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Heirloom is one of Milwaukee’s most innovative and sought after jazz combinations. Each member has a deep connection and passion for modern music and draws upon contemporary classical, rock, and indie influences in their compositions. Their original sound captivates audiences through soaring melodies, intriguing rhythms ,and magnetic attention to detail. Heirloom includes Ben Dameron (guitar), Hannah Johnson (drums) and will feature Katie Ernst (bass).
About Eunoia Society
Eunoia Society is JoVia Armstrong, Leslie DeShazor and Damon Warmack. All are accomplished musicians whose compiled artist roster includes Stevie Wonder, El DeBarge, Bob James, Roy Hargrove, Martha Reeves, Res, Pat Metheny, Diane Schuur, Regina Carter, Omar, Les Nubians, Maysa, Rahsaan Patterson, and more. But, before working with these amazing artists, the three were grinding in Detroit, where they all met as freelancers. JoVia and Leslie are also members of Detroit’s Global Jazz group, Musique Noire.
Eunoia Society is Armstrong’s current project as a composer and bandleader. The ensemble experiments with immersive technology while its compositions are intended to lead its listeners into moments of contemplation. The music relies heavily on repetition, drones, reverb, delays, and other time-based processed effects. In their practice, they explore performing in multichannel audio systems, telematic shows, and various techniques using high-end audio. Eunoia Society also facilitates electronic music workshops with young Black girls to gain their interest in technology.
Music for their July 2022 release, “The Antidote Suite,” was composed for The Black Index Art Exhibit. The album received exceptional reviews in major publications such as The New York Times, DownBeat Magazine, Jazziz, JazzTimes, The Wire, and more. Their second release, “Inception,” was released in August 2023 and has received numerous 4-star reviews.
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