As heard on Morning Line: Black Violin

Oct 30, 2018

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

Wil Baptiste, left, and Nat Stokes of Black Violin talk about their upcoming shows Nov. 1-2 at the Atwood Concert Hall, Anchorage. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KNBA)

  “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.”