Hop@Home: Black Violin
Public Talk
Who We Are with DBR

Black Violin

In Conversation with Daniel Bernard Roumain
July 01, 2020

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Hop@Home season. This is an archived view.

Join Black artists-activists for their insights on this critical moment of pandemic and protest along with original collaborative performances.

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Episode 1: Black Violin

Kevin Sylvester (violin) and Wilner Baptiste (viola) — known as Kev Marcus and Wil B — joined forces to create the American hip-hop duo Black Violin. After meeting on their first day of high school orchestra class, they decided to break the classical music mold, blending their classical training with hip-hop as well as pop and rock genres. Black Violin defies stereotypes about classical music and, like its music's hybrid nature, brings people together. Kev Marcus and Wil B also started The Black Violin Foundation, a nonprofit that helps teen musicians shatter their own stereotypes and inspires them to pursue careers in the arts.

Learn more about this dynamic duo in their interview with WBUR, Boston's NPR News Station. And check out the music video for their empowering song "Dreamers."

About "Who We Are with DBR"

Hosted by violinist, composer and Roth Distinguished Visiting Scholar Daniel Bernard Roumain, this compelling series features multidisciplinary Black artist-activists who have broken stereotypes and made history. Guest artists will discuss their experiences and the evolution of their work during this convergence of global health and social crises. Inspired by their conversation, Daniel and guests will create and share short performances together. Audience members are encouraged to submit their questions in the live chat.

About Daniel Bernard Roumain

Daniel is known for his signature violin sounds infused with electronic, urban and African-American music influences. He has composed chamber, orchestral and operatic works and created large scale musical events for public spaces. He is also an Emmy winner for Outstanding Musical Composition for his collaborations with ESPN. Daniel is one of the creators and performers of The Just and the Blind about the realities of incarcerated youth and their families, which performed at the Hop in January 2020. 

Find out more about DBR's work.

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