Black Violin Leads A Master Class for CU Musicians
September 20, 2012
Photo by Alan Beecham II, Cheyney University student/Imagen De El Photography owner
The Black Violin concert in Marian Anderson Music Center on September 18 evening nearly filled the Marian Anderson Music Center. Just as notable, however, was the clinic conducted by Black Violin violist Wil B and violinist Kev Marcus earlier in the afternoon in the Cheyney University band room. They shared their experiences as music producers and the story surrounding their first major performance as an opening act for Alicia Keys.
CU band students, Calib Tacuri, Kenyattah Herriot, Allen Beechum, and Nafdia Yateshe, engaged with the pros throughout the whole clinic which culminated in an impromptu free-style improvisatory performance with the students. It was an inspirational experience, especially for music majors Keith Cherry and Shani Brown.
CU Band Director, Alan Gardner, noted, "As a music educator, I found Black Violin’s insights on the quality of the music in the hip hop world and their infusion of music technology into their performance notable. Their use of synthesized and acoustic violins was innovative. Bravo to Black Violin for raising the bar musically in the Hip Hop World!
Thank you Dr. Sebronette Barnes-Aborom for coordinating such a wonderful experience for the music students as well as for the university at large."