrical installation DO_SCREAM, based on opera Dido and Aeneas, for Fisch Haus Museum in Kansas, and the California Institute of the Arts.
As a creative executive of ACE Pictures Entertainment, a subsidiary of Malaysian-based ACE Group corporation, which provides investment opportunities for film financing and production, Timur executive produced Clemency, starring Golden Globe-winner Alfre Woodard (Grand Jury Prize Winner at Sundance 2019); Imaginary Order, a dark comedy, starring Wendi McLendon-Covey (Sundance 2019); Measure of Revenge, a thriller starring Oscar-winner Melissa Leo and Bella Thorne; M for Magic, a documentary about the world-renowned Magic Castle in Hollywood; Color Out of Space, a horror starring Nicolas Cage (TIFF 2019); the supernatural thriller Daniel Isn't Real (SXSW 2019) with Elijah Wood’s Company X; and Come Away, a fantasy-drama, starring Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie and directed by Oscar-winner Brenda Chapman (Sundance 2020).
And Timur's last name is Bekbosunov, if you've got this far.
The Opera of Timur Productions is a combination of all creative projects involving TIMUR and the worlds of opera, performance art and his band, Timur and the Dime Museum.
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