Genre-shattering fusion of classical music and hip-hop
Sunday, October 13, 7:00 pm
Dibden Center for the Arts
Northern Vermont University - Johnson
337 College Hill Road
Tickets: $48.50, $38.50, $28.50
Ticket prices do not include any applicable fees or sales taxes.
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“Unforgettable” – DC Metro
“Gorgeous.” – Old School New School Music
This exciting and popular musical sensation, Black Violin is an American hip-hop duo comprising two classically trained string instrumentalists, Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste, who go by the stage names Kev Marcus (violin) and Wil B. (viola). They met in high school (Dillard School of Performing Arts), went to different colleges, then reconvened to create Black Violin. They play a variety of music (relying heavily upon classical music), but are often categorized as hip-hop because of the changes to the rhythm and beats. This mingling of hip-hop and classical sensibilities gives them their distinctive style.
Will B says, “Our mantra has always been to engage the audience to look at things from a different perspective...At first, we leaned on the fact that we were different —more than on our technique. We wanted you to be confused. This time, we tried to keep our core message, but with more gravitas: more seriousness. Not just be crazy and different, but really step it up and be badass violinists.”
Black Violin accompanied Alicia Keys at the 2004 Billboard Awards and they have collaborated with Kanye West, Tom Petty, Lupe Fiasco, Aerosmith and others. They played at the Kids Inaugural Concert for President Obama, attended by First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha.
Every ticket for this show includes a digital download Black Violin’s forthcoming album. You will receive an email with more details about this offer approximately 7 days after your purchase. US/Canadian residents only.