Daniel Bernard Roumain and the DBR Lab return to National Sawdust to present cross-disciplinary talent by seven emerging artists from Arizona State University on Saturday, April 13, 2024.

April 13, 2024
5:00 pm
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Event Description

Daniel Bernard Roumain and the DBR Lab return to National Sawdust to present cross-disciplinary talent by seven emerging artists from Arizona State University on Saturday, April 13, 2024. Original projects explore dance, original music compositions, digital media and spoken word. Featuring special guest performances, invited by DBR (to be announced).  

DBR Lab was founded by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), is managed by Malena Grosz, and documented by Keegan Carlson (photo credits). The Lab operates in close collaboration with DBR Music Productions, SOZO Artists, ASU GAMMAGE and is in residence at the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University.


Performances by:

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)

Lane  -  MFA Dance (poetry in motion) 

Dania Urena - BA Music Composition (composition for voice and electronics)

Brandon Lombardo - MFA Dance (storytelling through movement)

Deanna Rusnock - MM Composition (composition for accordion, voice and electronics) 

John Paul Alejandro  - MFA Dance (spoken word and dance)

N^THAN - BA Music Composition (composition for voice, guitar, piano and electronics)

Valkyrie Yao - MFA Dance (installation art and performance)

Featuring Special Guests:

Adrianna Mateo - solo violinist, singer, songwriter, actress

Jeff McMahon - spoken word, writer 

Paola Prestini - composer, voice

DBR - composer, violin, piano

About Daniel Bernard Roumain

Professor and Director of DBR Lab
PhD Music Composition

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) is a Black, Haitian-American composer who sees composing as collaboration with artists, organizations and communities within the farming and framing of ideas. He is a prolific and endlessly collaborative composer, performer, educator, and social entrepreneur. “About as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (New York Times), Roumain has worked with artists from J’Nai Bridges, Lady Gaga and Philip Glass to Bill T. Jones, Marin Alsop and Anna Deavere Smith.

Known for his signature violin sounds infused with myriad electronic and African-American music influences, Roumain takes his genre-bending music beyond the proscenium. He is a composer of solo, chamber, orchestral, and operatic works, and has composed an array of film, theater, and dance scores. He has composed music for the acclaimed film Ailey (Sundance official selection); released and appeared on 30 album recordings; and has published over 300 works. He has been presented by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Kennedy Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Sydney Opera House. Currently, he is the first Artistic Ambassador with Firstworks; the first Artist Activist-in-Residence at Longy School of Music; and the first Resident Artistic Catalyst with the New Jersey Symphony.

Roumain is an Atlantic Center Master Artist, a Creative Capital Grantee, and a Hermitage Artist Retreat Fellow. He has won the American Academy in Rome Goddard Lieberson Fellowship; a Civitella Ranieri Music Fellowship Award; an Emmy Award for The New Look of Classical Music; National Sawdust Disruptor Award; and the Sphinx Organization Arthur L. Johnson Award. He currently serves as a board member for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (Vice Char), the League of American Orchestras, and is a voting member for the Recording Academy GRAMMY awards.

A student of William Albright, Leslie Bassett, and William Bolcom, Roumain graduated from Vanderbilt University and earned his doctorate in music composition from the University of Michigan. He is currently a tenured Associate and Institute Professor at Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

About Malena Grosz

Managing Director, DBR Lab
MFA Theatre (Arts Entrepreneurship and Management)

Malena Grosz has been managing the DBR Lab since its inception in 2018. She is an arts event consultant and creative project manager currently based in Austin, Texas. She is also the host of the Party Pro Toolkit podcast, sharing stories and ideas from party professionals across the country.

About Adrianna Mateo

Adrianna Mateo cuts a singular profile across the music industry as a rare multitalent: solo violinist, singer-songwriter, and actress. She is known for her depth, nuance, and appeal to both commercial and classical audiences. She has performed as a featured solo violinist at a sold-out Carnegie Hall, concertmastered on Broadway, premiered a violin concerto written for her with a 50-piece orchestra, opened solo for Alicia Keys, sung her original songs for more than 40,000 people at MCU Park, sung on MTV, acted onstage at the Metropolitan Opera and in HBO's "Succession," been profiled in 25A Luxury Magazine (John Lennon cover edition), and toured internationally. 

About Jeff McMahon

Jeff McMahon is a professor Emeritus, Arizona State University, where he taught 2001-2022. Writer/performer. MFA Nonfiction Writing, Columbia University; BA Interdisciplinary Art, SUNY/Empire State College.

Apr 13

Daniel Bernard Roumain presents: DBR Lab