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Daniel Bernard Roumain

Woodbox Beats & Balladry

Thirsty Ear

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Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) - Music from New Album Woodbox Beats & Balladry
Between Classes: Season 2, Episode 8, Daniel Bernard Roumain
DBR (Daniel Bernard Roumain)
DBR | Composer. Violinist. Artist Entrepreneur.
1 Spaceships Over Haiti  
2 Sonata For Violin and Turntables, Part 4  
3 Simone  
4 Armstrong  
5 Sonata For Violin and Turntables, Part 6  
6 Moonshine  
7 Sonata For Violin and Turntables, Park 2  
8 JMDL  
9 Sonata For Violin and Turntables, Part 1  
10 The Loss  
11 Slowly Fooled  
12 Our Country  
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Haitian-American violinist/composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) continues to establish himself as one of today's most relevant artists on the contemporary classical music scene.  An innovative violinist, composer, performer, re-mixer, and band leader, DBR has won world-wide acclaim for his eclecticism and fearless exploration, whether through extended violin techniques, the infusion of electronics, or in his perspectives on the definition of chamber music.

On Woodbox Beats & Balladry (Thirsty Ear Recordings), his profusion of classical composing and performing talents are uniquely exposed.  Echoing his own career, Woodbox Beats & Balladry contains elements of classical minimalism, dance club beats, traditional ballads, and thick distorted noise.  Fitting coming from an artist who has performed with everyone from the Seattle and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, to the dancers Bill T. Jones and Savion Glover, to the composers Philip Glass and Derek Bermel, to DJs Radar, Scientific, and Spooky, to the jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, the pop-singer Lady Gaga, and the infamous 2 Live Crew.

Woodbox Beats & Balladry is aggressive, danceable, and fully annotated.  DBR's style and compositional process are reflected in his scoring of each and every track on the album; he uses a variety of compositional techniques and notation systems, including traditional, numerical, graphic, and prose-based notation.  "Woodbox Beats & Balladry is an amalgam of what contemporary composers are doing and where contemporary classical music might be going," says DBR.

The core of the recording (and impetus for the album's title) is DBR's signature custom 6-string amplified violin.  While utilizing an array of extended techniques, effect pedals, and additional MAC-based processing, DBR's frequent aggressive, percussive lower-string bowing (an extra two strings are added to his instrument for bass lines) makes his violin a vital sonic and compositional force. 

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