Black Violin plays for second bow on campus

Black Violin’s blend of classical and modern music proves students don’t have to compromise their love of hip-hop for their reverence of Beethoven.

Black Violin, whose inspirations range from Shostakovich and Bach to Nas and Jay-Z, is comprised of two violinist brothers and a DJ.

With their fusion of jazzy beats and classical violin, Black Violin will perform tonight in the campus center lobby at 9 p.m.

One track, “Unleashed II Melody,” samples Jay-Z’s “Show Me What You Got” with a frantic, Charlie Daniel’s fiddle-shred thrown in (a violin melody that melds into a love-thronged rendition of Justin Timberlake’s “My Love”); contemporary meets classical; pop meets hip hop.

“They are very unique in that they mix their classical training with stuff on the radio, like hip-hop,” said Katherine Bowser, ’12, vice president of Gator Activities Programming. “People get to dance and sing to the songs they know. They have some original stuff, and even their original songs have traces of Beethoven and Bach that people can recognize.”

Bowser said Allegheny’s current junior and senior class members requested that Black Violin return to campus after the group’s performance here two years ago.

“I haven’t seen the campus that active since DJ Rupture,” said Matthew Serra, ’11, referencing the reggae/hip-hop artist performance that GAP sponsored this past October.

According to the group’s official website, rigorous touring has become one of Black Violin’s trademarks.

The group has gained popularity through performances with artists like Alicia Keys, Kanye West and The Eagles.

Violinist Ian Colley, ’13, said he is impatiently awaiting the concert.

“I’m impressed that they can take their classical training and use it to make their music unique and exciting,” said Colley, who has watched videos of Black Violin’s live performances.

GAP expects that the concert will be very well-received. They are already anticipating over 250 students to attend.