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Juliet Kiri Palmer (1967-    )

Juliet Kiri Palmer, composerJuliet Kiri Palmer is a composer and sound artist based in Toronto. Moving from New Zealand to New York in 1990 to work with composer-performer Meredith Monk, Palmer completed her PhD in composition at Princeton University in 1999. Her teachers and mentors include Louis Andriessen, Jack Body, Michael Gordon, Brian Ferneyhough, Paul Lansky, Annea Lockwood, Steve Mackey and Julia Wolfe. Palmer's music has been described as "a genre-bending, groove-laden universe of humour and iconoclasm". Working in diverse media, her output ranges from chamber music to multimedia installations, dance, music theatre, opera and symphonic works. Upcoming projects include an atomic clown opera for Tapestry New Opera Works (with writer Julie Salverson) and a solo percussion work for Morris Palter. Palmer is a member of the interdisciplinary collective urbanvessel whose first site-specific project SLIP will be performed in September at Toronto's Harrison Street Baths. Juliet Palmer is guest curator for Continuum Contemporary Music's 2005-2007 seasons and serves on the board of the Canadian Music Centre.
-  Sequenza 21

COMPOSITIONS                                                            Palmer Links     ~ ~ ~     Works by Genre
5 Cactus Dreams, a graphic score for voice and chamber ensemble (1988)
Self, 3 percussionists (1990)
The Heart Has Narrow Banks, clarinet, digital delay and projected video (1990)
Three Poems from the Bulin File, clarinet, tape, video and slides (1990)
Skirt, flute/picc, clarinet/bass cl, percussion, piano, violin, viola and cello (1992)
Babe, string quartet (1992)
Love is a Thing, soprano, harp and harpsichord (1992)
Citrus, tape, voice, food blender, electronics, grapefruit and slides (1993)
Surrender?, videos, turntable, tape and clarinet (1993)
Egg & Tongue, string quartet (1994)
Starving Poetry, marimba & violin (1994)
A Bridge of Ice, double bass & tape (1994)
Deep Stew (1994; rev. 1997; 1999)
    - electric guitar, cello, bass clarinet, double bass, drumkit and keyboard, 1994
    - alto flute, violin, cello, double bass, bass clarinet, drum kit and Hammond organ, 1994
    - electric violin, bass clarinet, Hammond organ and drum kit, 1994
    - alto fl, elec vln, elec. cello, elec db, bass clar, drum kit and Hammond organ or keyboard w/ Hammond B40 sample, 1997
    - alto fl., vln., vcl., e. bass, drumkit & keybd, 1999
Tufa, guitar quartet (1995)
Miasma, CD/sound installation/radio broadcast (1995)
Miasma: veni mix, clarinet, trombone, guitar, accordion and cello (1995) [acoustic remix of sound installation]
Circus Dog, 6 pianos (1995)
Parted Tongues, orchestra (1996)
bone-flower, sop., b. cl., vla., accordion, timp. and vibes (1996)
tongue-tied, piano (1997)
A Guided Viewing, sound installation (1998)
Blood Shower, music theater, 2 percussionists (1998; rev. 1999)
Trellis, alto saxophone, bass clarinet and cello (1998)
Cocktail, site-specific collaboration, 2 percussionists and 7 dancers (1999) [Juliet Palmer, co-director & composer; Karen Kaeja: co-director & choreographer]
Secret Arnold, fanfare for orchestra (1999)
W is for, clarinet, trumpet, drum set, keyboard, violin, double bass and 2 sopranos (1999)
Room, mezzo-soprano, clarinet and hurdy-gurdy (1999) [chor. Bill James, 1999] [also for sop., db, perc and cl]
Flotsam & Jetsam, interdisciplinary performance, mezzo-soprano, piano and  dancer (1999) [choreography: Bill James]
Songs from Flotsam and Jetsam, voice and piano [from the mixed-media work, 1999]
Pale on the Ground, alto flute/flute, violin, viola, cello and double bass (2000)
rush, clarinet, 2 bass clarinets (2000)
Aquamarine, piano (2000)
Canterbury, orchestra (2001)
Stitching in the Ditch, orchestra (2001)
Miasma, variable instrumentation and randomly tracking CD (2001) [from sound installation work]
Snap, string quartet (2001)
Mother Hubbard, clarinet, trumpet, percussion, piano, violin, double bass and CD (2001)
Inland, dance-theatre work, violin and CD (2002) [conceived and choreographed by Douglas Wright]
Cypress, dance piece, double bass and bass clarinet (2002) [choreography by Yvonna Ng]
Cypress, double bass and bass clarinet (fp. 2002)
Te Kahu, violin and CD (fp. 2002)
Seduction by Salad, soprano, tenor and piano (2002)
Buzzard, orchestra (2003)
Over the Japanese Sea, 2 baritones, bass cl, perc, accordian and cello (2003)
Mindmeat, piano and percussion (2003)
Mother Hubbard: f—mix, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola and double bass (2003)
Swerve, orchestra (2003)
Foundry, alto flute/flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, french horn, trombone, piano/celesta, violin and cello (2004)
Dive(rs), violin, cello and piano (2004)
Seven Sheets of White, soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano (2004)
Clip, piano (2004)
gone, chorus (2005)
So Long, soprano and chamber orchestra (2005)
drift, drop, solo alto flute/piccolo and piano w/two ensembles: clarinet/bass clarinet, trombone, cello and percussion; oboe, bassoon, trumpet, double bass and percussion (2006)
SLIP, site-specific work for dance, theatre, music and installation (2006)
The Province of Impossible,  song cycle, 3 performers on clar, voice, perc; theremin, voice; shamisen and voice (2007)
Stitch, a cappella opera, 3 women and 3 sewing machines (fp.2008)

frozen tears, mezzo-soprano and piano (????) [reworking of Gefrorne Tränen from Die Winterreise, Schubert, 1827]


WORKS BY GENRE                                                            Palmer Links     ~ top of page ~
Dramatic/Theatet/Dance
Blood Shower, music theater, 2 percussionists (1998; rev. 1999)
Cocktail, site-specific collaboration, 2 percussionists and 7 dancers (1999) [Juliet Palmer, co-director & composer; Karen Kaeja: co-director & choreographer]
Room, mezzo-soprano, clarinet and hurdy-gurdy (1999) [chor. Bill James, 1999] [also for sop., db, perc and cl]
Flotsam & Jetsam, interdisciplinary performance, mezzo-soprano, piano and  dancer (1999) [choreography: Bill James]
Inland, dance-theatre work, violin and CD (2002) [conceived and choreographed by Douglas Wright]
Cypress, dance piece, double bass and bass clarinet (2002) [choreography by Yvonna Ng]
SLIP, site-specific work for dance, theatre, music and installation (2006)
Stitch, a cappella opera, 3 women and 3 sewing machines (fp.2008)

Orchestra
Parted Tongues, orchestra (1996)
Secret Arnold, fanfare for orchestra (1999)
Canterbury, orchestra (2001)
Stitching in the Ditch, orchestra (2001)
Buzzard, orchestra (2003)
Swerve, orchestra (2003)

Soloist(s) w/Orchestra or Ensemble
drift, drop, solo alto flute/piccolo and piano w/two ensembles: clarinet/bass clarinet, trombone, cello and percussion; oboe, bassoon, trumpet, double bass and percussion (2006)

Choral
Helen, counter-tenor, chorus, violin, cello, percussion and organ (1997)
gone, chorus (2005)

Chamber
Self, 3 percussionists (1990)
Skirt, flute/picc, clarinet/bass cl, percussion, piano, violin, viola and cello (1992)
Babe, string quartet (1992)
Egg & Tongue, string quartet (1994)
Starving Poetry, marimba & violin (1994)
Tufa, guitar quartet (1995)
Miasma: veni mix, clarinet, trombone, guitar, accordion and cello (1995) [acoustic remix of sound installation]
Deep Stew (1994; rev. 1997; 1999)
    - electric guitar, cello, bass clarinet, double bass, drumkit and keyboard, 1994
    - alto flute, violin, cello, double bass, bass clarinet, drum kit and Hammond organ, 1994
    - electric violin, bass clarinet, Hammond organ and drum kit, 1994
    - alto fl, elec vln, elec. cello, elec db, bass clar, drum kit and Hammond organ or keyboard w/ Hammond B40 sample, 1997
    - alto fl., vln., vcl., e. bass, drumkit & keybd, 1999
Trellis, alto saxophone, bass clarinet and cello (1998)
Pale on the Ground, alto flute/flute, violin, viola, cello and double bass (2000)
rush, clarinet, 2 bass clarinets (2000)
Miasma, variable instrumentation and randomly tracking CD (2001) [from sound installation work]
Snap, string quartet (2001)
Mother Hubbard, clarinet, trumpet, percussion, piano, violin, double bass and CD (2001)
Cypress, double bass and bass clarinet (2002) [also as dance piece]
Te Kahu, violin, piano and CD with recorded voices (2002)
Mindmeat, piano and percussion (2003)
Mother Hubbard: f—mix, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola and double bass (2003)
Foundry, alto flute/flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, french horn, trombone, piano/celesta, violin and cello (2004)
Dive(rs), violin, cello and piano (2004)

Solo Instrument
The Heart Has Narrow Banks, clarinet, digital delay and projected video (1990)
A Bridge of Ice, double bass & tape (1994)

Piano
Circus Dog, 6 pianos (1995)
tongue-tied, piano (1997)
Aquamarine, piano (2000)
Clip, piano (2004)

Vocal
frozen tears, mezzo-soprano and piano (????) [reworking of Gefrorne Tränen from Die Winterreise, Schubert, 1827]
5 Cactus Dreams, a graphic score for voice and chamber ensemble (1988)
Love is a Thing, soprano, harp and harpsichord (1992)
Citrus, tape, voice, food blender, electronics, grapefruit and slides (1993)
bone-flower, soprano, b. cl., vla., accordion, timp. and vibes (1996)
Helen, counter-tenor, chorus, violin, cello, percussion and organ (1997)
W is for, clarinet, trumpet, drum set, keyboard, violin, double bass and 2 sopranos (1999)
Room, mezzo-soprano, clarinet and hurdy-gurdy (1999) [chor. Bill James, 1999] [also for sop., db, perc and cl]
Songs from Flotsam and Jetsam, voice and piano [from the mixed-media work, 1999]
Seduction by Salad, soprano, tenor and piano (2002)
Over the Japanese Sea, 2 baritones, bass cl, perc, accordian and cello (2003)
Seven Sheets of White, soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano (2004)
So Long, soprano and chamber orchestra (2005)
The Province of Impossible,  song cycle, 3 performers on clar, voice, perc; theremin, voice; shamisen and voice (2007)

Electronic/MultiMedia/Soundscape
The Heart Has Narrow Banks, clarinet, digital delay and projected video (1990)
Three Poems from the Bulin File, clarinet, tape, video and slides (1990)
Citrus, tape, voice, food blender, electronics, grapefruit and slides (1993)
Surrender?, videos, turntable, tape and clarinet (1993)
A Bridge of Ice, double bass & tape (1994)
Miasma, CD/sound installation/radio broadcast (1995)
A Guided Viewing, sound installation (1998)
Miasma, variable instrumentation and randomly tracking CD (2001) [from sound installation work]
Flotsam & Jetsam, interdisciplinary performance, mezzo-soprano, piano and  dancer (fp. 2001) [choreography: Bill James]
Te Kahu, violin, piano and CD with recorded voices (2002)
Mother Hubbard, clarinet, trumpet, percussion, piano, violin, double bass and CD (fp. 2002)
SLIP, site-specific work for dance, theatre, music and installation (2006)


PALMER  LINKS                                                            Works by Genre      ~ top of page ~

Composer's website
Composer website (@ souNZ)

Palmer @ ARS Electronica
Palmer @ Canadian Music Centre
Palmer @ Influences of Many Musics
Palmer @ Brahms/IRCAM
Palmer @ Mercer Union Project Room
Palmer @ Princeton University
Palmer @ ten ten Canada

Streaming Audio
Palmer @ Influences of Many Musics

Recordings
Palmer @ Composer's website

Palmer @ YouTube [none at the moment]
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