DBR’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, where he currently serves as Guest Entrepreneur.
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 is co-chair of 2015 and 2016 APAP Conferences.
DBR is currently working on We Shall Not Be Moved, a chamber opera commissioned by Opera Philadelphia, with libretto by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and direction by Bill T. Jones.
The National Endowment for the Arts’ blog, Art Works recently featured an article with Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Ms. Becker describes her journey through education and the importance and contribution an arts education gives to its students. So often artists’ professional credits begin to define their biographies more than their educational roots but in an increasingly tougher financial climate, Becker reaffirms the need and contribution an arts education can nurture in students.
Sozo is particularly proud not only in the educational heritage of our roster but also the key role our artists play in furthering arts education through their work. Sozo Media believes arts education to be crucial in our increasing global society. Its integration creates artists founded in strong self-image, academic drive and an awareness equipped to contribute to the modern artistic dialogue. Whether in workshops, residencies, or commissions all of Sozo Artists continue to give back and educate future artists.
Daniel Roumain (pictured above) was featured in a documentary as Artist-In-Residence with the Boston Pops where he worked with local schools and their students. He was also musical director and artistic coach for Seattle Theater Group’s award-winning young artist program, More Music @ The Moore.
In addition, Bandaloop led by Artistic Director, Amelia Rudolph continues to prioritize and nurture future and current artists through a variety of workshops and residencies both domestic and international throughout the year.
Sozo and its artists recognize the importance of this work and pay homage to it as a critical thread in our fabric and the greater artistic community!