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 is the first composer of "Musical Bridges" – a multiyear project of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival which commissions new works that place classical chamber music within a broader musical and cultural context. Following a week-long residency, DBR's Can We Talk About Why The Fires Burn? will premier during the 2021 summer season with support from the Desai Family Foundation in collaboration with the Sphinx Organization.
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.