Known for fusing his classical music roots with a myriad of soundscapes, Harlem-based artist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) premieres new multi-genre works off of his debut solo album etudes4violin&electronix. DBR presents his own intricate series of solo works and pulsing duets seamlessly blending hip-hop, rock, funk and classical music. From Thirsty Ear Recordings, etudes4violin&electronix is the classically-driven kaleidoscopic album for discerning new music lovers with a penchant for progressive electronic music. It showcases a unified dialogue between DBR and ambassadors from today’s contemporary musical landscape including Philip Glass, Ryuichi Sakamoto, DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid and Christian A. Davis aka DJ Scientific.
DBR has carved a reputation for himself as a passionately innovative violinist, band leader, and composer. From premiering a ground-breaking fusion of incompatible cultures and instruments with Christian A. Davis aka DJ Scientific in DBRs Sonata for Violin and Turntables at the Melbourne Arts Festival and Vancouvers PuSh Festival, to jamming with his nine-member ensemble, DBR & THE MISSION, at Joes Pub, Washington DCs Library of Congress, and Notre Dame, DBR serves as a classical-urban ambassador for a widening global audience. His dramatic pieces range from orchestral scores and energetic chamber works to rock songs and electronica. He has collaborated with Vernon Reid, Savion Glover, Susan Sarandon, Cassandra Wilson, and an array of orchestras and chamber ensembles. He also serves as the Music Director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and as the Assistant Composer-in-Residence of the Orchestra of St. Lukes. Current projects include his highly anticipated 2007 debut season at BAMs Next Wave Festival featuring One Loss Plus (his fifth evening-length solo show) for violin, video, and chamber ensemble; 24 Bits: Hip Hop Studies and Etudes and Event Pieces performed by DBR on piano and laptop; and Call Them All: Fantasy Projections for Film, Laptop, and Orchestra, his latest orchestral work which received its world premiere at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall by the American Composers Orchestra.
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¦about as omnivorous as a contemporary musician gets. New York Times