You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Black Violin fuses classical and hip-hop

“It’s all about bringing two worlds together.”


Classical music and hip-hop – two entirely different music genres and two entirely different audiences.

Or are they?

Not when Black Violin is onstage. The duo of viola player Wil B. and violinist Kev Marcus are out to change perceptions through the power of music.

“It’s all about bringing two worlds together,” Marcus said.

Black Violin is known for pulling audiences of different kinds together on its Unity tour and will do so when it plays the Clark State Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1, a Tuesday.

When Black Violin fuses the two genres, it does so in a way it’s relatable, Marcus said. He saw evidence at a recent show with an older lady shutting her eyes and taking in the music, while a young man roughly 15 was nodding his head.

The secret is getting the right ingredients, Marcus said.

“We’re not too much classical or hip-hop. We have lush, beautiful strings and put it in a way young kids can relate to. It’s the same song that two different people can interpret differently.”

A testament to its range, the duo has opened for famous rappers from Kanye West and 50 Cent to classic rockers Tom Petty and Aerosmith. And Marcus said the audience reception is the same positive response.

“When you come to our show you’ll see young, old, white, black, purple, green,” Marcus said. “We’re so much stronger together. Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

He discussed a recent incident that happened in a New York hotel. A fitness enthusiast, Marcus was lifting heavy weights in the fitness center as several people went in and out.

Relaxing afterward in the hot tub, a lady asked Marcus if he was a football player. He confessed he was a violinist and the lady was intrigued enough she attended the show.

“My favorite thing is the chance to change perceptions,” Marcus said. “There’s so much of a divide, we’re trying to do our part. Every single show there are moments when the audience dances. We give enough classical and enough hip-hop moments.”

Aside from constant touring — the Springfield show will be more than 100 on the current leg — Black Violin has stretched into other areas.

The duo did the theme song and is scoring episodes of the new Fox baseball series “Pitch.” It was also the house band for college football’s Heisman Trophy Award selection show, the first time that’s happened, and played for President Obama and the troops in Iraq.

“All walks of life can enjoy what we do. I just wish I could see it from an audience perspective sometime. We look forward to sharing that in Springfield,” Marcus said.

Contact this contributing writer at bturner004@woh.rr.com.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Springfield Entertainment

Bill O’Reilly payout could top $25 million as anchor announces new podcast
Bill O’Reilly payout could top $25 million as anchor announces new podcast

Ousted Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly isn’t taking his termination for sexual harassment allegations lying down. After three weeks off the air and less than a week after Fox let him go, O’Reilly is returning Monday evening with a new podcast, according to his website BillO’Reilly.com.  A banner across the top of the site...
'Happy Days' stars share condolences after Erin Moran's death
'Happy Days' stars share condolences after Erin Moran's death

Ron Howard, Henry Winkler and other stars from the cast of "Happy Days" are sharing their condolences in the wake of Erin Moran's Death. Moran portrayed Joanie Cunningham, Howard's sister on the show. She was found dead Saturday night. “Such sad sad news. RIP Erin. I’ll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better...
‘Happy Days’ actress Erin Moran dead at 56
‘Happy Days’ actress Erin Moran dead at 56

Erin Moran, best known to TV audiences as Joanie Cunningham in “Happy Days” and its spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi,” was found dead Saturday. She was 56. Moran played the younger sister of Richie Cunningham for the show’s 11-season run. She reprised the role in the spinoff, which only lasted a season. After the show was...
National Record Store day celebrates vinyl
National Record Store day celebrates vinyl

The plop of the record drop, the scratch of the needle finding its groove - those are just some of the memories that come to mind when you talk about record albums. >> Read more trending news   Record Store Day started as a grassroots celebration of vinyl albums by independent record store owners in 2007, with the first Record Store...
THE BOOK NOOK: A cookbook that can teach us how to cook
THE BOOK NOOK: A cookbook that can teach us how to cook

“Salt Fat Acid Heat — Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking” by Samin Nosrat (Simon and Schuster, 462 pages, $35). Hundreds of cookbooks are published each year. Some are good. Others are e,xceptional. A few are essential. Samin Nosrat just published “Salt Fat Acid Heat — Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking”...
More Stories