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Daniel Bernard Roumain’s (DBR) acclaimed work as a composer, performer, educator, and activist spans more than two decades, and he has been commissioned by venerable artists and institutions worldwide. “About as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (NYT), 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, DBR takes his genre-bending music beyond the proscenium. He is a composer of chamber, orchestral, and operatic works; has won an Emmy for Outstanding Musical Composition for his collaborations with ESPN; featured as keynote performer at technology conferences; and created large scale, site-specific musical events for public spaces. 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 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 most recently scored the film Ailey (d. Jamila Wignot), which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2021. He also created the musical score for The Just and The Blind, a collaboration with spoken word artist and writer Marc Bamuthi Joseph, commissioned by Carnegie Hall; and a new work for Washington State University’s Symphonic Band, Falling Black Into The Sky, based on the work of the artist James Turrell and his “light work” at Roden Crater.

Daniel Bernard Roumain News

Giancarlo Guerrero to Step Down as Music Director of the Nashville Symphony

Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero announced today that he will step down as Music Director of the Nashville Symphony at the conclusion of the 2024-25 season, his 16th in that role.

American Composers Orchestra Hold 2023 SONiC Festival Livestreams

 American Composers Orchestra (ACO) will hold livestreams from the 2023 SONiC Festival, a New York City-wide celebration of the breadth and vibrancy of the nation’s modern composers, taking place June 1-12, 2023.

New Jersey Symphony to Celebrate Centennial Season with World Premiere Commissions

The New Jersey Symphony presents two world premiere commissions in June: Chen Yi's Landscape Impression, inspired by two ancient Chinese poems, and Farah (Joy) for Voice and Orchestra by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), the Symphony's Resident Artistic Catalyst.

New Jersey Symphony To Perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto June 1"4 in Newark, Princeton and New Brunswick

Acclaimed violin virtuoso Randall Goosby is set to solo in the New Jersey Symphony's upcoming performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, June 1—4, led by Music Director Xian Zhang. The program also features the world premiere of Chen Yi's Landscape Impression and Stravinsky's Suite from Pulcinella.

Buglisi Dance Theatre Kicks-Off Anniversary Season At The Ailey Citigroup Theater, June 13-15, 2023

Jacqulyn Buglisi, Artistic Director/Founder of Buglisi Dance Theatre, will launch the celebration of her Company's 30th Anniversary at the forefront of Contemporary Dance with performances at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in the Joan Weill Center for Dance from June 13 to 15, 2023.

New Jersey Symphony To Present Free Outdoor Summer Concerts

The New Jersey Symphony presents free outdoor concerts in Newark, Jersey City, Toms River, South Amboy and Red Bank and will also perform at the Giralda Music and Arts Festival in Madison.

NJPAC Announces New Classical Shows For 2023/24 Featuring Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, And More

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and the Smart Family Foundation; David S. Stone, Esq., Stone & Magnanini has announced the 2023/24 Classical Performances.

New Jersey Symphony Offers Three World Premieres In April & June

The New Jersey Symphony presents the world premiere of Steven Mackey’s RIOT, with text by Former Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, on April 21-23.

American Composers Orchestra Announces 2023 SONiC Festival, A Citywide Celebration Of The Nation's Composers

American Composers Orchestra (ACO) has announced the 2023 SONiC Festival, a New York City-wide celebration of the breadth and vibrancy of the nation's modern composers, taking place June 1-12, 2023.

Onassis Foundation Announces Programming For ARCHIVE OF DESIRE: A Festival Inspired By The Poet C.P. Cavafy

The Onassis Foundation announced the full schedule of events comprising the multi-disciplinary, multi-venue 'Archive of Desire': A Festival Inspired by the Poet C. P. Cavafy, which is presented in collaboration with National Sawdust and takes place April 28 through May 6, 2023, with special offerings throughout April.


NEWARK, NJ: January 27, 2023 - The New Jersey Symphony is thrilled to announce its 101st season highlighting Music Director Xian Zhang's ambitious vision to explore the musical heritage of the American orchestral works.

ACO Selects 7 Composers For Naples Philharmonic And Dallas Symphony Orchestra EarShot Readings

American Composers Orchestra (ACO) has announced seven composers selected from a competitive nationwide call for scores, who will participate in Spring 2023 EarShot Readings with the Naples Philharmonic (May 15-16, 2023), and Dallas Symphony Orchestra (June 21, 2023).

What You Need to Know About the World Premiere of PROXIMITY at Lyric Opera of Chicago

See details about the world premiere of Proximity at Lyric Opera of Chicago!

THE HOLLY Documentary Announces Limited NYC Theatrical Run

Distributed by Gravitas Ventures, executive produced by Academy Award-winner Adam McKay (Don’t Look Up, The Big Short) and directed by first-time filmmaker and award-winning journalist Julian Rubinstein, THE HOLLY brings to bear eight years of embedded, investigative reporting into a riveting exposé of the connections.

Kennesaw State Bailey School of Music to Celebrate Black History Month With Five Diverse Performances

Kennesaw State University Bailey School of Music will celebrate Black History Month with a festival of five concerts, beginning Feb. 17 and running through Feb. 25.

Xian Zhang Conducts The New Jersey Symphony For Mahler's Symphony No. 3

Music Director Xian Zhang leads the New Jersey Symphony in her favorite piece of music, Mahler's Symphony No. 3, on March 3 and 5 with mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor, Montclair State University Prima Voce, and Starry Arts Group Children's Chorus. Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) was an Austro-Bohemian composer and conductor of the late-Romantic era. His compositions often draw on his Jewish heritage, and he is known for symphonic works of great scale and power. He is routinely described by modern scholars as one of the most important and innovative composers of the Romantic period.


The Onassis Foundation will present 'Archive of Desire': A Festival Inspired by the Poet C.P. Cavafy, a momentous gathering of artists responding to a poet’s legacy that stretches across every facet of the arts, yet remains widely undiscovered in the U.S.

New Jersey Symphony Announces 2023"24 Season

The New Jersey Symphony has announced its 101st season highlighting Music Director Xian Zhang's ambitious vision to explore the musical heritage of the American orchestral works.

American Composers Orchestra Selects Nine Composers For Two June 2023 NYC EarShot Readings and is Awarded Sphinx Venture Fund Grant

 American Composers Orchestra (ACO) continues its commitment to the creation and development of new orchestra music, and to the next generation of composers, through its spring 2023 EarShot Readings program.

Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents: Multidisciplinary Premieres From (American Modern Opera Company) and Eunbi Kim & Xuan

Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) presents two multidisciplinary premieres during February 2023, continuing its long term commitment to nurturing theatrical presentations of concerts.

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