Many adventurous composers draw from classic rock, but thirtysomething composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain frequently takes hip-hop as a point of departure. His is an eclectic language that's built on a broad array of influences — Boulez and Stravinsky, Miles Davis and Snoop Dogg. Roumain, who sports waist-length dreadlocks and plays the electric violin, isn't just a composer — he runs his own Harlem-based production company and tours with a nine-piece electro-acoustic ensemble. String Quartet No. 5, “Rosa Parks,” is a jaunty piece featuring a clap-along groove, bluesy solo turns and an improvised accompaniment by the percussionist Yousif Sheronick. It's interesting stuff, and especially worth hearing beside the remix version on the album.
By Brian Wise on 04.22.11 in Reviews
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