February 14, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The duo of Wil B Baptiste (viola) and Kevin Kev Marcus Sylvester (violin) fuse hip-hop and pop with their classical musical training to create their own unique sound known as “classical boom.” Joining them onstage are DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes. The band uses their unique blend of classical and hip-hop music to overcome stereotypes while encouraging people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers.
Their album, Stereotypes, hit #1 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover chart and #4 on Billboard’s R&B Chart.
Black Violin’s latest studio album, Take the Stairs (released on November 1) includes the singles “Showoff,” “One Step,” and “Impossible is Possible.”
Black Violin is well-known for their creative collaborations with Kanye West, Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean, Lil Wayne and Alicia Keys.
In the past 12 months, the band has performed for over 100,000 students in the US and Europe, and has partnered with Yamaha and NAMM (National Association of Music Manufactures) to continue supporting music education.
Black Violin, along side artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Elton John, recently joined with Turnaround Arts to bring arts education to struggling schools in underserved communities. Turnaround Arts is a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts founded by President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in 2012.
In addition, Black Violin has composed for a major FOX Television original Pitch, and has been featured by ESPN as the official artist of the 2017 US Open (tennis) and 2016 & 2017 Heisman Trophy Award ceremonies. They have been featured on The Tonight Show, Ellen, The Wendy William’s Show, NPR, and more.
Learn more about Black Violin at Official Black Violin