You didn’t have to be a fan of classical music or chamber music to enjoy the performance by Haitian-American composer Daniel Bernard Roumain last night. His goal since age 5 has been to make the violin cool so it can be real; make it real so it can be relevant; and be relevant so he can build relationships.
Last night he made some new fans (from elementary school age to the upper decades) by interpreting everything from classic pieces, hip hop music, the national anthem of two countries and even the paintings on the gallery walls.
Roumain has worked with Luther Campbell, Bill T. Jones, Paul Miller (DJ Spooky) and many more.
His performance was part of the on-going series at the Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) exploring the music of the African Diaspora.
Stay tuned for an interview with Roumain, which will be published soon.