New Jersey Symphony Orchestra appoints new resident artistic catalyst
As resident artistic catalyst, Roumain will compose two commissions, perform as a soloist with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) under the direction of Music Director Xian Zhang, advise on concert programming and engage in educational programs. and community groups of the orchestra. Her position is a new role developed by the NJSO as a means to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the arts.
Described as “about as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” by the New York Times, Mr. Roumain has collaborated with artists of different genres, including Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover and Lady Gaga. As a violinist, his unique sound is influenced by a myriad of electronic, urban and African American music. He also composes chamber, orchestral and opera works and has won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Musical Composition.
“I am excited, honored, honored and ready to collaborate with the legendary New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as we move forward together in our work towards change, equity, community and innovation,” Romanian said in a statement. . “Working closely with Maestro Xian Zhang (whom I consider a vital mentor and close friend), the staff, the board of directors and the outstanding musicians of the orchestra, together we will open a world of new ideas and endless possibilities for the communities we will all serve and the continued success of the NJSO Organization.
“Daniel is an important artist who is leading the necessary change in the orchestral world through both his music and his activism,” said Gabriel van Aalst, President and CEO of the ONJM. “The ONJM is engaged in the vital work of becoming a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution. , and Daniel will be a key voice for the Orchestra as we work towards this mission both on stage and in the community.