FirstWorks’ first Artistic Ambassador

Daniel Bernard Roumain, also known simply as DBR, is a composer on a unique musical journey.

Known for his signature violin sounds infused with myriad electronic, urban, and African-American music influences, DBR takes his genre-bending music beyond the proscenium. His innovative musical collaborations span the worlds of modernist composer Philip Glass, choreographer Bill T. Jones, Broadway star Savion Glover, and pop icon Lady Gaga, leading the New York Times to describe him as “about as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets.”

During FirstWorks’ 2019-2020 season, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) will be the inaugural FirstWorks Artistic Ambassador. Over the course of a year, DBR will be embedded in our community for a series of workshops reaching students, teachers and the elderly, community meals and conversations, and public performances with local artist collaborators.

In his own words

“Right now, we need art that is resistant. Art that is disruptive. And we need artists who are willing to be a part of what are some massive changes in terms of social justice and politics. I aim to create conversations that share and understand how wonderfully diverse we are, in terms of how we identify and define our bodies, passions, politics and work. I am not limited by tradition or compelled by innovation.

I am deeply connected to FirstWorks’ commitment to young people—not only learning from the artists who are in residence with FirstWorks, but actually performing with them side by side. This model exemplifies FirstWorks’ commitment to equality, a core value we share. I am honored to take a leading role in the 2019-2020 season as FirstWorks’ Artistic Ambassador.” —Daniel Bernard Roumain



6/12/20: Requiem for the Living, In Color - Livestream music event in collaboration with Carlos Toro, Steer PVD


6/6-6/9/19: Arts Learning in-school workshops and PVDFest performance with The Humanist Septet

10/15-10/16/19: Arts Learning workshops at Bailey Elementary School, Central Falls HS, Higher Ground Rukiya Center and Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA)

2/24-2/29/20: Arts Learning workshops at Classical HS, JMW & PC, Professional Development workshops for teachers, Dialogue Dinner & Public Performance 2/29/20: Public Performance Redemption Songs & Sonatas
with The Humanist Septet

4/6/20: Teaching Tolerance Through Music Professional Development for Teachers - Zoom Session