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As heard on Morning Line: Black Violin

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Wil Baptiste and Nat Stokes, of the musical group Black Violin, talk about hip-hop and learning classical music at an early age.

  “Music is the language that everyone can relate to and everybody can understand,” Baptiste said on marrying the two styles together. “We did it because we were a product of our environment, we were hip-hop before we were classical, so it was just very natural for us to put the two worlds together.” 

Black Violin performs at the Atwood Concert Hall on Nov. 1 and 2.

“You don't know what to expect at a Black Violin concert,” Baptiste said. “If you think you know what's going to happen, then you’re slightly mistaken. But that's the fun about it” 

The concerts are sponsored by the Alaska Junior Theatre.

“For us, we just started really exploring the idea of doing something with this instrument,” Baptiste said. “And honestly it was really trying to have fun because classical music can be very daunting -- you've got to do it this way, that way. We did it to explore and have fun.” 

Loren’s been on the Radio in Anchorage for 30 years. Since the mid 80's he's worked with Anchorage radio stations including KWHL, KFQD, KKLV, and KMXS. His passion for Music and the 'Triple-A' radio format began in the early 90’s which led to him to help establish the format for KNBA when the station signed on in 1996. When not on the radio hosting a music show and interviewing local and national music acts, he may be on a long road trip or you’ll find him hanging out at his log cabin in the quiet, but bear filled hillside valley of his hometown Anchorage.