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: Sweat, an a cappella opera with writer Anna Chatterton at National Sawdust (Center for Contemporary Opera, New York), October, 2016; Boots, an interactive boudoir opera at Campbell House Museum (Opera Peepshow), April 2016; 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: Vermilion Songs for internationally-acclaimed tenor Simon O’Neill and NZTrio (New Zealand, November 2016); The Man Who Married Himself with librettist Anna Chatterton and choreographer Hari Krishnan (Toronto Masque Theatre, March 2017); Quarry for Continuum and Jumblies Theatre at Evergreen Brick Works (June, 2017); and a new work for slam poets and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (June, 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.