Black Violin brings its unique mix of classical violin and hip hop beats to Music City for a one-night-only performance at historic War Memorial Auditorium on May 9, 2019.
Tickets go on sale on Nov. 28, at 10 a.m. at WMArocks.com, by phone at 615-782-4030, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.
Black Violin is composed of classically trained violist and violinist Wil B. and Kev Marcus, 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 is writing and recording their next studio album with a track and music video to be released later this summer. The band’s most recent 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.”
Earlier in the year, Black Violin was announced as the Turnaround Artist for Mary B. Bethune Elementary School in their hometown in Broward County, Florida. Turnaround Arts, a national education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, infuses arts into struggling schools to support overall reform efforts. Founded by President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in 2012, the program partners schools with music instrument grants, arts supplies, professional development and musicals, and it pairs each school with an artist to provide mentorship, inspiration and support for the school’s journey in the program. Turnaround Artists include Elton John, Edward Norton and Yo-Yo Ma among other highly acclaimed members of the arts community.
Black Violin has shared stages with top names including Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and the duo has collaborated with Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys. Also, they composed music for the television series “Pitch,” which debuted on FOX in 2016, in addition to appearances on HBO’s “Ballers,” “The Tonight Show,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” “The Kate TV” and “The Ellen Show.”
In addition, Black Violin has performed for more than 100,000 students in the past 12 months throughout North America and Europe. The band is endorsed by Yamaha Music and Bose and has partnered with the National Association for Music Manufacturers (NAMM) to continue their advocacy for accessible music education.
If You Go:
May 9, 2019
War Memorial Auditorium
301 6th Ave. North
Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. Historic War Memorial Auditorium is managed by the nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official places to buy tickets online shows at War Memorial Auditorium are TPAC.org and WMArocks.com.