After Dark: A Special Performance by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)
and Elan Vytal (aka DJ Scientific)
Thursday, June 2, 2011
The Exploratorium’s After Dark on Thursday, June 2, from 6 to 10 pm, features the music of Haitian-American composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). DBR’s innovative works range from orchestral scores, electronica, and chamber pieces to music for theater, film, and modern dance. For tonight’s performance, DBR will collaborate with Bay Area native Elan Vytal (aka DJ Scientific) on turntables.
The concert will feature tracks from DBR’s latest albums, Woodbox Beats & Balladry and etudes4violin&electronix, as well as some original tracks created by Elan Vytal, DBR’s long-time collaborator and Bay Area DJ. Echoing DBR’s career, the music contains elements of classical minimalism, dance club beats, traditional ballads, and thick distortion.
After Dark is an adult evening program at the Exploratorium on the first Thursday of every month that mixes cocktails, conversation and adult-oriented programming in science and the arts. Each night showcases a different theme, which might include live performances, films and new media, or feature cutting-edge technology and unexpected extravaganzas. Programs are playful, unique and content-rich, addressing the science behind topics of adult interest—from gambling, alcohol, fashion and sex to extreme sports and gaming. Not a theater, a cabaret, or a gallery, After Dark involves aspects of all three, with a mood unlike anything else in the city. Where else can you find music, a cash bar and an intellectually stimulating playground for adults—all with free parking?
The core of this upcoming performance is DBR’s signature custom 6-string amplified violin. While using an array of techniques and technologies, DBR’s frequent aggressive, percussive lower-string bowing (an extra two strings are added to his instrument for bass lines) makes his violin a vital sonic and compositional force.
Praise for DBR’s Sonata for Violin and Turntables:
“Both performers brought a combination of unabashed earnestness and quicksilver musical wit.”
—The Boston Globe
“The music was involving, tonal, and eminently accessible, steeped in the wash-rinse-repeat cycle of minimalism but sexed up considerably with hip-hop rhythms, jazz riffs and imaginative collaboration.”
—The Washington Post
Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)
Having carved a reputation for himself as an innovative composer, performer, violinist, and band leader, Haitian-American artist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) melds his classical music roots with his own cultural references and vibrant musical imagination.
Proving that he’s "about as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets" (The New York Times), DBR is perhaps the only composer who has collaborated and performed with Philip Glass, Cassandra Wilson, Bill T. Jones, and Lady Gaga. He's received commissions from Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Library of Congress, and the sports channel ESPN. Recent works include the evening-length work Symphony for the Dance Floor (2011 BAM Next Wave Festival) and music for the Atlanta Ballet’s Home in 7. www.dbrmusic.com
Elan Vytal aka DJ Scientific
DJ/Composer Elan Vytal, aka DJ Scientific, combines precisely engineered hip-hop beats and scratched rhythms with classical and world music sounds, both live and sampled, creating a uniquely contemporary, yet accessible urban sonic experience.
Elan Vytal’s recent solo credits include: a Brooklyn Philharmonic mentorship; music director for the Daniel Beaty’s play Resurrection; co-host of Kompasshun, a live music dance party held at The Whitney Museum; Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays; Pro Dreams sound installation at the Studio Museum of Harlem; Kidszone Live, an educational outreach program of the New York Philharmonic; and Bach Meets Hip-Hop, a production for Hewlett-Packard. His current children’s video/book project Prospect Bear is successfully touring the US. www.elanvytal.com