Fresno rock violinist Patrick Contreras is known for his creative use of the violin and mixing it with other genres. His latest project mixes the sound of violin with mariachi, rock, soul and hip-hop. It's called El Violin.
Contreras calls this sound Chicano violin music. He's opened for artists like BB King, Al Jarreau, Stanley Clarke and others. He's been featured on a World Star Hip Hop 3 times as Talent Of The Week and has well over a Million Views on his YouTube Channel.
The EP releases party is September 1 at Fulton 55 near Downtown Fresno. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 day of. To learn more about Contreras's new work and to hear his sound FM89's Joe Moore interviewed him on the station's program Valley Edition.
Take a listen to the interview by clicking play above and hear one of the tracks on the EP below.