Urban Violin runs the second Wednesday for several months and has a different theme each year. This year, we are featuring artists with an avant-garde take on the violin through the lens of present day LA culture. The three selected performers each provide a different perspective on the potential of the violin to smash expectations and stretch boundaries.
Josh Vietti uses head bobbing beats as the backbone to his classical versions of hip-hop hits. Esther Anaya incorporates pop into her training while also referencing her Colombian heritage. Quetzal Guerrero describes himself as Brazil meets Jimi Hendrix, using his electric violin to create rhythmic blends that keep you moving. Join Arts Brookfield in the courtyard each month to experience how these talented LA-based violinists are re-interpreting tradition.
Josh Vietti first made his big break into the hip hop industry in 2010, when he was hired to play as a violin street performer for the NBA All- Star Game Commercial, narrated by actor/rapper Common. The commercial showed NBA players LeBron James and Dwayne Wade dunking while Josh played an uplifting string anthem on his violin.
In 2011, he had his second break – appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Immediately following Ellen, Las Vegas called Josh and he opened up for several artists, such as Ne-Yo, Earth Wind & Fire, and Michael Jordan at his Celebrity Invitational at the ARIA Resort & Casino.
Within the past two years, Josh was able to open for well-known female rapper, Cardi B and that same night drew in a huge crowd while performing side by side with Lil Duval in December 2018. It didn’t take long after that to get the attention of many other respected rappers in industry.
Josh then went on to perform for The Game’s 40th birthday, grabbing the attention of Dr. Dre. Two weeks later (in December 2019) Josh was invited to perform with Trae Tha Truth and open for rap legend Snoop Dogg. Josh Vietti is only getting started and big things are to come.