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Juliet Kiri Palmer: Biography

Juliet Kiri Palmer
1967 -
Region: Ontario

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 with performances at: New York’s Lincoln Center, London's South Bank 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.

Performers of her music include Canada's Penderecki String Quartet, the Gryphon Trio, Toca Loca, Continuum, Arraymusic, New Music Concerts, The Canadian Chamber Ensemble, Tapestry New Opera, Trio Fibonacci, Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, Bradyworks, l'Orchestre Métropolitain conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Motion Ensemble; Les Percussions de Strasbourg; Italy's Fontanamix; London's Piano Circus; Slovakia's Veni Ensemble; California EAR Unit and the Bang on a Can All-Stars; the New Zealand String Quartet, the Auckland Philharmonia, 175 East and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

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 (with Aanmitaagzi, Native Earth, Evergreen and Pan Am Path); 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 Anna Chatterton (Centre for Contemporary Opera, New York); and The Man Who Married Himself, a commission for Toronto Masque Theatre with Anna Chatterton and choreographer Hari Krishnan.


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