BLACK VIOLIN is the blend of Classical, Hip-Hop, Rock, R&B, and Bluegrass music. Live, they are accompanied by their incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes. Named one of the hottest bands at SXSW in 2013, BLACK VIOLIN was invited to perform at Bonnaroo and returned to SXSW this year to standing-room only crowds.
Since starting BLACK VIOLIN a decade ago, Wil Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester have performed an average of 200 shows each year in 49 states and 36 countries, as far away as Dubai, Prague and South Africa, while appearing at official NFL celebrations for three Super Bowls and last year’s U.S. Open with Jordin Sparks. Their groundbreaking collaboration has seen them play their music for everybody from the troops in Iraq to the official President’s Inaugural Ball and the Kids’ Inaugural in Washington, D.C.
Individually and together, BLACK VIOLIN has collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, and The Eagles.