Woodbox: Beats & Balladry

Woodbox: Beats & Balladry

by Daniel Bernard RoumainDaniel Bernard Roumain


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Haitian-born classical violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain has made a name for himself across the musical spectrum, performing with DJ Spooky, Emeline Michel, and Lady Gaga, composing work for dance companies, and, under his own banner, combining violin with electronics and programmed rhythms in a way that's no mere grafting of classical instrumentation to hip-hop à la Miri Ben-Ari, but a genuinely new sound. His beats are sparse and stuttering, and the occasional outbursts of turntable scratching are equally subtle and restrained, more in the style of DJ Krush than the Invisibl Skratch Piklz. His violin is both bowed and plucked, and subjected to various types of distortion and electronic manipulation. Some tracks erupt in bursts of outright noise. Occasionally other instruments, most notably piano, enter the mix, but there are no co-leaders and (mercifully) no vocalists; this is Roumain's show, and it's overwhelmingly a melancholy and quite beautiful one.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/30/2010
Label: Thirsty Ear
UPC: 0700435719323
catalogNumber: 57193
Rank: 150832

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Daniel Bernard Roumain   Primary Artist,electronics,6-String Violin,Effects Pedals
Jim Robertson   Bass
Peter Gordon   electronics
Elan Vytal   Turntables
Kenny Grohowski   Drums
Wynne Bennett   Synthesizer,Piano

Technical Credits

Eric Aceto   Instrument Design
Tim Conklin   Engineer
Yuki Nakajima   Graphic Design
Jim Robertson   Arranger,Composer
Anthony Ruotolo   Engineer
Daniel Bernard Roumain   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Peter Gordon   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Elan Vytal   Arranger,Composer
Kenny Grohowski   Arranger,Composer
Wynne Bennett   Arranger
Farrah Crane   Photo Assistance
Ann-Marie Burns   Photo Assistance

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