Filed under: Miami Light Projects
Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) is a classically trained composer, performer, violinist, and band-leader noted for blending funk, rock, hip-hop and classical music into an energetic and experiential sonic form. Co-presented by the Miami Light Projects, DBR presented his unique sound this past week at two very special performances, the first of which was at the intimate Haitian restaurant Tap Tap on Thursday, April 30 and then in the dramatic and acoustically outstanding Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center on Friday, May 1.
A native of Margate, Florida and of Haitian-American heritage, DBR’s humble and gracious attitude invaded both performance locations this past week. His dramatic pieces range from orchestral scores and energetic chamber works. With his Family in the audience for Thursday night’s private event, the musician performed “Defeated,” an ESPN commissioned piece, and a Jimmy Hendrix-style rendition of “Amazing Grace.” With his glasses at the end of his nose, dreadlocks in his face, and his eyes closed, DBR strummed the violin like a guitar as he rocked out the classic American standard as a hippy-like jam session crossed with stunning classical undertones. The intimate crowd appeared blown away by DBR’s ability to create this new and interesting sound from his instrument of choice.
DBR was excited to be able to perform in Miami again. He was very enthusiastic and excited about his Adrienne Arsht Center debut last Friday and said it was a dream come true to be given the opportunity to perform in this “acoustically world-class facility.” Both evenings DBR was accompanied on stage with, who he has dubbed “the queen of Haitian song,” Emeline Michele. The Haitian-born singer/song writer had the audience on their feet as her beautifully unique voice was crossed with traditional island rhythms and inspiring lyrics. DBR said Emiline’s musicianship is “medicine for the soul,” and I know everyone in attendances felt the same way. Immediately following the Friday performance, fans crowed around both DBR and Emiline while they humbely took pictures and signed autographs for two hours in the lobby and patron’s salon of the Knight Concert Hall.
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