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March 28, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab




Black Violin’s ‘signature sound’ visits SRU


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s University Program Board will bring the musical talents of Black Violin to campus for a 7 p.m., April 2, concert in the University Union.

“To most people, jazz, hip-hop, funk and classical are musical genres,” said Marcie Johnson, UPB, “But to revolutionary music group Black Violin, they're nothing but ingredients.” The concert is free.

The group combines a daunting array of musical styles and influences to produce a signature sound that is not quite maestro, not quite emcee. This group of two classically trained violinists and their DJ is redefining the music world-one string at a time.

With influences ranging from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z, Black Violin breaks all the rules, blending the classical with the modern to create something rare ­– a sound that nobody has ever heard, but that everybody wants to feel, Johnson said.

Kev and Wil, as they are known were concerned that urban youth will not have the benefit of music as a positive alternative to other, more destructive pursuits. With this in mind, they embarked on a campaign of social change – using youth orchestras and reinvigorated music programs to show children and teens they are capable of expressing themselves in ways they have never dreamed.

In an age where music is coming to be more and more defined by the labels given to it, Black Violin shows music does not exist within a box, but rather exists in another space­ ­– one as open and unrestrained as the minds that produce it.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.