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Daniel Bernard Roumain

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Daniel Bernard Roumain in Vancouver (2010)

Daniel Bernard Roumain (/rˈmn/;[1] known by his initials, DBR; born 1970[2]) is a composer, performer, violinist, and band-leader, whose work combines classical music with jazz, hip-hop and rock.[3]


Roumain speaking about his changing views regarding his composition i am a white person who ___ Black people before a performance of that work by the New Jersey Symphony, 2024

In September 2010, Dancers, Dreamers, and Presidents — an orchestral tone poem inspired by Ellen DeGeneres and then-senator Barack Obama — premiered at the New World Symphony.[4]

DBR composed the opera, "We Shall Not Be Moved," in collaboration with librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and director and choreographer Bill T. Jones. The opera premiered at Opera Philadelphia on September 16, 2017.[5]



Roumain in rehearsal, 2010
  1. ^ "Daniel Bernard Roumain: i am a white person who _____ Black people". YouTube. New Jersey Symphony. Retrieved 29 November 2023.
  2. ^ "Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)". Subito Music Corporation. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  3. ^ Wight, Josephine R. B. (2014). "Art/Classical Music". In Burnim, Mellonee V.; Maultsby, Portia K. (eds.). African American Music: An Introduction. Taylor & Francis. p. 156. ISBN 9781317934431.
  4. ^ Stepanich, Gregory. "Roumain's 'Dreamers' Proves Accessible, Attractive". Knight Foundation. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  5. ^ Lunden, Jeff (2017-09-17). "'We Shall Not Be Moved': A New Opera Traces The Legacy Of The 1985 MOVE Bombing". All Things Considered. Retrieved 2017-10-30.

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