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Juliet Kiri Palmer

Juliet Palmer moved from New Zealand to New York in 1990 to work with interdisciplinary pioneer Meredith Monk, completing her PhD at Princeton University in 1999. Based in Toronto, her work has been featured around the world, from New York’s Bang On A Can Festival to Italy’s Angelica Festival and Australia's Adelaide Festival. Performers of her music include the Penderecki String Quartet, Trio Fibonacci, the Gryphon Trio, Toca Loca, Continuum, l'Orchestre Métropolitain conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Tapestry New Opera Works (Canada); Les Percussions de Strasbourg (France); Fontanamix (Italy); Piano Circus (UK); California EAR Unit and the Bang on a Can All-Stars (USA); and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Juliet co-founded the interdisciplinary collective urbanvessel in 2006. Stitch — for three women and three sewing machines — garnered Dora nominations for Best New Opera and Best Production. The site-specific performance Slip at the Harrison Baths inspired a short film (director Chelsea McMullan) screened at festivals in Europe and North America. Palmer co-directed and scored the animated short Soaring, Roaring, Diving, named “Best Experimental Film” in the 2009 Brooklyn International Film Festival. Urbanvessel’s 2010 work Voice-Box, a Harbourfront Fresh Ground commission, was acclaimed as “a performance piece that smashes the boundaries between disciplines and leaves them sprawled out on the mat, down for the count” (MusicworksMagazine).

Juliet is the 2011 Creative New Zealand-Jack C Richards Composer in Residence at Te Koki, the New Zealand School of Music in Wellington. Upcoming works include: an interdisciplinary work for three male performers directed by Guillaume Bernardi; a collaboration with writer Anna Chatterton, British director Tim Albery and Soundstreams Canada; and an operatic version of The Winter's Tale with Toronto's Jumblies Theatre.


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