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Oct. 19, 2007

DBR and the Mission combines influences from hip-hop to classical Nov. 9

DBR and the Mission, whose innovative music melds influences from hip-hop to classical, will perform "24 Bits: Hip Hop Studies and Etudes" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium. The audience will be invited to remain in the lobby after the show for a post-performance party, complete with delicious treats.

The public is also invited to a free discussion/demonstration at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Senate Chamber of the UI Old Capitol, exploring the music that will be performed Nov. 9 and the artists' other work.

Haitian-American violinist/composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) -- who will serve as musical director for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's "Blind Date" Nov. 6 in Hancher before staying on for a residency -- leads a nine-piece electro-acoustic band, including drums and an amplified string quartet, into territory that is both familiar and uncharted.

The critic of the Albany Times-Union described the performance of DBR and the Mission as "an evening of chamber music with the accessible feel of a rock concert."

As a composer, his dramatic pieces range from orchestral scores and energetic chamber works to rock songs and electronica. According to an article in the New York Times, "Daniel Bernard Roumain is creating a miracle."

Visit the ensemble's web page at, where audio and video files can be accessed.

An All About Jazz review described DBR's recording debut, "etudes4violin&electronix," as a "demonstration of unquestionable virtuosity and commitment to the violin's expressivity." The album showcases DBR's dialogue with contemporary musical figures including Philip Glass, Ryuichi Sakamoto, DJ Scientific and DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid.

DBR has collaborated with an array of orchestras and chamber ensembles: most recently, the performances and commissions of "WE MARCH," a guitar concerto for the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and guitarist Eliot Fisk; "The Tuscaloosa Meditations," an original piece commemorating the heroism of the desegregation of the University of Alabama; "Voodoo Violin Concerto," a virtuosic handling of DBR's Haitian heritage premiered by the Vermont Youth Orchestra; and "Call Them All: Fantasy Projections for Film, Laptop, and Orchestra," which received its world premiere at Carnegie's Zankel Hall by the American Composers Orchestra.

As a violinist and performer, DBR has worked with artists including DJ Spooky, Vernon Reid, Savion Glover, Susan Sarandon and Cassandra Wilson.

He was voted "Outstanding American" on the "CBS Evening News," received praise as one of the "Top 100 New Yorkers" by New York Resident, was tapped as one of the "Top 40 Under 40" business people by Crain's New York Business and as one of the entertainment industry's "Top 5 Tomorrow's Newsmakers" by WINS radio.

The Nov. 9 performance is supported by Roger and Gayle Klouda, and James B. and Darlene E. McCord through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $30/28/25; UI student $20/15; senior citizen $27/25.20/22.50; youth $20/15.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered online 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website:

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

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