Black Violin is the blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Live, they are accompanied by their incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer. In the past year they have performed for more than 100,000 students.

Black Violin works hard, but makes it all look like play… Sometimes they play with the intense seriousness of orchestral soloists; at others they fiddle as if at a hoedown; at still others they strum the violin and viola like guitars.” New York Times

Since starting Black Violin a little over a decade ago Wil Baptiste and  Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester have performed an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and 36 countries as far away as Dubai, Prague and South Africa, while appearing at official NFL celebrations for three Super Bowls and the U.S. Open with Jordin Sparks.  Their groundbreaking collaborations have seen them play their music for U.S. the troops in Iraq to both the official President’s Inaugural Ball and the Kids Inaugural in Washington, DC, where Barack Obama himself gave each a hearty hand-shake.  Individually and together, Black Violin collaborates with the likes of super stars including P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin and The Eagles. In 2018 they performed two sold out shows at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra.

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


General Assembly Jerrod Wilkins Tel: (843) 937-8110

Logistics/Tour Advance/Production:

Evan LeSure   (206)-375-8962


Alex Cruz


Cadyn Scott/ General Assembly:  843/937-8110

Tour Poster download: click here

Riders & Stage Plots:

Black Violin/Tech & Hospitality Rider/Stage Plot (23 downloads)

Black Violin-Symphony Rider (57 downloads)


Study Guide

Black Violin Study Guide (629 downloads)

Comments from Teachers

High Resolution Photos:

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