Daniel Bernard Roumain Makes It to All About Jazz
By Mark Saleski and copyright AAJ Something Else, so just a taste here.
“Not long after receiving Etudes 4 Violin & Electronix, I got up one morning before the alarm went off, and settled myself down to some coffee. The idea was to catch up on the reading material that had stacked up over the past few months. What ended up happening over the next 10 minutes or so was that I stared a hole through an advertisement featuring a reproduction of Edward Hopper’s painting “Nighthawks.”
Hopper’s artwork has always resonated with me. There’s just something about how he perfectly captures an instant in time, giving the viewer a scene that’s visually pregnant, just begging for an explanation. Each painting tells a story or, at the very least, implies one. It’s that story implication that makes the painting so rich. Every viewer becomes part of the story, providing their own details
There are definitely parallels in the music world. When a piece of music succeeds, it does indeed tell a story. The framework presented by the composition gives the listener the opportunity to extend the themes, if not provide resolutions.
Each time I listen to this Daniel Bernard Roumain recording, much like the “Nighthawks” experience, my local attention dissolves as I float up into the world of its possibilities. Collaborating with the likes of DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Peter Gordon, Ryuichi Sakamoto, DJ Scientific, and Phillip Glass, Roumain conjures up a set of tales that manage to stand on their own as well as nest comfortably together.”
Read the rest of Mr. Saleski’s article here.
Postscript: I met Mr Roumain, “DBR” to the cognoscenti, at WPRB when he was interviewed on Marvin Rosen’s Classical Discoveries radio prorgam. He is one heck of a violonist and a really nice guy to boot.