Harmonyville is a generally good natured town whose residents are chord symbols, infused with life from Jon Damian's illustrations and narrative. Gino and Dee seem like a perfect couple. But as the story unfolds, they have their ups and downs. Their lives are intertwined with a bevy of entertaining characters who bring humor, drama, romance, and intrigue into the scenes of this comedic play.
In his new book, Berklee Professor Emeritus Jon Damian of Local 9-535 (Boston, MA)—who has always blended his love of music with art—creates an illustrative guide to expand our understanding of harmony. It won’t come as a surprise that a G7 and D Minor 7 chord make beautiful music, but what would it look like? In Welcome to Harmonyville 01625, we meet a reporter and cartoonist for the Harmonyville Times as he takes the reader on a journey with the Dominante family, friends, and neighbors in a town built around a G Clef roundabout. Take E Street to the B Natural Bookstore, then up to D and Fifth streets to the psychordiatrist and finally, the reader reaches the Glossarium. A chord progression comes to life on the page as Damian follows the characters through good times, some discord, but ultimately a revelation—and education—in perfect harmony. The book includes a foreword by Bill Frisell of Local 802 (New York City).
- Theresa Litz at International Musician Magazine September 2021