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Black Violin Ready to Serve Special Strings Stew at Hatfield Hall with Local Youth Orchestra
March 5, 2012
To most people, jazz, hip-hop, funk and classical are musical
genres. But to the revolutionary music group Black Violin,
they're nothing but ingredients.
(with a special performance by the Crossroads of America
Sunday, March 11 -
Hatfield Hall Theater
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, IN
Tickets: $15 for
adults and $10 for youths and college students; Call
812-877-8544 or visit the Hatfield Hall ticket office
from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays,
after March 5.
For more information contact www.hatfieldhall.com.
Combining a daunting array of musical styles and influences to
produce a signature sound that is not quite maestro, not quite
emcee, this group of two classically trained violinists and their
DJ is redefining the music world -- one string at a time.
With influences ranging from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and
Jay-Z, Black Violin breaks all the rules, blending the classical
with the modern to create a rare sound that nobody has ever heard,
but that everybody wants to feel.
Black Violin will bring its unusual show and sounds to
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Hatfield Hall Theater on
March 11 at 7 p.m. This special Family Discovery Series
concert will also feature a performance by Terre Haute's Crossroads
of America Youth Orchestra. Tickets are $15 for adults and
$10 for youths/students. Tickets are available by calling
(812) 877-8544 or visiting the Hatfield Hall ticket office from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, after
When the members of Black Violin first learned to play their
signature instruments -- Wil B, the viola, at 14 years old and Kev
Marcus, the violin, at the tender age of nine -- neither could have
foreseen that it would become their livelihood, though it was
already becoming their passion. The two Florida natives first
met while attending the Dillard High School of Performing Arts in
Fort Lauderdale, a school whose exceptional music programs served
to nurture their already budding talents.
However, it wasn't until the two were exposed to the work of
legendary violinist Stuff Smith that the seeds that would become
Black Violin were planted. Smith was one of preeminent jazz
violinists of the swing era. His final album and most
soulful, titled "Black Violin," so inspired and influenced Kev and
Wil that they would eventually name their band in Smith's
After graduating from high school, Wil and Kev were granted
music scholarships to college, Florida State and Florida
International University respectively. At FIU, Kev
encountered the group's future manager, Sam G, with whom he and Wil
soon formed a production company: DKNEX. Now they had a
platform for their dream, and the talent and inspiration to back it
Black Violin had been born.
The group wasted little time in making a name for itself,
starting with the rigorous touring that would become its'
trademark. In 2004, Black Violin joined superstar Alicia Keys
on stage at the Billboard Music Awards, delivering a performance
that made music enthusiasts take notice. Not long after, in
2005, the group was awarded the coveted title of Apollo Legend by
the esteemed Apollo Theatre in Harlem. This confirmed what
many were beginning to suspect -- Black Violin was on its way to
the top. Today, Wil and Kev regularly open for hip hop
mainstays like Fat Joe, Akon, and the Wu-Tang Clan in locations as
diverse as Prague, Dubai and South Africa.
Beyond all the glitz and glamour, the members of Black Violin
want to share their love of music with children. With school
music programs being cut throughout the country, the duo is
concerned that youth will not have the benefit of music as a
positive alternative to other, more destructive pursuits.
With this in mind, they have embarked upon a campaign of social
change -- sharing the stage with youth orchestras, like Terre
Haute's Crossroads of America Youth Orchestra (CAYO)-- to show
children and teens that they are capable of expressing themselves
in ways they have never dreamed.
CAYO was formed in 1961 by the Terre Haute City Council to
provide youth in grades 6-12 the opportunity to perform classical
music in an orchestra setting. The orchestra is currently
under the direction of Indiana State University Director of Bands
In an age where music is coming to be more and more defined by
the labels given to it, Black Violin shows that music does not
exist within a box, but rather exists in a space as open and
unrestrained as the minds that produce it.