Best For Grades 3-12
BLACK VIOLIN is 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, often described as “classical boom,” to overcome stereotypes and encourage people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers.
BLACK VIOLIN is currently writing and recording their next studio album expected to be released late 2019. Their last record, Stereotypes, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and #4 on the Billboard R&B Chart. NPR praised the album and band, saying “their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation.” Some of their creative collaborations include Kanye West, Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean, Lil Wayne, and Alicia Keys.
The group advocates for educational outreach and in the past 12 months have performed for over 100,000 students in the U.S. and Europe. BLACK VIOLIN: IMPOSSIBLE TOUR will spread the message that anything is possible and there are no limits to what one can achieve, regardless of circumstance.
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English/Language Art, Social Studies, Arts
Academic Standards Met:
English Language Arts: RL.3.5; RL.4.5; RL.5.2; RL.5.5; RL.5.7; RL.6.2; RL.7.2; RL.8.2; RL.8.3; RL.8.5; RL.11-12.3
Social Studies: Heritage
Arts: 3CE; 8CE; 7CE; 1RE; 1RE; 2RE