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Musique Noire was formed in 2005. The group's members, who reside in Detroit and Chicago, are veteran players nationally and internationally. Led by violinist Michelle May (www.michellemay.net), the group produces a sophisticated sound showcasing unique arrangements of world fusion music. Current instrumentation: Michelle on violin, Leslie Deshazor Adams on viola, Leah Lucas Celebi on viola and violin, the award-winning JoVia Armstrong on percussion and Rydell Smith on guitar. The group uses a rotating roster of veteran bassists. Their debut CD, "Good Hair", features original songs (and three cover tunes) that reflect their musical influences in funk, latin, world music and jazz. 2011 saw the release of their second CD, "Holiday Dreams: A Celebration of Christmas", with their unique arrangements of traditional Christmas tunes and the jazz classic, "A Child Is Born". Musique Noire were 2009, 2010 and 2011 Detroit Music Awards nominees for Outstanding Jazz Recording (2009) and Outstanding World/Reggae Group (2009, 2010 and 2011).