The Sacramento Philharmonic goes “Traditionally Modern” for the New Year, as composer and guest-performer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) joins the orchestra and music director Michael Morgan on January 11 in a concert of his Woodbox Violin Concerto. Based on DBR’s acclaimed electronica album “Woodbox Beats & Balladry” (Thirsty Ear Recordings), Woodbox Violin Concerto was commissioned by the Boston Pops, and its June 2010 world premiere at Symphony Hall featured DBR as soloist.
DBR talks about his Woodbox Violin Concerto: “[After the CD] release, I thought many of the themes and ideas on the album could be re-imagined and arranged for orchestra and acoustic, 4-string violin….Upon receiving a commission from the Boston Pops to both compose and perform a new work for them, [I wrote] the concerto while I was in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts…More than an arrangement, Woodbox Violin Concerto is a musical extension of the themes and ideas of a recording, transformed for large symphonic forces. The term ‘woodbox’ refers to my violin, and the many extended techniques I employ, including striking the instrument like a small drum.”
Michael Morgan adds, “The great thing about working with DBR is his ability to connect [with] people. He connects his playing to the orchestra and then connects everything to the audience in a way that makes everyone present part of a single unit and that single unit is suffused with energy. That’s what makes every performance of his an ‘event,’ which is what we strive for in the symphony concert hall.”
More DBR in January: On the 12th, Face the Music — the new music youth ensemble of New York’s Kaufman Music Center — performs String Quartet No. 2: King at the Queen’s Museum; January 13th brings DBR back to New York as curator of Soza Media’s “new sights, sounds and words” event at the DiMenna Center; and on the 19th, Shouthouse performs Fast Black Dance Machine at The Cell in New York.
Find out more about Daniel Bernard Roumain.