BLACK VIOLIN: Impossible Tour 

Black Violin is lead 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 to overcome stereotypes while encouraging people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers. In the past year alone, the band has performed for over 100,000 students in the US and Europe, and has partnered with Yamaha and NAMM (National Association of Music Manufactures) to continue supporting music education. 

Black Violin has recently joined with Turnaround Arts, alongside artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Elton John to bring arts education to struggling schools in underserved communities. Turnaround Arts is a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts founded by President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

The group has collaborated creatively with artists such as Kanye West, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys.  In addition, Black Violin has composed for a major FOX Television original Pitch  and has been featured by ESPN as the official artist of the 2017 US Open (tennis) and 2016 & 2017 Heisman Trophy Award ceremonies. They have been featured on The Tonight Show, Ellen, The Wendy William’s Show, NPR, and more. 

Their current release, Take the Stairs (Nov 2019), has already charted on multiple Billboard genres in it’s first week:
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#1 Classical/Crossover
#7 Top New Artists
#9 Hip Hop and R&B
#24 Record Label Independent Current Albums
#31 Record Label SMEI Albums (Sony Distributed Titles)
#36 Current Digital Albums
#39 Digital Albums
#76 Top Current Albums
#100 Billboard Overall Chart

Read more about the project in this detailed Billboard interview: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8541594/black-violin-take-the-stairs

WATCH: “Showoff,”

Listen: Black Violin on NPR’s Here & Now on November 22nd

Black Violin on NPR MORNING EDITION (4:45 min)

Management:

General Assembly Jerrod Wilkins jerrod@general-assembly.co Tel: (843) 937-8110

Logistics/Tour Advance/Production:

Evan LeSure   (206)-375-8962 Maestro172@gmail.com

Merch:

Alex Cruz  blackviolinlive@gmail.com

Publicity:

Tyana M. Woodard, General Assembly  843/937-8110  tyana@general-assembly.co 

Tour Poster download:

Riders & Stage Plots:

Black Violin/Tech & Hospitality Rider/Stage Plot (118 downloads) Black Violin-Symphony Rider (134 downloads)

 

Study Guide

Black Violin Study Guide (724 downloads)

Comments from Teachers

High Resolution Photos:

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