The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) present the US premiere of DUO1804’sOrchestra for Life. Versed in hip hop, rock, electronic and classical music, “about as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (The New York Times), composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) and Afro-Electronica musician DJ Val-Inc, together known as DUO1804, create an immersive and interactive experience with the audience in the celebratory, exclamatory Orchestra for Life. Created together with a public of all ages, this concert-performance redefines the audience experience with electrifying energy, inviting kids and parents to move and sing along with the music. Orchestra for Life will be preceded by an interactive workshop at FIAF on the morning of April 2.
Fluency in French is not a requirement to enjoy this mostly non-verbal performance.
About Daniel Bernard Roumain
Daniel Bernard Roumain’s acclaimed work, as a composer and performer, spans more than two decades and has been commissioned by venerable artists and institutions worldwide. “About as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (The New York Times), Roumain is perhaps the only composer whose collaborations traverse the worlds of Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover, and Lady Gaga. Known for his signature violin sounds infused with myriad electronic and urban music influences, Roumain takes his genre-bending music beyond the proscenium. Roumain made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2000 with the American Composers Orchestra performing his Harlem Essay for Orchestra, a Whitaker commission. He went on to compose works for the Boston Pops Orchestra; Carnegie Hall; the Library of Congress; the Stuttgart Symphony, and many others.
About DJ Val-Inc
DJ Val-Inc (Val Jeanty) is a Haitian-born composer, percussionist, and turntablist, who uses technology to lead listeners into her dream-like expressionism of Afro-Creole and “Afro-Electronica®” compositions. Her works invite the world of the unseen as she incorporates her African Haitian musical traditions into the present and beyond, combining acoustics with electronics, and the archaic with the post-modern.
About Tilt Kids Festival
Tilt Kids Festival is a new month-long, citywide festival of the arts that talks up, not down, to children, sparking their imagination and encouraging their dreams. Philosophy and dance, circus and magic, design, music, and gastronomy come together in a series of forward-thinking and playful events curated for the audiences of today and tomorrow. The festival runs March 4 through April 3, 2016.
Tilt Kids Festival is presented by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and French Cultural Services with partners Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) The Invisible Dog Art Center, Museum of Food & Drink, The New Victory Theater, and the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The festival is co-curated by Lili Chopra and Violaine Huisman.www.tiltkidsfestival.org
About the Cultural Services of the French Embassy
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy promotes the best of French arts and education across the US and builds partnerships between artists, institutions and universities on both sides of the Atlantic. In New York, through its bookshop Albertine, it fosters French-American exchange around literature and the arts. www.frenchculture.org
The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is New York’s premiere French cultural and language center. FIAF’s mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression. www.fiaf.org
Special thanks to all our partners in New York and Paris who helped us make Tilt happen: Institut français, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Howard Gilman Foundation, FACE Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, Air France, and SACD (Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques).
With the support of the Permanent Representation of the International Organization of La Francophonie in the United Nations, in New York.