UNCW Arts in Action Presents Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Strings and scratches mix it up as the electrifying and innovative violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (known as DBR) goes head-to-head with long-time collaborator DJ Scientific (a.k.a Elan Vytal) and keyboardist Wynne Bennett for a boundary breaking concert experience. DBR performs works off of his debut international solo album etudes4violin&electronix at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21 in Kenan Auditorium as part of the UNCW Arts in Action Performance Series. The audience is invited to stay after the show for a meet-the-artist reception co-sponsored by the Association for Campus Entertainment.

Known for fusing his classical music roots with a myriad of soundscapes, Haitian-American artist DBR has carved a reputation for himself as a ground-breaking, performer, violinist, composer and band leader. DBR's dramatic soul-inspiring pieces range from orchestral scores and energetic chamber works to rock songs and electronica. His exploration of musical rhythms and classically-driven sounds is peppered by his own cultural references and vibrant musical imagination.

This concert features selected solo and duet works from DBR's recent album, etudes4violin&electronix, and from the critically acclaimed Sonata for Violin and Turntables, conceived by DBR and co-written with contemporary music remixer extraordinaire, DJ Scientific. A musical exploration between contrasting cultures and instruments of classical and pop music genres, the program speaks to the history and traditions of both. The violin, the turntables and the laptop sing, battle and rhyme together, honoring a full spectrum of musical inventions.

As a composer, DBR has collaborated with an array of orchestras and chamber ensembles, and has been commissioned numerous times. In 2007, he premiered One Loss Plus, the first of three works commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Showcasing his wide-ranging eclecticism, One Loss Plus is an evening-length, multimedia work for electric/acoustic violin, prepared/amplified piano, electronics, and video. DBR was also recently selected by the Sphinx Commissioning Consortium, an alliance between Sphinx and nine other American orchestras to compose a new work for full orchestra to premiere in 2010.

"…About as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets," writes the New York Times, DBR has collaborated and performed with artists as diverse as Philip Glass, DJ Spooky, Ryuichi Sakamoto and recently with Lady Gaga on FOX's American Idol. His accolades range from being voted as "America's Assignment" on the CBS Evening News, to receiving praise as one of the "Top 100 New Yorkers" (New York Resident), "Top 40 Under 40" business people (Crain's New York Business), and being spotlighted as a "New Face of Classical Music" in Esquire Magazine.

A native of Margate, Florida, DBR studied music as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, where he currently serves as a visiting professor of composition, and completed his masters and doctoral work at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom.

In addition to the UNCW concert, DBR will give a demonstration and lecture on "What Music Might Mean" from 12:30 – 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20 in the Beckwith Recital Hall on the UNCW campus. This event is free and open to the public.

DBR will also present this same presentation from 6-7:15 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the Houston Moore Community Center (1601 South 13th Street). This event is presented in partnership with the Wilmington Housing Authority and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.uncw.edu/presents.


Tickets to the performance are $20 for the general public; $16 for senior citizens and UNCW employees; $8 for non-UNCW students; and $6 for UNCW students. Group discounts are available. Call Kenan Box Office at 910.962.3500 or 800.732.3643 outside the Wilmington area or visit www.uncw.edu/presents. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and one hour prior to the event.

About Arts in Action Performance Series
The Arts in Action Performance Series seeks to culturally enrich, educate and entertain both students and the Wilmington community through the presentation of diverse programs featuring professional, high-quality performing artists. The series is supported by grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, a Division of the Department of Cultural Resources with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Southern Arts Federation in partnership with National Endowment for the Arts.

Media Contact: Shannon Hooker, 910.962.7600 or hookers@uncw.edu

Color photography of Daniel Bernard Roumain may be downloaded at www.uncw.edu/presents/press