Widely recognized for her work in instrumental, electronic, and performance realms, Anne LeBaron’s compositions have won many awards and prizes, including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Fromm Foundation Commission, a three-year residency in Washington D.C. sponsored by Meet the Composer, and the Alpert Award in the Arts, along with fellowships from the D.C Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts, and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. She won a second Multi-Arts Production Fund in 2011 from the Rockefeller Center for her opera, “Crescent City.” Her opera “Wet” premiered at REDCAT in Los Angeles, and was hailed in the Los Angeles Times: “Wet is an ambitious and alarming new opera with strong music by Anne LeBaron. LeBaron’s writing for the instrumental ensemble is full of invention.” The range of LeBaron’s musical language can be heard on many recordings released on New World Records, CRI, Tellus/Mode, and Ear-Rational, among others. Please visit www.annelebaron.com for more information.
Kazakh-American tenor Timur Bekbosunov, recently profiled in LA Weekly’s Best of LA People 2011 issue, has performed with Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Santa Cecilia Academy, American Repertory Theater, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Opera Boston, Rossini in Wildbad Festival, and many more, in venues such as Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Berlin Konzerthaus, Zellerbach Hall, Redcat Theater, and others. Specializing in the music of contemporary composers, Timur made his professional debut in an opera by Silvano Bussotti and created the role of Walter Spies in “A House in Bali.” He performed the role of Electrician in “Powder Her Face” under direction of composer Thomas Ades; premiered the tenor part in Evan Ziporyn’s “Oedipus”; and performed in the West Coast premiere of Tobias Picker’s “An American Tragedy”. Timur’s performance with band Devotchka was praised by the Wall Street Journal as “gratifying moments”. His unconventional dark glam band, Timur and the Dime Museum, recently appeared on America’s Got Talent TV show, and they collaborated with the Klaus Nomi songwriter, Kristian Hoffman. For more information, please visit www.theoperaoftimur.com
Filmmaker Sandra Powers is a graduate of the prestigious film program at the California Institute of the Arts and works as an editor at Nickelodeon. The mysterious and fantastical films of Sandra Powers have been presented at the EXiS Film Festival (South Korea), Festival Contre Nature (France), Tallgrass Film Festival (Kansas), Wimbledon Short Films Festival (England), 11th Freeways Hollywood Festival of Media (USA), Boston Film Festival (USA), KIMEP, and Echo Park Film Center. Most recently, her film “Autumn” was acquired for distribution by MOVIEOLA, a short film movie channel. She is a founder of Masque Films, a music video production company in LA that creates unusual and unconventional cinematic works. For more information, please visit www.sandrapowers.com
The Chamber Choir of the State Philharmonic Society of Astana under the direction of conductor Yerzhan Dautov and choirmaster Yelena Korobeinikova, was established in 2004. The first professional chorus of the capital of Kazakhstan, it includes graduates of the Almaty State Music Conservatory, the Kazakh National Music Academy and the Eurasian National University. The choir is a recipient of the Grand Prize of the 25th International Festival of Sacred Music "Hajnuwka" (Poland). For more information, please visit www.filarmonia-astana.kz
Kazakh Folk Instrument Ensemble "Sary-Arka" is one of the leading orchestras of Kazakhstan. Founded in 1997 under the direction of legendary composer Mukhamedzhanov as the first major orchestra of Astana, "Sary-Arka" is a laureate of many awards and competitions, both on national and international levels. The orchestra is part of the Astana State Philharmonic Association and recently completed a tour of solo concerts in Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia, and Kyrgystan.