It’s one thing to say that Black Violin wants to bust stereotypes with their music and careers. After all, they’re two African-American men playing violin to hip hop in a field that is overwhelmingly lacking in black musicians. But to merely state that is an academic sort of assessment, dry and matter-of-fact. It’s quite another to see them do it live onstage, where you get to see just how impactful their unique blend of hip-hop and classical music can be.
Yes, the group is making classical music interesting to another generation. And yeah, it’s great that they’re completely loosening up the shirt collars of classical music purists. But at the end of the day, it’s just an exhilarating show. That’s what we’re all here for.
Watch the subject of our latest Uncharted episode bring their interesting blend down to Miami, where the duo rocked out at the Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in a homecoming show.
The song? Well, fittingly enough, it’s called “Stereotypes.” Maybe they can change a few more minds with their signature sounds.
For more inspiring, interesting or just plain awesome stories of musicians doing things a little differently, take a look back at our Uncharted series.