Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient
Daniel Bernard Roumain, DBR

Daniel Bernard Roumain’s acclaimed work as a composer and performer spans more than two decades, and has been commissioned by venerable artists and institutions worldwide. “About as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (New York Times), DBR is perhaps the only composer whose collaborations traverse the worlds of Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover and Lady Gaga.

Known for his signature violin sounds infused with a myriad of electronic and urban music influences, DBR takes his genre-bending music beyond the proscenium. He has been nominated for an EMMY for Outstanding Musical Composition for his work with ESPN; featured as keynote performer at technology conferences; and written large scale, site-specific music for public parks.

DBR’s made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 with the American Composers Orchestra performing his Harlem Essay for Orchestra, a Whitaker commission. He went on to compose works for the Boston Pops Orchestra; Carnegie Hall; the Library of Congress; the Stuttgart Symphony, and myriad others.

DBR’s commitment to arts education has garnered long-term relationships with countless universities, orchestras, and performing arts centers.  DBR earned his doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Michigan. He is currently Institute Professor of Practice at Arizona State University.

An avid arts industry leader, DBR serves on the board of directors of the League of American Orchestras, Association of Performing Arts Presenters and Creative Capital, the advisory committee of the Sphinx Organization, and was co-chair of 2015 and 2016 APAP Conferences.

DBR has most recently created the musical score for The Just and The Blind, a collaboration with spoken word artist and writer Marc Bamuthi Joseph, commissioned by Carnegie Hall; and a new work for Washington State University’s Symphonic Band, Falling Black Into The Sky, based on the work of the artist James Turrell and his “light work” at Roden Crater. DBR is currently creating Cipher, a new pocket opera for the Philadelphia Boys Choir, with a libretto by Joseph, based on the incarceration of young, Black boys.

I Have Worked With

  • April 2019

    Artist in Residence. Taught workshops and a composed a new work for Washington State University’s Symphonic Band, Falling Black Into The Sky.

  • March 2019

    Curated and performed for the Young People's Concerts. Artist-in-residence for the 125th Anniversary season. Led classes and workshops in and around the greated New Haven area.

  • March 2019

    Performed a new work, The Just and the Blind, comissioned by Carnegie Hall.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

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Vice President & Director of Booking, Sozo Artists
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Norwood, MA 02062
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Music - Composition
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Music - Band
Music - Chamber
Music - Choral
Music - Electronica
Music - New
Music - Opera
Music - Orchestral
Music - Solo / Recital
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Professional Associations: 
APAP (Board Member)
League of American Orchestras (Board Member)
Creative Capital (Board Member)
The Sphinx Organization (Advisory Board Member)
DMA Music Composition; University of Michigan
M.Mus Music Composition; University of Michigan
B.Mus Music Composition; Vanderbilt University
Emmy; Outstanding Musical Composition
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

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