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Timur and the Dime Museum

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About the Show

The 2013 PROTOTYPE smash hit dark-glam opera band TIMUR AND THE DIME MUSEUM returns for a one-night-only presentation at Joe's Pub. Playing songs from their Requiem for the planet, Collapse (in a preview for the NYC premiere coming up in fall 2015), originals and fan-favorite cover tunes, this will be a night not to be missed. Fusing avant-garde, pop, and 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, and 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.

Timur and the Dime Museum 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.

CREDITS

Costume Design by Victor Wilde and Bohemian Society

Sound Engineering by Jay Eigenmann

Performed by Timur and the Dime Museum

CAST

Lead Vocals by TIMUR

Keys, Accordion, Samples, Vocals by Daniel Corral

Drums by Andrew Lessman

Electric Guitar, Vocals by Matthew Setzer

Electric Bass, Vocals by David Tranchina

Produced by Beth Morrison Projects

Co-presented by Joe's Pub

 

Artist Bio

TIMUR AND THE DIME MUSEUM is a post-punk band that fuses alternative indie, rock and contemporary classical sounds with a Bjork-like fierceness and The Residents' theatricality. Formed in 2010 for a collaboration with the Klaus Nomi songwriter Kristian Hoffman, the band is led by the opera singer TIMUR, described by LA Weekly as a "brilliant architect of tension." After their successful debut on the prestigious ALOUD series in LA and an appearance on they went on to open for such stellar artists as the Tiger Lilies, The Red Paintings, and Mucca Pazza. They were featured at the REDCAT Theater Gala with Jack Black, NYC's Joe's Pub, LA's House of Blues, LAX Festival 2013 and the Krampus LA Festival. The band's stunning intensity brings unconventional songs to cure the new depression with a bohemian attitude, combining the voice of TIMUR with guitar, bass, accordion, keys and drums. T&DM collaborated with member Daniel Corral on Zoophilic Follies at NOW Festival at REDCAT Theater; multimedia hyper-opera Crescent City by Anne LeBaron and the Industry LA; and in 2013 as part of the inaugural PROTOTYPE Festival at HERE Arts Center. Upcoming performances include Miami Light Project and Operadagen Festival. timurandthedimemuseum.com

DANIEL CORRAL (Keys, Accordion, Samples, and Vocals) is a composer and multi-instrumentalist 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 twenty-first century. Currently living in Los Angeles, his unique voice finds outlet in puppet operas, accordion orchestras, handmade music boxes, electronic collages, site-specific installations, chamber music, post-punk opera, and inter-disciplinary collaborations. Corral's music has been commissioned and presented by venues such as REDCAT, The Hammer Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, USC's Thornton School of Music, CSUN, Mike Curb College of Arts, Pianospheres Series, Automata, Machine Project, SASSAS, The Wulf, Pasadena All Saints Choir, and The Santa Monica GLOW Festival. He is musical director, producer, and accordionist/keyboardist for Timur & The Dime Museum, and is also director of experimental accordion orchestra, Free Reed Conspiracy. Corral has collaborated with artists such as Anne LeBaron, Vicki Ray, Charles Gaines, Stephen Prina, Wild Up, Formalist String Quartet, Vinnie Golia, Daron Hagen, Opera Povera, Yakima Chamber Symphony, The Industry, LA Electric 8, California EAR Unit, Kairos String Quartet, Bo Sul Kim, All Saints Choir, Cudamani, and Sojourn Theatre. Corral was recently announced as an awardee of the Headlands Center for the Arts 2014 Artist In Residence program. He received his MFA from Calarts, where he studied with James Tenney, Anne LeBaron, and Morton Subotnick.

ANDREW LESSMAN (Drums) is a drummer and composer based in Los Angeles since completing his Jazz BFA at CalArts in 2009 where he studied with Joe Labarbera (drums), Aaron Serfaty (drums, latin percussion), Alfred Ladzekpo (Ghanaian dance-drumming), Wadada Leo Smith (composition), Larry Koonse and Charlie Haden (improvisation). A widely eclectic musician, Andrew currently drums with world-infused psych-pop band, Incan Abraham, operatic glam-punk outfit, TIMUR, avant-garde jazz legend, Vinny Golia, and co-leads hard-bop quartet, The Essentials. He has toured extensively in Europe and North America and maintains an active involvement in LA’s creative music scene. www.andrewondrums.com

MATTHEW SETZER (Electric Guitar, Vocals) is an LA based musician and sound engineer/producer. Guitar credits include punk-opera group Timur and the Dime Museum and gothic industrial band "London After Midnight." Both groups have upcoming US and European tours. Dipping into multiple genre's Matthew is co-creator of "Indradevi." An electronic Drum-n-Bass project mixed with Southeast Asian music and culture. Indradevi will headline the Cambodian Music Festival at the Hollywood Ford Amphitheater this summer. While at CalArts Matthew developed an EEG biofeedback system for live music application. Collaborating with ritual performance artist Louis Fleischauer of "Aesthetic Meat Front,"
Matthew combined EEG with flesh hook suspension art. Most recent
performance was Tokyo September 2013. Matthew is also the Troupe Music Director for CoRE (Constructs of Ritual Evolution). Both AMF and CoRE combine ritual, theater, music, and the body. Stage manager for the Skinny Puppy tour "Shapes for Arms" Matthew is back in LA. He is the sound engineer and producer at the Wonderland Recording Studio. Many exciting and new opportunities are in the works for this Montana native. www.matthewsetzer.com

TIMUR (Vocals), "the extravagantly transgressive tenor" (LA Times), has made solo appearances with LA Philharmonic, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Opera Boston, Spoleto Festival, Santa Cecilia Academy, JMFLA, Pannon Symphony and band DeVotchKa, among many others. TIMUR has worked with many renowned composers, including Thomas Ad's, Evan Ziporyn, Silvano Bussotti, David R. Little, Mohammed Fairouz, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Anne LeBaron, the late Gian-Carlo Menotti, Peter Eötvös, Nick Urata, Charles Bernstein, and Tobias Picker. Timur premiered Silent Steppe Cantata by Anne LeBaron, a large-scale composition about Kazakhstan, and the subject of documentary The Nomad's Song.His voice is featured on the soundtrack of Ruby Sparks, and on variety of recordings, released by Naxos USA, Milan Records, Deutsche Grammophon and ANTI-. He is currently an adjunct faculty member of CalArts. www.theoperaoftimur.com

DAVID TRANCHIA (Electric Bass, Vocals), a 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. www.davidtranchina.com

VICTOR WILDE (Costumes), fashion designer (b. Brooklyn, 1976) founded fashion and lifestyle label The Bohemian Society in Downtown LA in 2003, where he continues to live, work, and produce his signature brand of post-punk couture. An emerging staple of international progressive fashion, Wilde’s designs and custom pieces can be seen everywhere from Tokyo Fashion Week to MTV to the avant-garde stage. With a background in visual and performance art, Wilde approaches fashion as an artistic undertaking, pursuing a combination of mixedmedia design and hand-wrought craft, incorporating elements of painting, text, and sculptural assemblage into the fine-art clothing that bears his crest. Wilde sees fashion as the ultimate forum for a figuratively and metaphorically collaborative, interactive art form, and is honored and inspired by Timur’s invitation of The Bohemian Society to help bring the important vision of Collapse to life through costume.

 

Artist Statement

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 aspects of 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

 

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Joe’s Pub

425 Lafayette St., New York, NY

Show Press

Bekbosunov is...a flamboyant performer with the emotive tendencies of Rufus Wainwright and a beautifully haunting voice
— Erica Zora Wrightson , LA Times