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Tara Starling Khozein

© Kate Russel 2019

New Classical Music & Physical Theater

​Tara Starling Khozein

classical singer. theater-maker. improvisor. co-creator.

Tara Khozein is an Ecuador-born, Iranian-American soprano, theatre-maker, improviser, teacher, and composer. She has lived, studied, and worked in New Mexico, New York, Germany, France, Finland, Austria, and Hungary. As a multidisciplinary performer, she explores the intersections of classical and experimental singing, and physical theatre. She is a musical director for theater and a performance director for musicians.

Tara holds an artist diploma in physical theatre from The Jacques Lecoq School in Paris, a B.M. in classical vocal performance, and is a lifelong student of classical and experimental singing. After her formal education, she lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico for seven years, where she directed circus, immersive, operetta, and children's performances, and established her improvisation practice. While in Santa Fe, she became a company member of Theater Grottesco, and was on the original sound design and creation team for Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return, where she later served as the primary content director for immersive performance. She moved to Budapest at the end of 2019, and established an online voice studio during Covid, where she continues to teach students from around the world.

Her recent creative projects include performance in Once Within a Time, a film by Godfrey Reggio with music by Philip Glass, sound design for Stereo Akt's Addressless at NYC's Rattlestick Theatre, and the central role in Samu Gryllus's interactive opera, Geiseloper. She is a member of The Tara and Rhonda Show, JazzaJ's Budapest Improvisors Orchestra and Timo Kinnunen's International Experimental Orchestra.

She released her first duo improvisation album in 2021 with contrabass player Carlos Santistevan of Santa Fe, NM. Her second duo improvisation album with Etienne Rolin will be released in Spring of 2022, and her third with saxophonist Rhonda Taylor, will be released in Summer 2023.

Tara is based in Budapest, Hungary.


© Raunak Kapoor 2022

upcoming events

Monday April 17, 8pm @ Trafó House, Budapest

Large ensemble open scores and free improvisations led by Ulrich Krieger. 

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Wednesday April 19, 7pm @ Parallel Hungary, Budapest

An improvisation concert for the opening of Mansour Forouzesh's photo exhibition.

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Friday April 21, 6pm @ Kassák Múzeum, Budapest

A mixed-genre trio performance with Ernő Zoltán Rubik and Eva Mora.

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Tuesday May 9, 8pm, @ STEREO MŰVHÁZ, Budapest

The Cat, The Witch, and The Devil. 

A theatrical concert where the performers explore the theme of witchery through free improvisation and storytelling. The text will include writing from James Joyce, Rebecca Tamás, William Shakespeare, documentation of Hungary’s Witch Trials, Monique Witting, and Hélène Cixous.


Tara Khozein (vocals)

Albert Márkos (cello & artistic direction)

Ernő Hock (bass)

Oli Mayne (vibes)

Szilveszter Miklós (drums)

Tuesday, May 16, 8pm, @ Lumen Cafe, Budapest

Program TBA

Friday, May 19, 7:30 @ Magyar Zené Háza, Budapest

Time Wharp (US) | Ensemble Mobilé: Terry Riley - In C

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Sunday, May 28 @ FUGA, Budapest

Works of Márton Bujdosó

June 12-19 EU+ Project in Southern Sweden

Weaving Voices, research & development

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