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"[Timur] is a wild, riveting performer who wields his powerful voice with heavy metal abandon" LA Times

August 8, 2017

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"Mesmerizingly unclassifiable" LA Times "Unsurpassed brilliance" Artillery Magazine "Captivating" New Classic LA

April 21, 2016

"But, what poured forth from Timur and his genius mates (including Daniel Corral, genius in his own right), was dark, steely (yes, a little ‘industrial,’ too), also chromatic, slashing, soaring and brilliant. It didn’t hurt that Timur was in especially fine voice – taking the near baritone-lows and soaring mezzo/soprano highs with unsurpassed clarity and brilliance." Ezrha Jean Black, Artillery Magazine

 

 "The mesmerizingly unclassifiable Timur Bekbosunov." "Accompanied by his hard-rocking band, Dime Museum, Bekbosunov fabulously belted the two songs from Little's "Artaud in the Black Lodge" (with texts by Beat poet Anne Waldman) that enigmatically delve into the twisted edges of William Burroughs' psyche." Mark Swed, LA Times

 

Little described the work as his imagining of what would happen if a heavy metal band tried writing art songs, and the performance (by Timur and the Dime Museum) lived up to that, complete with punk-inspired haircuts and distressed and re-sewn black clothes. Timur was a captivating frontman, standing way out at the lip of the stage, embodying the spirit of Burroughs while singing about the modernist author’s cut-up technique and the time that he cut off part of one of his fingers to impress a man he had a crush on. In keeping with the heavy metal influence, there were moments of overwhelming grunge and noise, washes of white noise that spoke to the fury of war and the urgency of desire, but there were also moments of intimacy and tenderness, as when Timur/Burroughs crooned a delicate “take it – take it – take it” (referring at times to his finger and to his body in the guise of a sexual offering), echoing the gentle yet irresistible urgings of Peter Quint in Britten and Piper’s Turn of the Screw. Brin Solomon, New Classic LA

 

 

 

 

 

 

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