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Woodbox: Beats & Balladry

  • 1. Spaceships Over Haiti
    2. Sonata for Violin and Turntables, Pt. 4
    3. Simone
    4. Armstrong
    5. Sonata for Violin and Turntables, Pt. 6
    6. Moonshine
    7. Sonata for Violin and Turntables, Pt. 2
    8. JMDL
    9. Sonata for Violin and Turntables, Pt. 1
    10. Loss, The
    11. Slowly Fooled
    12. Our Country
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3571932

  • Credits
    ProducerDaniel Bernard Roumain; Peter Gordon
    EngineerTim Conklin; Anthony Ruotolo

    Recording information: Chung King Studios, New York, NY; Little Guy Studios, Harlem, NY; Nipperdom Studios, Norwalk, CT; Quad Studios, New York, NY; Simiel Studios, Margate, FL; Spin Studios, Long Island City, NY; Zach Attack Studios, Lexington, MA.
    Photographer: Leslie Lyons.
    Haitian-born classical violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain has made a name for himself across the musical spectrum, performing with DJ Spooky, Emeline Michel, and Lady Gaga, composing work for dance companies, and, under his own banner, combining violin with electronics and programmed rhythms in a way that's no mere grafting of classical instrumentation to hip-hop la Miri Ben-Ari, but a genuinely new sound. His beats are sparse and stuttering, and the occasional outbursts of turntable scratching are equally subtle and restrained, more in the style of DJ Krush than the Invisibl Skratch Piklz. His violin is both bowed and plucked, and subjected to various types of distortion and electronic manipulation. Some tracks erupt in bursts of outright noise. Occasionally other instruments, most notably piano, enter the mix, but there are no co-leaders and (mercifully) no vocalists; this is Roumain's show, and it's overwhelmingly a melancholy and quite beautiful one. ~ Phil Freeman

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