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Musique Noire

Musique Noire

World / World Fusion / Jazz Detroit, MI  US
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  • 2015

    Apr 11

    Commerce Charter Township, MI, US | 3:00pm

    Musique Noire will be performing as part of the InAccord Discovery Series at the Steinway Gallery in Commerce Township, MI. This series is a showcase for veteran musicians to share their talents and their stories. The series helps to raise funds to give scholarships for talented young musicians to be able to attend camps, workshops and to take lessons.

  • 2013

    Oct 12

    Detroit, MI, US | 8:00pm

    Join the acclaimed group Musique Noire (www.musiquenoire.com) as they return to the Jazz Café for a performance of their signature blend of jazz and world music. Musique Noire is a woman-led strings and percussion ensemble, nominated for multiple Detroit Music Awards for Outstanding World Group. Members, who reside in Detroit and Chicago, are veteran professionals who perform extensively nationally and internationally. Led by violinist/flutist Michelle May, the core ensemble includes Leslie Deshazor Adams on viola, Leah Lucas Celebi on violin and viola, and JoVia Armstrong on percussion. Joining the ladies of Musique Noire will be Keith Beber on percussion and Rydell Smith on guitar as well as other special guests. Their live shows have won them fans in the Detroit area, across Michigan and in several performances in Chicago, most recently opening the inaugural Chicago Jazz String Summit. Their music projects (two CD releases) have sold across the U.S. and around the world and gained airplay on over 60 U.S. stations.

  • 2013

    May 31

    Chicago, IL, US | 6:00pm

    The Chicago Jazz String Summit will highlight the achievements of string players nationally and internationally who are making bold statements in the world of jazz and improvised music today; players who are developing new techniques and languages and pushing the boundaries of what is possible for stringed players. The festival will also serve to foster community amongst improvising string players and to encourage and inspire a new generation of improvising stringed musicians. Sponsored by Arts and Public Life at The University of Chicago; the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at The University of Chicago; Hyde Park Jazz Festival; Rebuild Foundation; Southwest Airlines; and WDCB Public Radio. The event is free with registration at chicagojazzstringsummit.com.

  • 2013

    Mar 1

    Detroit, 48221, US | 7:00pm

    Soooo. . .what do we do when we've got a wonderful gig coming up, but we're all not available? We STILL make it work! Introducing the "Musique Noire Quartet" featuring Michelle May (violin/flute), Keith Beber (percussion), Rydell Smith (guitar) and Leslie Deshazor (viola). Come out to see this new interpretation of the signature Musique Noire sound at the "Mayflower Music Series" hosted by Maxine Michaels. It's FREE and open to all, a family friendly, community oriented, music lovers event. DONATIONS are greatly appreciated in support of the church preservation/restoration fund.

  • 2012

    Oct 20

    Chicago, IL, US | 8:00pm

    Musique Noire is proud to present their first show in the Windy City! JoVia Armstrong will lead a music clinic earlier in the day; clinic participants are eligible to attend an open rehearsal with Musique Noire. For more information on the clinic with JoVia, contact Events@joviamusic.com


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Label: Ann Vincent Productions, Inc.

Manager: Michelle May

Bio: 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 jazz music. Curre...See Full Bio

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