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Daniel Bernard Roumain has probably always been a little strange. It is easy to imagine the violinist and composer as a child—running off to music lessons after school with the same excitement that his peers showed for monkey bars and swing sets. When frazzled music teachers instructed kids about cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the class clown made a joke about “yo mama,” Roumain was likely the only kid who didn’t laugh. If he was indeed the intense kid that most musical greats once were, the joke is now on everyone else. “DBR,” as he calls himself, was performing with Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, and even 2 Live Crew before he was out of his teens. And the music created by the Haitian-born, Harlem-residing performer and teacher draws from all of those early collaborations—he traverses the worlds of classical, blues, hiphop, funk, and pop without ever missing a beat. As a result, he’s been called “a combination of Mozart, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Prince.” It’s hard to nail down a musical classification for the man who, with flailing dreadlocks and black fingernails, plays violin, guitar, piano, flute, and bass, and raps about the African-American experience. On the opening track of his album, I, Composer, pianist Wynne Bennett provides a neat summation of her friend and his Lenny Kravitz-meets-Itzhak Perlman persona. “When I first met him, I didn’t understand him,” she says. “And then I heard his music—and I understood him even less.” Figure him out for yourself when he plays with violinist Anthea Kreston and Bennett at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 6, at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. $25. (202) 467-4600. (Sarah Godfrey)