From The New Canon at Q2: “Dance to the Music”
What Happens When Music and Movement Collide
Monday, October 10, 2011
Music by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)
Directed by D.J. Mendel
“This week on The New Canon, we tango with composer-violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (aka DBR) and director D.J. Mendel about the collision of music and dance.
If you’ve ever seen violinist DBR in performance…you know that he plays with a fluidity of movement entirely his own and utterly captivating. Music demands a certain level of movement, whether you’re performing or listening (head-bobbers of the world unite!). And sometimes that gets taken to the next level with deliberate compositions and choreography. It’s happening for everyone from Radiohead to Gorecki at BAM this season.
Included in that mix is Symphony for the Dance Floor, a brainchild of DBR and a slew of artists just as likely to dally with four-on-the-floor house music as they are to be found two-on-the-aisle at the opera house. With DBR and Symphony director D.J. Mendel in the chat this week, we go further into this balance, asking: What happens when music and movement collide? And, in that partnership, who leads?
See the full article, complete with interactive features, here.
[I was fortunate to meet DBR last Summer, when he visited Princeton’s own New Music Black Belt, Dr Marvin Rosen, at WPRB Radio. He was generous with his time and with his talent. We in the studio – Philip Blackburn of Innova Records and the American Composers’Forum was also present and listeners at WPRB-FM and wprb.com were all treated to a live concert by DBR. He was spectacular.]