From February 1-4, my co-conspirators and I will be spending our waking hours at MSR Studios recording the music from Real Enemies. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be documenting this music with so many incredible musicians. For photos and live updates from the recording session, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. #realenemiesrec
And for a sneak preview of the recording, subscribe to the Secret Society News-Letter and you’ll receive a free download of a selection from Real Enemies, “Trust No One,” recorded live at BAM.
This weekend, Secret Society will take to the stage at The Jazz Gallery to perform music from the criticallyacclaimedReal Enemies, as well as some other recent works (and perhaps an old favorite or two…). The concerts (two sets per night on Friday, January 29th and Saturday, January 30th) are part of The Jazz Gallery’s 20th Anniversary Concert Series. The Jazz Gallery has been very supportive of Secret Society over the years and we are thrilled to be able to help them celebrate twenty years of absolutely vital music.
Following the Jazz Gallery performances, we will be heading into the recording studio to record our third album, Real Enemies — look for it this fall on New Amsterdam Records. If you’d like a preview of what is to come, sign up for the Secret Society News-Letter and you’ll receive an exclusive free track “Trust No One,” recorded live during the Real Enemies premiere at BAM and featuring Sebastian Noelle on guitar and Carl Maraghi on baritone sax.
Sharel Cassity (Jan. 29) / Rob Wilkerson (Jan. 30)
Sebastian Noelle, guitar
Adam Birnbaum, piano
Matt Clohesy, bass
Jon Wikan, drums
From Wednesday, November 18th through Sunday, November 22, the BAM Next Wave Festival presents the World Premiere of Real Enemies, a 75-minute multimedia meditation on conspiracy theories. Over two years in the making, Real Enemies is co-created by myself, writer-director Isaac Butler, and filmmaker Peter Nigrini, aided and abetted by my Secret Society co-conspirators:
TROMBONES, EUPHONIUM & TUBAS
Darius Christian Jones
Sebastian Noelle, electric & acoustic guitar
Adam Birnbaum, piano, electric piano & melodica
Matt Clohesy, contrabass & electric bass
Jon Wikan, drums & percussion
We are all immensely proud of this work and hope you’ll join us at the BAM Harvey Theater as we lift the curtain on this insanely ambitious endeavor.
Real Enemies doesn’t just want audiences to understand conspiracy thinking, however. It wants them to engage in it. And it does so by exploiting the same narrative instinct that allows us to connect the dots between seemingly disparate events. This might mean using music that alludes to the unnerving scores of conspiracy thrillers such as The Paralax View, while simultaneously splashing different images on to each of the 15 projection screens arrayed on stage.