Innovative composer and violinist Daniel Roumain comes to Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Friday, Feb. 22 for residency activities and a concert. The classically trained musician crosses genres and cultures; and is perhaps the only artist whose collaborations span the worlds of Philip Glass, Cassandra Wilson, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover and Lady Gaga. Additionally, he’s known as a master teacher who inspires and teaches for all ages, in diverse communities.
Feb. 22 Schwartz Center events with Roumain:
Roumain presents “Hip-Hop Studies and Etudes” to Emory and Atlanta-area K-12 students. Inspired by Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier” and “Philip Glass’ Music In 12 Parts,” the musical vignettes (one in each key) explain, examine and express aspects of hip-hop music. He also will participate in a conversation about creativity with Emory Associate Professor Dwight Andrews. Times for both events to be announced.
At 8 p.m. Roumain will perform a concert with members of the Harlem Chamber Players and Sphinx Organization, the unique all-African American and Latino orchestra that comprises top professionals from around the country. From Bach to Bartók to Roumain, the concert will be an intimate evening of cherished chamber music and bold contemporary works.
Titled “Filter,” the program sets works from the classical cannon alongside Roumain’s own compositions in an effort to show their shared creative impulses. Roumain says, “Many of my works are reflections of those influences, and I've wanted to show and share how composers can and do collaborate over time, across generations, and beyond race.”
The concert is part of the 2012-2013 Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series. Single concert tickets are $40. Details about the Feb. 22 events are at arts.emory.edu/roumain.
About Daniel Roumain:
Roumain made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 with the American Composers Orchestra performing his “Harlem Essay for Orchestra.” He would go on to compose works for orchestras around the world. Many orchestras, such as the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, and the Vancouver Symphony, among many others, have performed Romain’s music.
He was the first artist to be awarded Arizona State University’s prestigious Gammage Residency, “a three-year commitment to an extraordinary performing artist that includes performance, creative time and resources, intensive training for ASU students and local artists and engagement with many of the local communities.” His outreach and residencies have garnered extravagant praise and long-term relationships with countless universities, orchestras, and performing arts centers. He also served as Chair of the Music Composition/Theory Department and Composer-in-Residence at The Harlem School of the Arts. Read his complete bio here.
Celebrating 10 years, the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts is a place where teaching, learning, and performance merge to create a vital arts presence for the entire community.