Black Violin isn’t an ordinary group of musicians, and they don’t pay attention to the divides between music genres. Some might think that two classically-trained violinists would focus their careers on performing in quartets, but instead, along with turntable whiz DJ SPS, Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste formed a groundbreaking group with a signature sound that is totally unique. Black Violin fuses classical technique with hip-hop, rock, bluegrass, and R&B — resulting in a contemporary sound that gives a nod to their classical roots.
For more than 10 years, Black Violin has used its music to empower people of all ages, ethnic groups, and socioeconomic backgrounds. They’ve managed this wide appeal by playing with artists like Alicia Keys, Wu-Tang Clan, and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, while also performing at events like the Presidential Inauguration Ball for Barack Obama.
Their latest album, Stereotypes, takes this reach to a whole new level. “Our mantra has always been to engage the audience to look at things from a different perspective,” says Marcus. “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 will bring its boundary-breaking music to the Lincoln Center on September 30. Tickets start at $15. More info at LCtix.com/Black-Violin.