KHTS was joined by Wil B. of hip-hop duo Black Violin, consisting of B., violist, and Kev Marcus, violinist. Together, the two have released five studio albums and earned a Grammy nomination for their 2019 album, “Take the stairs.”
Black Violin was formed when the classically trained duo, whose real names are Wilner Baptist and Kevin Sylvester, first met in high school and quickly pursued their dreams of becoming music producers to launch themselves into success. through a fusion of hip-hop and classical music. .
“We were very influenced by hip-hop producers at the time…Timbaland, The Neptunes…and that’s what we wanted to do. We wanted to incorporate something that we knew, which is classical music, in a way that no one has ever done,” Baptiste said.
Although the tour was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the break allowed the two to focus more on family.
“It’s great to be back on the road, so great to be back on stage and reconnecting with people and communities. It was really tough, you know because our tour – we started in 2019 and we ended in February, and we had to…stop everything,” Baptiste said. “For me, and for us, we kind of try to enjoy it as much as we can…just be home with your family and your children. It was great to be able to do that.
Black Violin has also placed more emphasis on providing virtual workshops for young people interested in music, providing guidance and mentorship to budding musicians.
“We’ve connected with a lot of kids online, just talking to them about their lives, keeping hope alive, just talking to them about their lives, because a lot of kids are really depressed because they couldn’t really interact with anyone,” Baptiste said.
Black Violin Foundation Inc is an organization dedicated to empowering young people by working with them in their communities to give them access to quality music programs that encourage creativity and innovation.
“The idea of our foundation is to bridge the gap, so to speak. We’ve had a lot of people in our lives who have been very supportive of us, helping us get to that next place, whether it’s helping us with an instrument, helping us get on a train to that music camp we were supposed to go,’ said Baptiste. “We’ve always had people who were there for us, and we want to be able to do that for other kids, and other kids who are trying to get to college, who need that instrument or that flight. to audition for college. .”
To learn more about the Black Violin Foundation, register or donate, visit the website.
Black Violin is scheduled to perform at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons on Wednesday, March 23. To buy tickets, click here.
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