Lark Quartet, Klap Ur Handz

Brian Wise

By Brian Wise

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Hip-hop influenced composer and violinist pens his elegy to Rosa Parks.

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.