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: Vermillion Songs for internationally-acclaimed tenor Simon O’Neill and NZTrio (New Zealand tour), November 2016; 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: The Man Who Married Himself with librettist Anna Chatterton and choreographer Hari Krishnan (Toronto Masque Theatre, March 10-11, 2017); Quarry for chamber ensemble, soprano and choir (Continuum and Jumblies Theatre at Evergreen Brick Works, June, 2017); and The Unsilent Project, for spoken word artists and full orchestra with director Michael Greyeyes (Signal Theatre and The National Youth Orchestra, Canadian tour July-August, 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.