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by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)

A composer, performer, violinist, and band-leader who seamlessly blends funk, rock, hip-hop and classical music into a new sonic vision that is far out and creative in another world.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Orbit
2:53 $0.99
2. Imprint
5:38 $0.99
3. Pulsing
4:50 $0.99
4. Listen
4:58 $0.99
5. Cotillion 1
3:15 $0.99
6. Grounded
4:29 $0.99
7. Wanted
3:35 $0.99
8. Cotillion 2
3:35 $0.99
9. Filter
3:08 $0.99
10. Veronica and Vincent
5:21 $0.99
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Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) is a composer, performer, violinist, and band-leader who seamlessly blends funk, rock, hip-hop and classical music into a new sonic vision that is far out and creative in another world. He is a classical-urban ambassador for the next generation with a widening international audience.

Voted '#3 Best Classical Moment of 2003' by the New York Times and raved by critics from classical and popular music fields alike, DBR has collaborated with Philip Glass, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Savion Glover, Vernon Reid, DJ Spooky, Susan Sarandon, Cassandra Wilson, and an array of orchestras and chamber ensembles. His dramatic soul-inspiring pieces range from orchestral scores to energetic chamber works to rock songs and electronica, all embracing modern musical genres woven with a multicolored spectrum of popular music. His 9-piece band, DBR & THE MISSION, features an amplified string quartet, drum kit, keyboards, vocalist, DJ, and laptopist. The orchestras of Dallas, Memphis, San Antonio, and St. Louis have performed or commissioned his works, and Bill T. Jones and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s regularly collaborate with him---DBR is the Music Director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Assistant Composer-in-Residence of the OSL.

DBR has performed his arrangements of Cassandra Wilson’s 'Glamoured' with the jazz vocalist and her quintet while conducting the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic; jammed with his band at the celebrated Joe's Pub in New York City; rocked with DJ Spooky at the Lincoln Center Summer Festival; and composed music for and performed in the European premiere of Bill T. Jones' 'ANOTHER EVENING' at the RomaEuropa Festival in Italy. As Artist-in-Residence at Arizona State University, DBR collaborated and performed with Philip Glass in 'SEEN AND HEARD: Philip Glass and Daniel Roumain Together on Screen, Stage and in Sound'.

Hundreds of people at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center applauded the premiere of DBR’s 'String Quartet No. 4, Angelou', a musical portrait of Maya Angelou composed for string quartet, turntables and laptop; it’s the most recent addition to his on-going series of string quartets depicting leaders from the civil rights era (others include Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Adam Clayton Powell). Current projects include 'Vision Blinding' (his fourth, evening-length solo show) for violin, video, and voice; '24 Bits: Hip Hop Studies and Etudes' performed by DBR on piano and laptop; and 'Blind Date' (the most recent Bill T. Jones/DBR collaboration), a large-scale work for multiple video installations, a classical violinist, two throat-singers, and the company.

DBR completed his masters and doctoral work at the University of Michigan, studying with William Bolcom and Michael Daugherty. He is a Van Lier Fellow (2002, 2004), a recipient of a Creative Capital Grant, and an Artist-in-Residence at PACE University. DBR has been recognized as one of the Top 100 New Yorkers by New York Resident Magazine; appeared on the catwalk for Perry Ellis during fashion week; been interviewed by Tavis Smiley; featured on the pages of XXL magazine and the New York Times; and writes a column, DBR Pulse, for DRUM magazine in London. STRINGS magazine published one of his Hip Hop Studies and Etudes in February 2005.



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Loops, deleays and cello - both acoustic and electric -as somekind of music to an unwritten movie about bows lost in space - more soundlayers than specific melodies


It was very good and I really liked it
The music is very good and I enjoyed it very much.


needs more violin
I love Daniel Bernard Roumain's music. I enjoyed the CD immensly but I prefer to hear the more traditional compositions I have seen him perform. All in all though, definitely worth buying. A great CD to play on the commute to/from work. :-)

james tafel shuster

Pulsing is one of those rare albums that seems hit the bullet points of good music-making past and present. The indavidual elements here weave very beautiful textures and create an atmosphere which is so rare to the vast majority of albums in this genre (which is, by the way, still in need of a more descriptive title). I had this album on my wishlist for quite some time and finally hearing it in full did not dissappoint, even with the lofty expectations that come with long anticipation.


incredible talent!
this music is thrilling and captivating at the same time. The talent combined is unlike any other group right now. If you get a chance to see them live I would highly recommend it! they are great.

Barry Dworkin

Roumain's new disk, pulsing" merges the exploration of pure sound with rich cult
Roumain's new disk, pulsing" merges the exploration of pure sound with rich cultural references. It has its roots in the minimalism of the New York School, and the evolving history of black popular music. It unfolds abstract sound, and wraps it onto a rich musical tradition; a stunning package materializes. The violin performance of “filter” is riveting.

Venus Prado

Pulsing IS what it is...Pulsing!
Pulsing IS what it is…PULSING!

Orbit, with its cascading rhythms and melodies, prepares you to enter the musical world of that which can only be described as “Planet DBR”!

At first, the tranquil and slow-paced vibes of Imprint command a mournful presence. Then suddenly, the somber notes are transformed into a climatic born-again frenzy. Ultimately, the song slowly drowns back to the place from which it rose.

Pulsing seems fitting as the DBR personal anthem. With its strobe-light musical appeal, this signature tune could be the “laser-light sword fight” of classical music composer combusting into contemporary hip-hop violinist. This musical explosion clears the way for futuristic musical rhythms to come.

Fusing human voice with musical overtures, Listen forces the listener to do just that. LISTEN. But we do so with a different set of ears attuned only to DBR frequencies!

Cotillion 1, my personal favorite, is incredibly delicate. This musical sanctuary creates a safe place. A place where one can journey with eyes closed and arrive at the very core of sacred humanness.

The piercing notes of Grounded don’t let you forget that DBR is here with a message that is meant to be heard LOUD and CLEAR!

Wanted is wonderfully aquatic in nature. As I immerse myself in the musical notes, I am reminded of an echoing underwater heartbeat. A heartbeat that transforms itself into the lifeline that sustains and feeds my malnourished soul.

Cotillion 2: see Cotillion 1 notes!

Having seen DBR perform Filter, all I can say it that there is nothing like hearing the real thing! As I listen to this piece, I close my eyes and can still see him clearly, his movements and sounds forever etched in my memory.

Finally, I am always touched by DBR’s inclination to tell the untold human stories of our times. For me, Veronica and Vincent does just that. It captures a moment in time that desperately needed a voice. This piece stands true to its storytelling appeal, especially in light of its similarity to Nothin’ (Mama Mix) heard on DBR’s previous CD I, Composer.

As I said before (and I’ll say it again) Pulsing IS what it is…PULSING!

great album, excellent mix of various genres, defintely would recommend it to anybody


I really enjoyed this ambient/electronica album. I just wish it would have been an album by a violinist with electronica accents as opposed to the other way around.