@ the Musco Black Violin Live Q&A with Founding Artists and Streamed Performance. "an unexpected blend of classically trained musicianship and hip-hop beats and inventiveness." - The Miami Herald. Wednesday May 12, 6 p.m. Online. Chapman University College of Performing Arts. Two black men with violins leaning against a building.

Musco Center Presents:
Black Violin: Live Q&A and Performance

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. PDT

Classically trained Floridians Wil B (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin) have been busting genres and fusing musical traditions together since their high school orchestra days.  Through the combination of string arrangements and hip-hop artistry, Black Violin challenges conventions and expectations through their distinctive multi-genre sound called “classical boom.” 

The Grammy®-nominated duo’s live question and answer session and streamed concert will break through stereotypes and bring people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds together. 

More about Black Violin

Black Violin is the Grammy®-nominated band led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin). 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. In the past year alone, the band has performed for over 100,000 students in the U.S. and Europe, and has partnered with Yamaha and NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) to continue supporting music education. 

Black Violin has recently joined with Turnaround Arts, alongside artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Elton John 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.

The group has collaborated creatively with artists such as Kanye West, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys.  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 U.S. Open (tennis) and 2016 & 2017 Heisman Trophy Award ceremonies. They have been featured on The Tonight Show, Ellen, The Wendy Williams Show, NPR, and more.

Artist, date, time, and program subject to change.



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