- Courtesy of Black Violin
Since that pivotal moment, Black Violin has released three full-length albums (2008’s Black Violin, 2012’s Classically Trained and 2015’s Stereotypes), collaborated with Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Wu-Tang Clan and Wyclef Jean, performed for the Obamas at the Kids’ Inaugural Concert in 2013 and joined Turnaround Arts, a nonprofit initiative championing arts education in schools in underserved communities.
Often going beyond the core ingredients of classical and hip-hop to concoct what they’ve called “a melting pot of music,” the duo truly shines in a live setting, mixing up unexpected covers and original material with support from percussionist Nat Stokes and turntablist DJ SPS. Like rock concerts appropriate for kids, grandparents and everything in between, these live shows exemplify Black Violin’s mission to bring diverse audiences together and inspire people to look at things from new perspectives.
An excellent primer, the Black Violin YouTube channel chronicles both greatest hits (including the early favorite “A Flat” and the Black Lives Matter tribute “Stereotypes”) and oddities such as a “flip” on the Stranger Things theme song and a mashup of Mozart and Cardi B backed by the National Symphony Orchestra.