Black Violin, violin

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Black Violin partnered with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra to perform a mashup of Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” with Mozart’s “Symphony #40”! View performance here.

Black Violin is going on tour until May 2018. View article here.


Meet Black Violin

Guest Artists Black Violin performed February 14th, 2018 on Show 350 in San Antonio, Texas.

Will B. and Kev Marcus, Black Violin, met while attending the famed Dillard High School of the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where they were trained in the classical tradition. During their class and practice time, they developed firm classic techniques, and in free time listened to hip-hop and rhythm and blues. The duo pairs classical music with hip hop, defying stereotypes, and inviting musicians to engage in an extraordinary musical exploration. Inspired by jazz violinist Stuff Smith’s 1965 album Black Violin, the duo chose their group name. Black Violin plays over 200 shows a year worldwide and places heavy emphasis on educational outreach, performing for more than 100,000 students in North America and Europe in the past 12 months.

Listen to Black Violin

Show 350, San Antonio
“Shaker”, based on variations of "Simple Gifts" by Joseph Brackett Jr., arranged for Black Violin by Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste and “Brandenburg" (based on I. Allegro from Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach), arranged by Wilner Baptiste and Kevin M. Sylvester