‘Classical boom’ ready to hit the stage

Photo courtesy of the AT&T PAC

From Staff Reports

Two creative musicians are ready to change the way people think about music. Black Violin is composed of classically trained violist and violinist Wil B. and Kev Marcus (pictured at right), who combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom.” Black Violin will perform in Strauss Square on Friday, March 9 at 9:45 p.m.

The band released their major label debut Stereotypes (featuring Black Thought of The Roots and MC Pharoahe Monch) on Universal Music, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and No. 4 on the Billboard R&B Chart. Black Violin has shared stages with top names including Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and has creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys. Wil and Kev place heavy emphasis on educational outreach and have performed for more than 100,000 students in North America and Europe in the past 12 months including the featured musical act for the Blue Ribbon Festival at the Music Center in Los Angeles, CA where they performed for 19,000 fifth grade students throughout a three-day period. The band is endorsed by Yamaha Music, and has partnered with the National Association for Music Manufacturers to continue their advocacy for accessible music education. The venue is located at 2389 Flora Street in the Dallas Arts District. Visit attpac.org for more information.