Classically trained musicians, they have opened for such diverse top names in music as Kanye West, 50 Cent, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and also creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Linkin Park, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys, the latter for the Billboard Music Awards. . Every time we step on stage, we had to prove it over and over. Lauderdale, and played together in the orchestra at the Dillard High School of the Performing Arts. We started really rooting our music with the message of breaking stereotypes. The pair created a distinctive, peerless sound.
The message of Stereotypes comes into fruition halfway through. Walk On By 03:38 8. With Stereotypes, Black Violin set out to achieve something more than just selling some records or gaining notoriety as a curiosity. Classically trained by day, they faithfully put on their headphones and listened to the hottest rap records each night. Not just be crazy and different, but really step it up and be bad-ass violinists.
Black Violin is joined by the aforementioned guests, plus Black Thought of The Roots , drummer Daru Jones Jack White , guitarist Eric Krasno Soulive and string arranger Rob Moose Bon Iver. Individually and together, Wil and Kev have worked with everyone from Kanye West to Tom Petty, Lupe Fiasco to Aerosmith. Though they have been playing together since high school, with Stereotypes, they take a great leap forward, from admirable rarities to significant innovators. Magic 03:01 Personnel: Kev Marcus, violin Wil Baptiste, viola Download:. Two years after sending in a tape to Showtime at the Apollo, they were invited to appear on the show —which they won, and kept winning.
Stay Clear, features rising star Kandace Springs alongside keyboard mastermind Robert Glasper. This time, we tried to keep our core message, but with more gravitas, more seriousness. Wil Baptiste viola and Kev Marcus violin are a string duo from Florida with equal footing in the worlds of classical music and hip-hop. Phrases overlap, offering definitions of a word while a beat snaps and propulsive strings bite and race up and down a scale. A lot of them speak to racial strife today, in ways that are timely and timeless. Runnin finds Wil and Kev flexing their virtuosic muscles — a flurry of notes both dexterous and emotive. Even the three covers included on Stereotypes are purposeful, mapping out the possibilities of strings in contemporary music.
They went to different colleges— Marcus attended Florida International University and Wil B went to Florida State—but then reconvened, moved into an apartment together, and started trying to produce other musicians. Send Me A Sign 04:10 7. All the while, Black Violin continued touring non-stop playing as many as 200 shows a year and released two independent, self-financed albums. . . .
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