DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN
Etudes 4 Violin & Electronix

[Thirsty Ear, www.thirstyear.com]

This is one of these records I wouldn't have normally heard as my head is usually turned in the other direction. Thing is, not that I dislike "classical" music, it's just that the classics seem to steer clear away from me. When I do listen to new music, it had better be new. Otherwise, it falls off my radar and into a neither region. I'm glad I actually had a good listen to violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain's latest CD. Featuring the talents of Philip Glass, Ryuichi Sakamoto, DJ Scientific and DJ Spooky, the album is full of gentle nuances, unexplored valleys and roads less traveled. Electronic are used but only in a gentle way, Roumain prefers to play violin alone, uninterrupted. When he is aided by other players, the music is mystic, magical and as natural as water or air. The motifs he entangles himself in are pure and wistfully flowing. Like a river running along to its ultimate death at an ocean delta, Roumain remains satisfied with giving the listener sweet and syrupy material. This is where the problem for me comes in. As much as I love sweets, I find too much syrup can be bad for the teeth [which is why I visit the dentist so frequently]. I wish some of these numbers were more daring, more melancholy and more ambiguous. As for the sidemen, nowhere do I hear Roumain be challenged by them. The whole improvisational aspect in this whole game is sadly missing. If you're able to overlook that, the album is serene and perfect for a romantic dinner by candlelight.

- Tom Sekowski


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