Multistyle violinist and champion fiddler MARI BLACK’s energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world. Equally at home in a wide variety of musical traditions, Mari is a 2-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, 2-time Canadian Maritime Fiddle Champion, Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Champion, Canadian Novelty Fiddle Champion, 1st Prize Winner at the American Protégé International String Competition, and 2-time laureate at the American String Teachers’ Association Alternative Styles Awards. On stage, she creates shows that draw on elements from many different styles including jazz, tango, folk, Western classical, as well as Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling. Her performances take listeners on a musical journey exploring the diversity and celebrating commonalities in the dance-driven folk musics of the world.
An internationally-recognized performer, Mari can be seen playing in all sorts of settings. She has been featured at Celtic Highland Games, folk festivals, jazz concert series, Argentine tango festivals, and world-famous classical concert venues including Carnegie Hall. Mari has appeared with such diverse artists as Irish fiddle champion Liz Carroll, Americana master Mark O’Connor, and jazzman Willie Ruff. Her music has been heard on the BBC Radio Scotland’s “Take the Floor”, Fox and CBS morning news, NPR’s “Here and Now,” WFMT Chicago’s “Folk Stage”, WGBH Boston’s “A Celtic Sojourn”, and on dozens of other Celtic and folk radio shows across the country. An enthusiastic collector of passport stamps, Mari has played concerts in Brazil, Scotland, Canada, China, Korea, Zimbabwe, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, and France, and she can’t wait for the next stop!
Dedicated to education, Mari presents frequent outreach concerts and workshops at schools, conferences, festivals, and universities. She has taught at the renowned Acadia Trad School, the Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling, and the Mark O’Connor fiddle camp. Guest workshops include sessions at the Yale School of Music, Boston University School of Fine Arts, New York City’s School for Strings, and the American String Teachers’ Association national conference.
Mari released her debut solo CD, “Flight,” in the spring of 2014. She is currently touring nationally with her trio, the Mari Black World Fiddle Ensemble, performing and celebrating diverse styles of traditional and modern dance music.