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“Extravagantly transgressive tenor with a stratospheric voice” Mark Swed, LA TIMES


Kazakh-American GRAMMY Award-nominee  TIMUR collaborated with many celebrated composers, including David T. Little (Black Lodge), Thomas Adès (Powder Her Face), Tod Machover (VALIS), Evan Ziporyn (A House in Bali, Oedipus), Louis Andriessen (Theater of the World), Vera Ivanova (The Double), David Lang (Anatomy Theater), Michael Gordon (Acquanetta), Anne LeBaron (Crescent City, LSD, Silent Steppe Cantata), Daniel Corral (Collapse, Zoophilic Follies), Mohammed Fairouz (Pierrot), Silvano Bussotti (Silvano), Kate Moore (The Dam), Erling Wold (Uksus), Veronika Krausas (Hopscotch), John Kennedy (One Body), Tobias Picker (An American Tragedy), Dave Soldier (Naked Revolution), Charles Bernstein (To Beauty), Joel Goldsmith (Sonnet), and Nick Urata (Ruby Sparks).

The Opera of Timur Productions Opera



Black Lodge

An opera

Created and composed by David T. Little with legendary poet Anne Waldman, GRAMMY Award-nominated Black Lodge is a surreal psychological opera, inspired by the investigators of darkness David Lynch, Artaud and William S. Burroughs. The film version of Black Lodge is set in a nightmarish Bardo, where a tormented writer (Timur) confronts the darkest moment in his life, mining fractured memories for a way out. A woman (Jennifer Harrison Newman) is at the center of all the writer’s afterlife encounters. Performed with Timur and the Dime Museum, Isaura String Quartet and Nadia Sirota. Produced by Beth Morrison Projects for Opera Philadelphia, Executive Produced by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth,  with screenplay and direction by Michael Joseph McQuilken. 

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“...Every register, moan to scream, is handled with indefatigable goth aplomb by the charismatically wailing Timur, the film’s star [Black Lodge]

and frontman of the band.” Zachary Wolfe, New York Times

"[Timur] is a singer too multi-dimensional for mere 3-D sensibility. What we are left with in the hour-long song cycle is Timur. He moves from bass to falsetto. He embodies centuries’ worth of musical styles. He is nastily seductive, dangerous even. Timur flabbergasts from first to last." Mark Swed, LA Times

"The indescribably wonderful...lead singer Timur Bekbosunov has been compared to a symphony hall of great vocal talents, from Björk to David Bowie to Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and his incredible vocal range, dynamic and compelling stage persona, and orchestra are as big as all that." Chris Nichols, LA Magazine

 "Timur Bekbosunov, frontman of the glam rock band Timur and the Dime Museum, is an operatic tenor with a remarkably protean instrument—in “Black Lodge,” he sounds alternately like a baroque countertenor, a baritone, a rocker and a crooner." Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal

Black Lodge | Little (USA)- "[Timur] has three voices in one person and can handle the demanding music...bravura performances" Richard Sasanow, Broadway World; "A startlingly beautiful rock opera" "Jason Weisberger, Boing Boing; "Unsurpassed brilliance" Ezrha Jean Black, Artillery; "Mesmerizingly unclassifiable" Mark Swed, LA Times; "A captivating frontman... embodying the spirit of Burroughs" Brin Solomon, New Classic LA; "Combines classical with industrial goth" Peter Crimmins, WHYY; "One dark opera" A.D. Amorosi, Philadelphia Weekly; "Strong voice, swooping from vulnerable tenor to baritone rockstar swagger", Kurt Gottschalk, Bachtrack; "This s**t isn’t for everybody" Michael Talbot-Haynes, Film Threat; "A mashup of musical styles that absolutely worked together" Living Life Fearless

"Timur is a charmer right through the costuming... really carries the performance with a lot of energy and commitment. ...All that glitter and kitsch were also intended to pack depth." Neil van der Linden, Theaterkrant.

BEST OF LA 2011 edition, selected by LA Weekly - Timur: The Reform Tenor. Profiled by Erika Zora Wrightston , LA Weekly