With influences ranging from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z, stereotype-smashing Black Violin breaks the rules, blending classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass to create a sound they call “classical boom.”
Black Violin is an American hip hop duo from Fort Lauderdale, composed of classically trained violist and violinist Wil B. and Kev Marcus who combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound.
They’ve shared stages with top names including Kayne West and Aerosmith and have collaborated with Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys, among others.
Recently they performed virtually for students at Oak Ridge Elementary School as part of Opening Nights at Florida State University’s ON in Class educational offerings, sponsored by Centennial Bank.
In this time of COVID, all educators are struggling to keep kids safe while providing them with enriching experiences to supplement their classroom work. Field trips to concert halls and auditoriums are off the table for now, but many are turning to the virtual world including Black Violin. They place a heavy emphasis on educational outreach, and they’ve recently entered the student virtual space with an all-new, high-energy performance.
Recorded at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, this engaging, high-definition multi-camera video covers themes of perseverance, exploration, and unity with songs.
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