Timur and the Dime Museum
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Timur and the Dime Museum

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
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"Among the most original being made in LA today"



Timur and the Dime Museum's audacious calliope of crooning can be as dizzying as falling in love or massive enough beat it out of you. Timur's liberated, vaudeville-style music is among the most original being made in LA today, despite his referencing of the canon from the classics to the contemporary (their cover of NIN's "Closer" is out of this world). And though the visually impactful theatricality of Tiimur's project lacks none of the post-kitsch underworld glamour and Gothic style you'd expect from the indie-operatic genre, the music makes for smart, complex listening. Get a sense of it all in the new "music film" project Autumn, a collaboration with Sandra Powers. - Flavorpill LA


"Punk-operatic spectacle"

They're not just bringing the laughs. On a recent night, the band Chromium Heart played heartfelt songs, while Timur and the Dime Museum put on a punk-operatic spectacle. - LA Times


"Genre-bending project"

Hailing from Los Angeles is Timur and the Dime Museum (TDM), a genre-bending project that blurs the line between indie rock and smoky cabaret. TDM is anchored by frontman Timur Bekbusunov, an opera singer with bombastic flair; he also lends these talents to gypsy rockers, Devotchka, in his off time, which is how I came across this band. I caught TDM for a midsummer night’s concert over at Joe’s Pub.

TDM’s theatrical influence makes them a highly interesting act to watch. Timur’s singing during some of the wilder moments is truly the vocal equivalent of a wild guitar solo. Also, each member of TDM is costumed in what could be described as a goth’s vision of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. Bass, guitar, drums, and accordion & keys round out the live group. They ended the show with a cover of Nine Inch Nails’s classic, “Closer,” a more than fitting tune for the flavor of this group. Check out their last release, X-Ray Sunsets. - Short & Sweet NYC


"Genre-bending project"

Hailing from Los Angeles is Timur and the Dime Museum (TDM), a genre-bending project that blurs the line between indie rock and smoky cabaret. TDM is anchored by frontman Timur Bekbusunov, an opera singer with bombastic flair; he also lends these talents to gypsy rockers, Devotchka, in his off time, which is how I came across this band. I caught TDM for a midsummer night’s concert over at Joe’s Pub.

TDM’s theatrical influence makes them a highly interesting act to watch. Timur’s singing during some of the wilder moments is truly the vocal equivalent of a wild guitar solo. Also, each member of TDM is costumed in what could be described as a goth’s vision of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. Bass, guitar, drums, and accordion & keys round out the live group. They ended the show with a cover of Nine Inch Nails’s classic, “Closer,” a more than fitting tune for the flavor of this group. Check out their last release, X-Ray Sunsets. - Short & Sweet NYC


"Post-modern Svengali"

The opening wall of sound had moments where there seemed to be nods to the The Tornados’ 1962 hit “Telstar,” but then these are glam and galactic people. “Asleep at the Wheel” was set up in a very winsome manner, as Timur had the affect of a precocious and louche genius, radiating the kind of sexuality that encourage men and women alike to connect with him on every level. There were times when the light caught his eyes making them a glowing reddish brown and this post-Modern Svengali took us for a ride. - Q on Stage


"Post-modern Svengali"

The opening wall of sound had moments where there seemed to be nods to the The Tornados’ 1962 hit “Telstar,” but then these are glam and galactic people. “Asleep at the Wheel” was set up in a very winsome manner, as Timur had the affect of a precocious and louche genius, radiating the kind of sexuality that encourage men and women alike to connect with him on every level. There were times when the light caught his eyes making them a glowing reddish brown and this post-Modern Svengali took us for a ride. - Q on Stage


"Love the accent, love the charm. Obvious star quality."

Hey: For our neo-Weimar times, this Timur Bekbosunov is some kind of singer. Trim kid from Kazakhstan moonlighting from his opera gig, but disdaining the classical geek factor: instead substitute eye makeup, asymmetrical coif, maximum camp. And oh yeah, at least four octaves of precise power, from rib-shaking baritone to eyeball-cracking falsetto. Timur put that voice to work on his idol Kristian Hoffman's urban-sophisticated "That's Something New" and melodramatic "Total Eclipse" (famed from Klaus Nomi's interpretation), cuddling a fake ermine stole and gnawing the scenery to clown out the Hungarian weeper "Gloomy Sunday." And he plainly delighted in non-underplaying the "f*ck you like an animal" sentiments of Nine Inch Nails' "Closer." Thanks to the wink-wink civilized stylings of his Dime Museum band, Timur executed Ian Gillan screams and Justin Hawkins jet howls without ever stooping to anything so crude as rock. Love the accent, love the charm. Obvious star quality. - Metal Jazz


"Love the accent, love the charm. Obvious star quality."

Hey: For our neo-Weimar times, this Timur Bekbosunov is some kind of singer. Trim kid from Kazakhstan moonlighting from his opera gig, but disdaining the classical geek factor: instead substitute eye makeup, asymmetrical coif, maximum camp. And oh yeah, at least four octaves of precise power, from rib-shaking baritone to eyeball-cracking falsetto. Timur put that voice to work on his idol Kristian Hoffman's urban-sophisticated "That's Something New" and melodramatic "Total Eclipse" (famed from Klaus Nomi's interpretation), cuddling a fake ermine stole and gnawing the scenery to clown out the Hungarian weeper "Gloomy Sunday." And he plainly delighted in non-underplaying the "f*ck you like an animal" sentiments of Nine Inch Nails' "Closer." Thanks to the wink-wink civilized stylings of his Dime Museum band, Timur executed Ian Gillan screams and Justin Hawkins jet howls without ever stooping to anything so crude as rock. Love the accent, love the charm. Obvious star quality. - Metal Jazz


"Incredible operatic, Bryan Ferry-ish tenor"

With his dark, goth manner, lopsided haircut and sickly pallor, this incredible operatic, Bryan Ferry-ish tenor from Kazakhstan, the home of Borat, could well be cast in an upcoming Twilight sequel or episode of True Blood. He could well be a fusion of Tiny Tim and Enrique Caruso for the new depression. - Hits Magazine


"Incredible operatic, Bryan Ferry-ish tenor"

With his dark, goth manner, lopsided haircut and sickly pallor, this incredible operatic, Bryan Ferry-ish tenor from Kazakhstan, the home of Borat, could well be cast in an upcoming Twilight sequel or episode of True Blood. He could well be a fusion of Tiny Tim and Enrique Caruso for the new depression. - Hits Magazine


"Performance knew no bounds"

Billed as a “dark glam opera band,” Timur and the Dime Museum, which also closed over the weekend, gave a lovable performance of pure camp in sequined pants and capes strung with strands of blue lights. Fronted by Kazakh tenor Timur Bekbosunov, the group’s songs called to mind David Bowie (who they covered) and the Dresden Dolls. Bekbosunov’s voice and commitment to his act — complete with a pantomimed kiss with “The Phantom of the Opera” — knew no bounds. - The Star-Ledger


"Performance knew no bounds"

Billed as a “dark glam opera band,” Timur and the Dime Museum, which also closed over the weekend, gave a lovable performance of pure camp in sequined pants and capes strung with strands of blue lights. Fronted by Kazakh tenor Timur Bekbosunov, the group’s songs called to mind David Bowie (who they covered) and the Dresden Dolls. Bekbosunov’s voice and commitment to his act — complete with a pantomimed kiss with “The Phantom of the Opera” — knew no bounds. - The Star-Ledger


"Post-Punk Screaming Opera"

Timur And The Dime Museum Offer Up Post-Punk Screaming Opera
If you put Borat and Rufus Wainwright in a band you might wind up with the unique sound that belongs to Timur and the Dime Museum, a five piece chamber orchestra featuring viola, cello, accordion, guitar and bass, and fronted by Kazakhstan-born Timur Bekbosunov. - NPR "Here and Now"


"Post-Punk Screaming Opera"

Timur And The Dime Museum Offer Up Post-Punk Screaming Opera
If you put Borat and Rufus Wainwright in a band you might wind up with the unique sound that belongs to Timur and the Dime Museum, a five piece chamber orchestra featuring viola, cello, accordion, guitar and bass, and fronted by Kazakhstan-born Timur Bekbosunov. - NPR "Here and Now"


"Program's promise fulfilled"

“But only when tenor Timur Bekbosunov, a native of Kazakhstan, joined them for three popular Russian songs, written between 1919 and 1942 was the program’s promise fulfilled." (Review of the In Shadow of Stalin Festival, Los Angeles, Walt Disney Concert Hall) - The Wall Street Journal


"Program's promise fulfilled"

“But only when tenor Timur Bekbosunov, a native of Kazakhstan, joined them for three popular Russian songs, written between 1919 and 1942 was the program’s promise fulfilled." (Review of the In Shadow of Stalin Festival, Los Angeles, Walt Disney Concert Hall) - The Wall Street Journal


"Sybaritic delight"

“The German painter Walter Spies is sung with silky luxuriance by tenor Timur Bekbosunov. He is a sybaritic delight.” - The San Francisco Chronicle


"Sybaritic delight"

“The German painter Walter Spies is sung with silky luxuriance by tenor Timur Bekbosunov. He is a sybaritic delight.” - The San Francisco Chronicle


"Delicately lovely tenor"

"Bekbosunov, dressed as a man dressed a woman, exhibited a delicately lovely tenor". - The OC Register


"Delicately lovely tenor"

"Bekbosunov, dressed as a man dressed a woman, exhibited a delicately lovely tenor". - The OC Register


"Brilliant architect of tension"

"Bekbosunov knows what his audience likes and he is a brilliant architect of tension.
He is a fascinating Kazakh-American hybrid, a flamboyant performer with the emotive tendencies of Rufus Wainwright and a beautifully haunting voice..." - LA Weekly


Discography

LP "X-ray Sunsets", released on July 1, 2013. Available for downloads on iTunes worldwide. Previewed on KXLU, WFMU, and nationwide on NPR's Here and Now program.

LP "The Collection: Songs from the Operatic Underworld", released on July 27, 2010. Available for downloads at www.timurandthedimemuseum.com, iTunes, and as a podcast.

Official music videos "Autumn" (distributed by Ouat Media) and "Life on Mars", directed by Sandra Powers and Masque Film Productions.

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Described by NPR's Here and Now as "punk-screaming operatic spectacle", the LA-band Timur and the Dime Museum fuses alternative pop sounds with Talking Heads fierceness and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins theatricality. Formed in 2010 in collaboration with the Klaus Nomi songwriter Kristian Hoffman, the band is led by renowned opera singer from Kazakhstan, TIMUR, profiled in LA Weekly's BEST OF LA People Issue 2011. Following the band's successful debut at the Mark Taper Auditorium in LA, and an appearance on America’s Got Talent 2011, they have established a strong following of fans and gathered endorsements from Sondre Lerche, Amanda Palmer and DeVotchKa. The band performed in numerous venues around LA and beyond, including the Echo, Silver Lake Lounge, the Bootleg Theater, Steve Allen Theater; the Satellite (opening for The Red Paintings); the Echoplex (opening for Tiger Lilies); Royal T (with Prince Poppycock); Un-Cabaret (with Margaret Cho); Redcat (with actor Jack Black), Portland Arts Center, the Steamcon II in Seattle and Joe's Pub in NYC.

The band’s stunning intensity brings songs to cure the new depression with a bohemian attitude, combining Timur's “stratospheric voice” (LA Times) with electric guitar, bass, accordion/midi and drums. Embracing multi-disciplinary projects, the band has collaborated with Daniel Corral on "Zoophilic Follies" at the NOW festival at Redcat Theater/Disney Hall; multimedia project "Crescent City" by Anne LeBaron and the Industry LA, and in 2013 made its NYC debut with the video artist Jesse Gilbert as part of the Beth Morrison’s PROTOTYPE Festival at HERE Arts Center.

The band returned to the East Coast again in July 2013, playing to sold out audience at Joe's Pub in NYC and DownStreet Art Festival in North Adams. In 2014, the band will make its European debut as part of the Operadagen Festival in Rotterdam, perform at Miami Light Project, Live Arts Exchange festival, Joe's Pub, River to River Festival, and Bard's Spiegeltent.