Timur and the Dime Museum

Kazakh-American tenor Timur Bekbosunov, praised by La Reppublica as "talented and effective", and LA Times as "charismatic tenor" with "stratospheric voice", is a noted interpreter of contemporary opera music in the United States and Europe. He has made solo appearances with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Israeli Opera-JFLA, Santa Cecilia Academy, Opera Boston, Modern Art Ensemble of Berlin, American Repertory Theater, Long Beach Opera, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, the Industry LA, and Rosanna Gamson/World Wide; at the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, BAM and Berlin Konzerthaus, among many others. Recently profiled in LA Weekly's People Issue 2011, Timur has worked and collaborated with many renowned composers, including Thomas Ades (Powder Her Face), Evan Ziporyn (A House in Bali, Oedipus), Anne LeBaron (Crescent City, Silent Steppe Cantata), Silvano Bussotti (Silvano Sylvano), Anthony Davis (Revolution of Forms), Tobias Picker (An American Tragedy) and Peter Eötvös (Snatches of Conversations).  www.theoperaoftimur.com

Timur Bekbosunov

Lead Vocals 

2010 - present

2010 - present

Daniel Corral

Accordion, keyboard ||| Music Director 

Daniel Corral is a composer and multi­instrumentalist 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 twenty­first century. His unique voice finds outlet in puppet operas, accordion orchestras, handmade music boxes, electronic collages, site­specific installations, chamber music, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Corral’s music has gained great attention in Los Angeles, being commissioned and presented by venues such as REDCAT, The Hammer Museum, MOCA, USC’s Thornton School of Music, CSUN’s Mike Curb College of Arts, The Pianospheres Series, and The Santa Monica GLOW Festival. He writes, arranges, and performs with numerous music groups, including Timur & The Dime Museum, Free Reed Conspiracy, and Tears of the Moosechaser. Corral received his MFA from Calarts, where he studied with James Tenney, Anne LeBaron, and Morton Subotnick. www.spinalfrog.com

Andrew Lessman is a drummer and composer active in Los Angeles since completing his Jazz BFA in 2009 at CalArts where he studied with Joe Labarbera, Aaron Serfaty, Alfred Ladzekpo, Wadada Leo Smith and Charlie Haden. A widely eclectic musician, Andrew currently drums with the rock band Incan Abraham, avant-garde jazz legend Vinny Golia, post-punk operatic band Timur and the Dime Museum, and Pitch Like Masses. He has most recently played on albums with LA jazz luminary Larry Koonse and the Vinny Golia Sextet, accompanied Susan Simpson's sci-fi puppet theater piece Exhibit A and Anne Lebaron's ground breaking opera Crescent City, and toured the west coast in support of Mount Eerie. Having previously performed twice at The Stone, Andrew is very excited to be back in NYC for Prototype 2015. www.andrewondrums.com

Andrew Lessman

Drums

Matthew Setzer is a Los Angeles based musician.  CalArts graduate in Experimental Sound he studied with Morton Subotnik, Ulrich Krieger, and Mark Trayle.  Emerging from the LA goth scene Matthew is now a member of seminal industrial band Skinny Puppy.  Keeping in that vein he also performs with ohGr and had 11 years touring with London After
Midnight.  Departing from that world Matthew is co-creator and musician with Indradevi; a South East Asian influenced world electronic project utilizing synths, guitars, female vocals, and Indonesian gamelan.  Specifically influenced by Cambodian pop artists
from the 60’s and 70’s that were murdered by the Khmer Rouge.  On a much different note, Timur and the Dime Museum is a punk vaudeville opera project.  Matthew has been there since the beginning and would agree this is the STRANGEST band he’s ever been in!  The music, videos, costuming, and live productions have unparalleled artistic integrity.  Alongside Beth Morrison Projects the future with Timur and the Dime Museum is bright and beautiful.  Matthew’s new endeavors include a duo with Eric Melvin from the punk band NOFX, and the creation of a very exciting new performance venue in the LA Arts
District. 
www.matthewsetzer.com

Matthew Setzer

Electric guitar

David Tranchina

Electric bass

David Tranchina, 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 started playing bass at age 13, and was self taught until 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’s, Vibrato, The Temple Bar, 2nd Street Jazz, Cafe Metropol, The Mint, and REDCAT. www.davidtranchina.com

Sandra Powers

Photographer

The following guest musicians have appeared with the band:



Former founding members: Brian Walsh, clarinet; 

Cassia Streb, viola; Chris Votek, cello; Jimi Cabeza de Vaca, banjo.

 

Kristian Hoffman, keys; Andrew Tholl, violin; Dorian Wood, vocals; Argenta Walther, vocals; April Guthrie, cello; Alex Noice, guitar; Charlene Huang, violin; James Barry, bass; Maesa Pullman, vocals; Liberty Larsen, vocals; Ori Barel, guitar; Abby Travis, vocals; Erin Armstrong, bass clarinet; Jennifer Lindsay, violin; John Graves, upright bass; Maxim Velichkin, cello; Graham Chapman, bass; Mary Au, toy piano; Isaac Schankler, toy piano, accordion; The Petrojvic Brothers; Erin Barnes, percussion; Spencer Zahn, bass

 

Sound engineer: Jay Eigenmann

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PRESS QUOTES

"Punk-operatic spectacle"

LA Times



"Smashing, romantic, noisy"

LA Weekly

 

"A symphony hall of great vocal talents"  LA Magazine



"Brilliant architect of tension"

LA Weekly

"Mesmerizing"      

Artillery Magazine

 

"Words fail to capture the magnificence and contrasting glory and weirdness" Flavorpill NYC 

 

"Blurs the line between indie rock and smoky cabaret"

Short & Sweet NYC