An Immersive Live Music Activation with Composer/Violinist/Educator Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)
Conceptualized and directed by DBR, EN MASSE is an immersive musical experience for variable instrumentation, scalable ensemble size, and performance length. Adaptable for ensembles between 5 and 500 musicians from string quartets to marching bands, EN MASSE is designed to work in both large public spaces (squares, stadiums, parks) as well as contained spaces (theaters, warehouses), and can last anywhere between 30 minutes to an entire day.
Commissioned by the Mitchell Center for the University of Houston “Spirit of Houston” Marching Band, EN MASSE was created as a “deconstructed parade” with music direction by DBR. The band members took over Houston’s public park “Discovery Green,” creating a cross between a flash mob and a pep rally, a processional and pop-up recital.
The creation process for EN MASSE is intended to involve multiple local community organizations, and student and professional musical ensembles, and takes place over the course of two visits by DBR during which he offers workshops, masterclasses and coaching sessions to empower youth and build community. The culminating activation of EN MASSE for the larger public is the result of a dynamic collaboration between DBR, local artists and the hosting organization.
To date, EN MASSE has been successfully mounted in Houston, TX; Fairfield, CT; Providence, RI; and Portland, ME. Contact us to start planning EN MASSE in your community!
About 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 recently premiered We Shall Not Be Moved, a chamber opera co-commissioned by Opera Philadelphia and Apollo Theater, with libretto by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and direction by Bill T. Jones. New York Times called the work "The Best Classical Performance of 2017."
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