Escondido, California — :

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido is excited to bring back Black Violin: Classical Boom Tour on February 22nd! Black Violin is an American hip-hop duo from Florida comprising two classically-trained string instrumentalists, Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste, who go by the stage names Kev Marcus and Wil B, respectively.

Black Violin upends cultural and musical stereotypes …an unexpected blend of classically trained musicianship and hip-hop beats and inventiveness.” -The Miami Herald

A truly unique and incredible experience, Black Violin, has been wowing audiences with their artistry, musicianship and completely original sound since they formed in 2004.

The two members of Black Violin first started playing together in High School; Kev on the violin and Wil on the viola. After High School, the two parted ways to earn musical degrees in college but quickly regrouped and began the journey that would become Black Violin.

Since their first self-titled release in 2008, Black Violin not only created a new genre of music known as “Classical Hip-Hop”, but they also bridged an enormous gap between fans of both styles. As producers and writers, the duo has worked with Kanye West, Aerosmith, Wu-Tang Clan, and the late Tom Petty.

Their live shows are nothing short of exhilarating. With the entire goal of bringing people together and sharing in the inspiration that only music can provide, Black Violin aims to give you an experience like no other!

As Kev Marcus puts it, “Hip-hop and classical, in a lot of ways, are both party music for different genres.” So, come join the party!



About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido 

A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Center’s creation was sparked by a civic vision—one that recognized the vital role that the arts play in strengthening and uniting the community. Our commitment to enriching lives and improving access to the arts, especially for low-income individuals and families, is exemplified through our extensive educational programming and robust series of free community events. The Center is guided by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and passionate staff who are dedicated to furthering arts education and access, and to creating programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.

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