Forget everything you think you know about violin music.
Two young violinists — Kytami and Michael Fraser — have taken the instruments out of the orchestra line and onto the dance floor.
Now they’ll be sharing a stage on their first ever tour together, along with DJ Joshua James. Though Kytami and Fraser play the same instrument, their sound is vastly different.
“She loves drum and bass and hip hop, and I play mostly funky, housey stuff,” said Fraser. “I play jazz violin and she is classically trained.”
So what can you expect when the two come together?
“You never know,” said Fraser. “We both love to be spontaneous, and I think our show will demonstrate that.”
The duo set out on their 10-stop Beats, Strings & Life Tour yesterday. Fraser packed his recording rig in his suitcase and plans to release some new tracks while they’re on the road.
“If we had three or four hours to kill, there’s no reason we couldn’t either record something together or individually,” he said.
Those tracks will be uploaded at soundcloud.com/michaelfraserviolin.
“You never know what will come out of spending time together on the road,” Faser said. “We’ll be collaborating on stage and off, and we’ll just see what comes out of it.”
Kytami and Michael Fraser stop at Finley’s on Thursday, December 13. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door.