“(Roumain has) a keen sense of how to create abstract shapes crossing cultural boundaries… combining visceral excitement with dancing intelligence.” – The New York Times
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Bernard Roumain blends the schools of classical music and hip-hop in three works played live on electric/acoustic violin with recordings of drum loops, percussion, synthesizers, string quartet, and text comprised of sampled conversations recorded in his Harlem neighborhood. Working from a rich musical palette including observations of modern-day connections to race and cultural history, Roumain fuses classical, jazz, and hip-hop with street sounds and dialogue, addressing in his compositions themes that have historically been underrepresented or misrepresented by the classical music establishment. For TBA he will perform a series of three original works; Never Felt Better, I, Composer and Dred Violin, presented on three successive nights in the order in which they were created.
Currently living and working in New York City, Daniel B. Roumain was recently named the Assistant Composer-in-Residence at the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He is the Music Director for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and an Artist-in-Residence at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. He earned a doctorate in Music from the University of Michigan, and in 2002 Meet the Composer awarded Roumain with the prestigious Van Lier Fellowship. His original compositions are performed throughout Europe and the United States. Recent premieres include Ghetto Strings played by the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, Funktionslust Slut by Wood Dance, What We Are by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Voodoo Violin Concerto No. 1 by Kitchen House Blend, and Fast BLACK Dance Machine by the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble. He has collaborated on new work with performance artist John Fleck, composer Philip Glass, and DJ Spooky. Roumain began performing professionally as a child and has worked with such diverse artists as Dizzy Gillespie and 2 Live Crew.
I, Composer is supported in a part by a grant from Creative Capital.
Venue generously provided by Wieden + Kennedy