Musique Noire was formed in 2005. The group's members, who reside in Detroit, Chicago and Washington, D.C., are veteran players nationally and internationally. Led by violinist Michelle May, the group produces a sophisticated sound showcasing jazz and world fusion. Current instrumentation: violin, viola, electric and acoustic bass, electric and acoustic guitar, two percussionists. Their debut CD features original songs (and three cover tunes) that reflect their musical influences in funk, latin, world music and jazz.
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John Henry of "Audiophile Audition" gives a thumbs-up to Musique Noire's CD, "Good Hair".
Excerpt: "The instrumentation may seem a bit unusual, but the clever arrangements bring it all together in an exciting and tuneful fashion. Some of the string quartet/crossover albums have not quite gotten it in the groove, but Musique Noir (sic) i…
Historic Fisk University is playing our music on their college radio station, WFSK. Musique Noire will be featured as their Artist of the Week, with an hour devoted to our music
on June 24 and an interview with Michelle May! A BIG "thank you" goes out to Ms. Sharon Kay,…
Yes, of course! You are highlighted/spotlighted!! (as you should be...Jaijai ain't no joke...she KNOWS/LISTENS.../HEARS!) Anyhoo, of course I love all y'all, but whoever is playing that VIOLIN....well, let's just say - I SHALL NEVER BREATHE AGAIN!! Wow...my God. That violin (redundant, I know)...wow. God bless.
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."