Wil Baptiste and Kev Marcus use their unique style of classical, hip-hop, rock and pop to create a high energy sound that is enjoyed by fans of all ages and backgrounds. Backed on stage by drummer Nat Stokes and DJ SPS, Black Violin delivers an entertaining yet powerful show that encourages people of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to overcome barriers and find what brings us together.
Wil and Kev are classically trained string musicians who have been performing and creating music together since high school. The duo has opened for or collaborated with artists such as Kanye West, 50 Cent, Aerosmith, Alicia Keys, Lincoln Park, Wu-Tang Clan, and more. Black Violin has also been the featured artist for multiple ESPN and NFL hosted events, composed the score for a FOX television series in 2016, and made a cameo appearance on HBO’s Ballers in 2016. The band places heavy emphasis on music education and student outreach, performing for over 100,000 students in the past 12 months.
"Their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation." - NPR