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Music Review – Daniel Bernard Roumain

Submitted by on 20 Dec 2008 – 11:19 PM Comments

Daniel Bernard Roumain is a violinist whose strokes tell a compelling narrative. He guides ballerinas with his lightest, most fluid touch, yet the next instant he is relentless, treating his classical instrument like a homemade fiddle. The continuity of Etudes4violin&electronix is this collaborative album’s exceptional quality. When Roumain’s violin meets the heavy grinding of DJ Spooky and Peter Gordon’s sampling mix, the result is more like a conversation rather than combat.

On “Black Man Singing,” the echo of female voices disguises the lead of the violin. The instrument instead operates parallel to the voice line. The production value of the track gives the impression of being in a forest; pleasant sounds swoop in from every angle.

The simple elegance of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s piano on “The Need To Be” and “The Need To Follow,” is the foreground for Roumain’s most powerful display. He attaches meaning to the melody of the keys and allows it to resonate.

For “The La La Song,” household objects like a bathtub and a drum are used to create something close to a spiritual or hymn.

Serena Sanford