School of Music

Timur Bekbosunov

Timur Bekbosunov

TIMUR, “extravagantly transgressive tenor” with “stratospheric voice” (LA TIMES), is a noted Kazakh-American opera singer of contemporary and cross-cultural music. He has made solo appearances with the LA Philharmonic, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Sarasota Opera, Santa Cecilia Academy, Opera Philadelphia, Long Beach Opera, Utah Opera, PROTOTYPE Festival, Opera Boston, Fresno Grand Opera, Victoria Symphony, Astana Philharmonic, Palace of the Arts Budapest (MUPA), JMCLA, American Repertory Theater, and The Industry LA. Profiled in LA Weekly’s special edition of BEST OF LA PEOPLE 2011, Timur worked 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), Anne LeBaron (Crescent City, LSD, Silent Steppe Cantata), David T. Little (Artaud in the Black Lodge), Mohammed Fairouz (Pierrot), Silvano Bussotti (Silvano Sylvano), Erling Wold (Uksus), Matt Marks (Strip Mall), Veronika Krausas (Lady M, Hopscotch), Peter Eötvös (Snatches of Conversations), Tobias Picker (An American Tragedy); and film composers Charles Bernstein, Joel Goldsmith and Nick Urata. Timur has 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. Now the subject of a documentary The Nomad’s Song by American filmmaker Sandra Powers, the project has brought together many arts organizations around Kazakhstan and the United States over the course of three years. The highlights of his upcoming projects in 2017-2018 and beyond include a debut with Hawaii Opera Theater; Acquanetta by Michael Gordon; a staged production of Carmina Burana in Sarasota; Love, Honor, Obey in collaboration with Margaret Cho; One Body by John Kennedy; an operatic installation Permanent Revolution: Frida and Trotsky; and with support from the National Performance Network, Nueva Canción: Songs of Protest and Resistance.

Timur regularly performs with his theatrical glam-rock band Timur and the Dime Museum. The band has performed in numerous venues in LA; on America’s Got Talent, REDCAT Gala with Jack Black and Steampunk Seattle; opened for Tiger Lilies and DeVotchKa; and closely collaborated with the Klaus Nomi songwriter, Kristian Hoffman. The band was featured in the opera Zoophilic Follies by Daniel Corral at the NOW Festival; the Industry LA production of Crescent City; and in NYC as part of the PROTOTYPE 2013 and 2015. Most recently, Timur and the Dime Museum performed a critically-acclaimed project COLLAPSE by Daniel Corral, with performances at 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 tells a story of environmental disasters. It is now available as an album, produced by DeVotchKa’s front man, Nick Urata. Currently, the band is working on “Artaud in the Black Lodge,” a new theatrical show by David T. Little.

Timur curated and produced Mostly Menotti Festival with the Pulitzer-prize winning composer Gian-Carlo Menotti. 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. In 2017, he conceptualized and staged Still Life After Death by Chinary Ung for CSUSB.

His voice can be heard on the soundtrack of the Hollywood film Ruby Sparks, released by Fox Searchlight, and on a variety of recordings by Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, -ANTI, innova, and Milan Records. Timur is a recipient of awards from the Samuel Ramey Development Fund, Anna Sosenko Trust Fund, Young Artists International, CEC ArtsLink, Puffin Foundation, Opera Buffs, City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs and Kansas Cultural Trust Fund. He is a graduate of WSU, NEC, USC and CalArts. Currently, Timur serves as a creative consultant and an associate producer to ACE Pictures Entertainment, a film investment subsidiary of Malaysian-based ACE Group conglomerate. He is a faculty member at The Herb Alpert School of Music at the California Institute of the Arts.

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