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Juliet Palmer

Composer

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Born: 1967

Biography

New Zealand-Canadian composer Juliet Palmer is known as a “post-modernist with a conscience” (The Listener) whose work “crosses so many genres as to be in a category of its own” (Toronto Star). Juliet is the artistic director of Urbanvessel, a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration. Recent works: Singing River, a site-specific performance installation at the Wonscotonach/Don River (Aanmitaagzi, Native Earth, Evergreen and Pan Am Path), July 2015; Stitch (Dora nominations Best New Opera and Best Production), Slip (Best Experimental Short, Toronto International Short Film Festival), and Voice-Box (Harbourfront World Stage premiere and Fresh Ground commission). Voice-Box was acclaimed as “a performance piece that smashes the boundaries between disciplines and leaves them sprawled out on the mat, down for the count” (Musicworks Magazine).

Upcoming: Sweat, an a cappella opera with writer Chatterton (Center for Contemporary Opera, New York, 2016); and The Man Who Married Himself with librettist Anna Chatterton and choreographer Hari Krishnan (Toronto Masque Theatre, 2017).

Based in Toronto since 1998, Juliet’s work has been featured around the world with performances at: New York’s Lincoln Center, London’s Southbank Centre, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Bath International Festival, Voix Nouvelles France, Italy’s Angelica Festival, Evenings of New Music Bratislava, Musica Ficta Festival Lithuania, NYYD Festival Estonia, The Istanbul Festival, Soundculture Japan, the Adelaide Festival, the New Zealand International Arts Festival and Canada’s Sound Symposium. Juliet was the 2011/12 Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards composer-in-residence at the New Zealand School of Music and the 2012 composer-in-residence of Orchestra Wellington.

Juliet holds a PhD in composition from Princeton University and an M.Mus in performance, composition and time-based art from Auckland University. Her teachers and mentors include: Louis Andriessen, Jack Body, Phil Dadson, Michael Gordon, Eleanor Hovda, David Lang, Paul Lansky, Annea Lockwood, Meredith Monk, Steve Mackey and Julia Wolfe.

"Palmer’s music can be as sinuous as a torch song or as spiky as Stravinsky."
— William Dart, The Listener
"A fluent and versatile stylist"
— Owen Mortimer, Opera Now (UK)


Composed (70)

5 Cactus Dreams

for voice and chamber ensemble, 5m


A Bridge of Ice

for double bass and tape, 25m


A Guided Viewing

sound installation


American Woman

for soprano and ensemble, 7m


Aquamarine

for piano, 20m


Blood Shower

music theatre for percussion duo, 10m


bone-flower

for chamber quintet, 8m


Bout

for chamber ensemble, 9m


Buzzard

for orchestra, 12m


Circus Dog

for six pianos, 9m


Citrus

for tape, voice, food blender, electronics, grapefruit and slides, 25m


Clip

for solo piano, 3m


Cocktail

a site-specific collaboration for two percussionists and seven dancers, 18m


Cypress

for double bass and bass clarinet, 35m


Deep Stew

for electric violin, bass clarinet, Hammond organ and drum kit, 10m


Deep Stew

arrangement of 1994 work for alto flute, violin, cello, double bass, bass clarinet, drum kit and Hammond organ, 10m


Dive(rs)

for violin, cello and piano, 3m


Dopey

for SSA choir and piano, 4m


drift, drop

for large chamber ensemble, in two groups, 20m


Egg & Tongue

for string quartet, 10m


evening rode tenderly

for piccolo/alto flute and accordion, 10m


Five

for 2 pianos and percussion, 7m 36s


Flotsam and Jetsam

an interdisciplinary performance for mezzo soprano, piano, and dancer, 50m


Foundry

for chamber septet, 11m


frozen tears

For mezzo-soprano and piano


Gone

for a cappella choir, 5m


Helen

for counter-tenor, chorus, violin, cello, percussion and organ, 14m


How it Happened

for narrator and ensemble, 15m


Inland

a dance-theatre work for violin and CD, 1h 30m


las uvas y el viento

for mezzo soprano and mixed chorus


Love is a Thing

for soprano, harp and harpsichord, 15m


Miasma

for installation and broadcast, 8m


Miasma: veni mix

acoustic remix of a sound installation for mixed chamber quintet, 15m


mindmeat

for piano and percussion, 15m


Mother Hubbard

for chamber ensemble and CD, 15m


Mother Hubbard: f_mix

for chamber ensemble, 16m


Over the Japanese Sea

for two baritones and chamber ensemble, 14m


Pale on the ground

alto flute/flute, violin, viola, cello and double bass, 15m


Parted Tongues

for orchestra, 10m


Room

for soprano, double bass, percussion and clarinet in B flat


Room

for mezzo-soprano, clarinet and electric hurdy-gurdy, 9m


Rush

for B flat clarinet and two bass clarinets, 7m


Secret Arnold

fanfare for orchestra, 6m


Seduction by Salad

for Soprano, Tenor and Piano, 5m


Self

For three percussionists, 10m


Seven Sheets of White

for soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano, 5m


Skirt

for flute (doubling piccolo), clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), percussion, piano, violin, viola and cello, 12m


SLIP

Site-specific work for dance, theatre, music and installation


Snap

for string quartet, 15m


So Long

for soprano and chamber orchestra, 5m


Soaring Roaring Diving

a film directed by Miriam Harris and Juliet Palmer, 6m


Solid Gold

for soprano and orchestra


Songs from 'Flotsam and Jetsam'

for voice and piano


Starving Poetry

for marimba and violin, 9m


Stitch

an a cappella opera for 3 women and 3 sewing machines


Stitching in the Ditch

for symphony orchestra, 12m


Surrender?

for clarinet, voice, tape, turntable, live electronics and videos, 20m


Sweat

an opera


Swerve

for orchestra, 13m


Te Kahu

for violin, piano, and CD with recorded voices, 15m


The Heart has Narrow Banks

for clarinet, digital delay and projected video, 10m


The Moon

for SATB choir and piano, 2m


The Province of Impossible

a song cycle for three performers on clarinet, voice, percussion; theremin, voice; shamisen and voice, 40m


the truth and the truth

for solo vocalising percussionist, 2m


Three Poems from the Bulin File

for clarinet, tape, video and slides, 12m


tongue-tied

for piano, 10m


Trellis

for alto saxophone, bass clarinet and cello, 15m


Tufa

for guitar quartet, 15m


Vermillion Songs

for violin, cello, piano and tenor


W is for

for clarinet, trumpet, drum set, keyboard, violin, double bass and 2 sopranos



Recordings (1)