Marlboro College


Daniel Bernard Roumain Connects
Classical and Rock Traditions

Award-winning composer and musician Daniel Bernard Roumain gives a musical performance and discussion on Monday, October 10, at 7:00 p.m. in Whittemore Theater as part of Marlboro College’s Monday Night Lecture Series. In “What Music Means Now,” Roumain will explore what music signifies in this modern age of iPods, downloads and Kurtage, Crow and Cage at everyone’s fingertips.

Voted #3 Best Classical Moment of 2003 by The New York Times, African-American Roumain, often described as “Beethoven meets Lenny Kravitz,” blends funk, rock, hip hop and classical music to create an innovative vision for modern music. Roumain forges a clear connection between classical and rock music. “Young people are already listening to very sophisticated music. Hip-hop music, rock music and electronica, these really have a lot going on,” says Roumain. “And Eminem and Bach are using the same scales. So young people come equipped with all the listening and analytical skills they need to appreciate classical music.”

Traveling around much of the United States and Europe, Roumain has collaborated with Philip Glass, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Vernon Reid, DJ Spooky, Susan Sarandon, Cassandra Wilson, Maya Angelou, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic, to name a few. “Roumain show[s] an extraordinary ability to keep interest alive in every instrumental part, combining visceral excitement with dancing intelligence,” writes Paul Griffiths in The New York Times.

Currently artist-in-residence at Arizona State University, PACE University and the Bowery Poetry Club, Roumain is also assistant composer-in-residence at the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and music director for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. A Van Lier Fellow, he is a recipient of a Creative Capital Grant, the Peter Pratt Memorial Award and the Silver Knight Award, among others. Roumain earned his Ph.D. and M.A. at the University of Michigan, and studied with William Bolcom and Michael Daugherty. For more information, visit

This lecture is free of charge and open to the public. The Whittemore Theater is fully accessible. Lectures are funded by the Thompson Trust, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, the Vermont Humanities Council and an anonymous donor. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 251-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (


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