If you like a unique twist to a string concert, one of the most unusual string formations is the duo Black Violin. Two African American men play the string instruments, one on violin and the other on a viola, and they add their own flair to classical music. The two break the stereotypes of what string instruments and string concerts are all about.
Black Violin is a string duo that has been surprising audiences for over a decade now. Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste studied in the same school in Florida. Sylvester was forced into music classes by his mother in the fifth grade but eventually learned to love the violin he played. Baptiste wanted to be a saxophone player, but a turn of events ended him in a string class where he took up the viola that nobody else wanted to play. Before being trained in classical music, both boys loved hip-hop. The two met at a Fort Lauderdale high school orchestra class where they got introduced to the world of classical music. The two artists have combined the world of classical music and hip-hop into their performances. Audiences that love one of the different types of music come to Black Violin concerts and get to love the other as well. Artistically, the two go by the names Kev Marcus and Wil B. The two got exposure to the public in 2004 when they appeared with Alicia Keys at the Billboard Awards. They won The Showtime at the Apollo in 2005.
Where can I get Black Violin tickets?
If you are interested in this unusual and dynamic duo, you can get your Black Violin tickets for all of their performances at StubHub, one of the biggest ticket marketplaces on the internet. With StubHub, your purchases are secure, and you can easily access the concerts and venues of your choice.
What is the Black Violin discography?
If you want to hear more of the Black Violin, you can look for the four albums they have released. These are the Black Violin in 2008, Classically Trained in 2012, Stereotypes in 2015 and the 2019 Take the Stairs album.
Are there upcoming Black Violin performances near me?
At StubHub, you can find tickets for the duo's most recent and future performances. There are several performances scheduled for Black Violin concerts throughout the US, including in Oklahoma City, Saint Louis, Denver and Salt Lake City.
What can I expect from a Black Violin concert?
The concert by the duo is nothing like a classical orchestra concert. There are lots of lights that make the venue resemble more of a rock concert than a classical one. The show is made to remind audiences of a party. In the performance, you can hear a blend of classical music and hip-hop music. The two come together in each piece created by the duo. The set list includes songs from popular culture and meshes them up with elements from the musicians' classical upbringing. The two, together with DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes, also improvise a completely new song for the audiences on the spot. The combination of the music seems so organic that it is hard to believe the improvisation is done on the spot.
What are some of the songs that Black Violin performs?
Besides including multiple musical elements from composers like Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, the duo will improvise and build on popular culture songs including Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud," "I Took a Pill In Ibiza," Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" and original Black Violin songs like "The Mission."Back to Top
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