The Telling: Daniel Bernard Roumain


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The Telling: Daniel Bernard Roumain

The Telling: Daniel Bernard Roumain

“The Telling” is a new collection of original live works by renowned Haitian-American composer, violinist,  and activist Daniel Bernard Roumain. Through instrumental solos, dance, and chamber music, the artists reflect upon and respond to the forces of crisis and communion in our lives, telling stories of our anger, anguish, and enduring hope. Surrounded by singers, dancers, and strings at Providence’s majestic WaterFire Arts Center, how can we, the living, honor the lost?

“Twin Stars: Diamond Variations for Dae’Anna” is the centerpiece of the evening program. This complex chamber work is a cry for racial justice and a searing artistic response to the killing of Philando Castile. Castile was fatally shot by a police officer in 2016 during a traffic stop while driving with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her four-year-old daughter, Dae’Anna. View the online program here.

Featured artists: Becky Bass, Shura Baryshnikov, Melvin Chen, MusicWorks Collective, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Albert Rudolph Lee, Jay Breen and Victoria L. Awkward.

A Town Hall dialogue will follow the live concert. With reflections from: Central Falls Councilwoman Tatiana Baena, Angel Cepeda, Classical High School Student and Providence Student Union Liaison, and Ray Rickman, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Stages of Freedom.

RELATED EVENTS: The Seeing”, a series of compelling video works scored by Daniel Bernard Roumain was on view at WaterFire Arts Center from January 12-February 6, 2022. Read an interview with DBR about the exhibition in The Brown Daily Herald.

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The Telling” was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ New Work New England program, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Seedlings Foundation, the Fund for the Arts at NEFA, and individual donors. This grant is in honor of Dr. Larry Simpson, a NEFA board member from 2006 –2020, including six years as chair, and a champion of the arts.
This program is made possible with additional support from Providence’s Department of Art Culture + Tourism, and the Aaron Roitman Fund for Chamber Music.

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