Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) is an acclaimed composer and performer who has been active for over two decades. Described as “about as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (New York Times), DBR is perhaps the only composer two have collaborated with Philip Glass, Bill T Jones, Savion Glover, and Lady Gaga. As a curator, he will bring his wide–ranging sensibility to a series of concerts at National Sawdust. These concerts will include a lab space partnership with Arizona State University involving mentoring sessions with National Sawdust and a new documentary film project about race relations in the contemporary United States. In addition, he will be writing and performing a new spoken word musical work that will serve as a jumping–off point for several community initiatives.
Daniel Bernard Roumain’s (DBR) acclaimed work as a composer and performer spans more than two decades, and he has been commissioned by venerable artists and institutions worldwide. “About as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (The New York Times), DBR is perhaps the only composer whose collaborations traverse the worlds of Philip Glass, Bill T Jones, Savion Glover, and Lady Gaga.
Known for his signature violin sounds infused with a myriad of electronic and urban music influences, DBR takes his genre–bending music beyond the proscenium. He has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Musical Composition for his work with ESPN, been featured as a keynote performer at technology conferences, and written large–scale, site–specific music for public parks.
DBR recently premiered “We Shall Not Be Moved”, a chamber opera co-commissioned by Opera Philadelphia and the Apollo Theater, with libretto by Marc Bamuthi Joseph and direction by Bill T Jones. The New York Times called the work “The Best Classical Performance of 2017”.