College of Music Program Book 2011-2012: Ensemble & Other Performances, Volume 1 Page: 64
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PROGRAM NOTES (cont'd)
Ripped-Up Maps is an environment for improvisation by violinist and computer together.
The computer chooses its behaviors based on the actions of the performer, who in turn
responds to the machine. The computer is moody and temperamental, switching between
four very different states of behavior. The computer can be nudged toward one or another
state by the music the performer plays, but can never be controlled. On the other hand, the
performer shapes the computer's voice by giving it new samples to use as its "orchestra."
The title of the piece refers to the process of mapping input data from the violinist onto
output behaviors, creating tunes, patterns, and tendencies whose shapes may be ripped apart
at the continental divides.
Having carved a reputation for himself as an innovative composer, performer, violinist,
and band leader, Haitian-American artist Daniel Bernard Roumain melds his classical
music roots with his own cultural references and vibrant musical imagination. Proving that
he's "about as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets" (New York Times), Roumain is
perhaps the only composer who has collaborated and performed with Philip Glass, Cassandra
Wilson, Bill T. Jones, and Lady Gaga. He has received commissions from Carnegie Hall,
the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Library of Congress, and the sports channel
ESPN. He has appeared on "American Idol" (FOX), "America's Assignment" (CBS
Evening News), "E:60" (ESPN) and been voted one of the "Top 100 New Yorkers" (New
York Resident), "Top 40 Under 40 business people" (Crain s New York Business), "Top 5
Tomorrow's Newsmakers" (1010 WINS Radio), and spotlighted as a "New Face of Classical
Music" (Esquire Magazine). Most recently Mr. Roumain has created a new evening-length
work, Symphony for the Dance Floor, for the 2011 BAM Next Wave Festival and ASU
Gammage, and composed music for the Atlanta Ballet, Home in 7, with the choreographer
Amy Seiwert and the poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph.
"In Filter (2002) the virtuoso practices of Paganini and Heifetz, as well as the guitarists Jimi
Hendrix and Prince, merge and intertwine in a way that elevates the art of these wizards in
addition to paying tribute to them. Composer Roumain explains that the extended techniques
he calls "filtering" consist of moving the bow along a horizontal line between the bridge
and the fingerboard. The result is the creation of 'a series of overtones, timbres, and tones
that approximates the high/low-pass filters used in electronic music.' What the term meant
for me was that the extended techniques employed by Hendrix and Prince could "infiltrate"
the world of the classical violin playing that creates a new, hybrid sound palette."--Joe
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