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Daniel Bernard Roumain

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Composer, Festival Artist Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Award(s): Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Musical Composition

Daniel Bernard Roumain

Daniel Bernard Roumain’s acclaimed work as a composer, performer, educator, and activist spans more than two decades. Described as “about as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” by The New York Times, DBR is perhaps the only composer whose collaborations span Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover and Lady Gaga.Known for his signature violin sounds infused with myriad electronic, urban, and African-American music influences, he has composed chamber, orchestral, and operatic works, been featured as keynote performer at technology conferences, and created large scale, site-specific musical events for public spaces. 

DBR will be featured at the 2020 Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Chamber Music Session as the first composer to be commissioned by the Festival’s “Musical Bridges” program, funded initially by the Desai Family Foundation. After a week-long residency, the new work will be performed at the Festival.

DBR earned his doctorate in music composition from the University of Michigan and is currently Institute Professor and Professor of Practice at Arizona State University. An avid arts industry leader, DBR also serves on the board of directors of the League of American Orchestras, Association of Performing Arts Presenters and Creative Capital, the advisory committee of the Sphinx Organization, and was co-chair of 2015 and 2016 APAP Conferences.

DBR’s most recent works include The Just and The Blind, a collaboration with spoken word artist and writer Marc Bamuthi Joseph commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and Falling Black Into The Sky for Washington State University’s Symphonic Band, based on the work of the artist James Turrell. DBR is currently creating Cipher, a new pocket opera for the Philadelphia Boys Choir, with a libretto by Joseph, based on the incarceration of young, Black boys.