He Is: An innovative violinist, composer, performer, remixer, and bandleader, DBR has won worldwide acclaim for his eclecticism and fearless exploration, whether through extended violin techniques, the infusion of electronics, or his perspectives on the definition of chamber music.
His Sound: With his new album, Woodbox Beats & Balladry (Thirsty Ear Recordings), his profusion of classical composing and performing talents are uniquely exposed. Echoing his own career, Woodbox contains elements of classical minimalism, dance club beats, traditional ballads, and thick distorted noise. “[The album] is an amalgam of what contemporary composers are doing and where contemporary classical music might be going,” says DBR.
Listen Up: The artist has performed with everyone from the Seattle and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras to dancers Bill T. Jones and Savion Glover to composers Philip Glass and Derek Bermel to DJs Radar, Scientific, and Spooky to jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, pop artist Lady Gaga, and infamous rap group 2 Live Crew.
Method Behind the Music: In DBR’s other project, the stage show Sonata for Violin and Turntables, he collaborates with laptopist/turntablist Elan Vytal (aka DJ Scientific) for a musical exploration of classical (concert music played by violin) and hip-hop (commercial music played at the turntables). “It’s an attempt to honor not only the first and second Viennese schools of Europe, but to also pay tribute to the Bronx and the waves of inventions that that music sent to us,” explains DBR. Since he and Vytal have been on tour with the show, Sonata for Violin and Turntables has received critical praise. The Boston Globe said, “Both performers brought a combination of unabashed earnestness and quicksilver musical wit.” The Washington Post raved, “The music was involving, tonal, and eminently accessible, steeped in the wash-rinse-repeat cycle of minimalism but sexed up considerably with hip-hop rhythms, jazz riffs, and imaginative collaboration.”
Half Musician, Half Amazing: While continuing to tour worldwide, DBR currently serves as visiting associate professor of composition at his alma mater, Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. He completed his master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer William Bolcom.
For more information on DBR and his musical revolution, visit www.dbrmusic.com.