I can't describe Black Violin any better than the bio on their website, so I'll let it do the talking:
Combining 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.These guys are great performers and showmen, and they understand kids. They encourage kids to get up and dance during their shows, they encourage their audience to videotape their shows. and they have a positive message (two really):
- Think outside the box
- Whatever you do, work hard at it. The best ones are the ones who put in the extra effort.
Black Violin is on the short list of performers who my wife tries never to miss. Unfortunately, they seem to play a lot during the workday (and in this case, it's during my busy season too), so I am SOL. But I can console myself with the following video: