Musique Noire was formed in 2005. The group's members, who reside in Detroit, MI and Chicago, IL are veteran players nationally and internationally. Led by violinist Michelle May, the group produces a sophisticated sound showcasing unique arrangements of jazz and world fusion. Their debut CD, "Good Hair", is a collection of original songs (and three cover tunes) reflective of the bands many influences: Latin, funk, world music, and, of course, jazz. Members include: Michelle May, violin, Leslie Deshazor Adams, viola, Leah Lucas, viola and violin, and JoVia Armstrong, percussion. “Good Hair” features special guests Mark Sawasky (Immigrant Suns) on percussion, Cecelia Sharpe on cello, Naima Shamborguer and Angela Celeste May on vocals, Marion Hayden (Straight Ahead), Kerry Lacy, Pathe Jassi and James Francis on bass, Rydell Chavez Smith, John E. Lawrence, Michael DeLorean and Michael Gabriel on guitar and Julien Labro (Hot Club of Detroit) on accordion. The track “La Fiesta”, includes the flamenco dance steps of Valeria Montes (“La Chispa”).
The Press are saying:
"They may call it "Good Hair," but the 10 tracks on this CD add up to what I call "excellent album." Musique Noire is a classy group that can move in any musical direction with ease and grace. "
~Peter Karoly, 360 Main Street
"A very cool little project. . and one with a pretty funky feel at times too! . . .a variety of settings that almost recall some of the instrumental revolutions of the 80s -- kind of a space between Kronos Quartet and some of the more creative combos of the New York scene. "
~Dusty Groove America
". . .Musique Noire covers many miles of musical territory--from Latin to Moroccan, from funk to The Beatles. The group's debut disc, "Good Hair" dishes up diverse dialects all spoken through the language of jazz."
~J. Nadir Omowale, African American Family Magazine
"GOOD HAIR" WAS NOMINATED IN THE CATEGORY "OUTSTANDING JAZZ RECORDING" FOR THE 2009 DETROIT MUSIC AWARDS.
MUSIQUE NOIRE WAS NOMINATED IN THE CATEGORY "OUTSTANDING WORLD/REGGAE ARTIST/GROUP" FOR THE 2009 AND 2010 DETROIT MUSIC AWARDS.