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18 April 2016

April 19-21 — Berklee State of Jazz Composition Symposium


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From April 19-21, I will be participating in several events at Berklee’s biennial State of Jazz Composition Symposium, alongside my fellow guest artists Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, John Clayton, Andy Milne, and Samuel Torres. Here’s what’s on the agenda:

TUESDAY, APRIL 19
12:00 PM Symposium Kickoff Event
1:00 PM Afro-Latin Rhythm and Jazz: Compositional Perspectives — panel discussion with Samuel Torres, Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, and yrs truly
5:00 PM Meet & Greet

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20
1:00 PM Tradition, Innovation, and Social Commentary: Jazz Composition in Context — panel discussion with Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, John Clayton, and yrs truly
3:30 PM Listening Session — I’ll be sharing a sneak peak of Secret Society’s upcoming recording, Real Enemies, and talk about the process behind the music.

THRUSDAY, APRIL 21
9:30 PM Darcy James Argue with the Rainbow Big Band: I’ll be leading Berklee’s Rainbow Big Band in a concert of my music

The above events are all free and open to the public.


09 March 2016

Thursday, March 10 – Spring Revolution at National Sawdust


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My Secret Society co-conspirators and I are proud to join inaugural Spring Revolution festival at Brooklyn’s most talked-about new music venue, National Sawdust. We appear Thursday, March 10 (doors at 6:00 PM, show at 7:00 PM sharp). The centerpiece of our set will be “Tensile Curves,” a 40-minute meditation on Duke Ellington’s “Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue” — the performance of which famously caused utter pandemonium at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival. Our set will also include some rarely-performed deep cuts from the Secret Society vaults, alongside more recent unrecorded work.

CO-CONSPIRATORS

WINDS
Dave Pietro
Rob Wilkerson
Sam Sadigursky
Quinsin Nachoff
Frank Basile

TRUMPETS
Seneca Black
David Smith
Tatum Greenblatt
Nadje Noordhuis
Mike Rodriguez

TROMBONES
Joe Fiedler
Ryan Keberle
Jacob Garchik
Jennifer Wharton

RHYTHM
Sebastian Noelle, guitar
Adam Birnbaum, piano
Matt Clohesy, bass
Eric Doob, drums


31 January 2016

Real Enemies recording sessions… plus a sneak preview


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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.


27 January 2016

Friday, January 29 & Saturday, January 30 — The Jazz Gallery 20th Anniversary Concert Series


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This weekend, Secret Society will take to the stage at The Jazz Gallery to perform music from the critically acclaimed Real 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.

Tickets may be had here.

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.

CO-CONSPIRATORS

WINDS
Dave Pietro
Sharel Cassity (Jan. 29) / Rob Wilkerson (Jan. 30)
Sam Sadigursky
John Ellis
Carl Maraghi

TRUMPETS
Nathan Eklund
David Smith
Matt Holman
Nadje Noordhuis
Ingrid Jensen

TROMBONES
Mike Fahie
Ryan Keberle
Jacob Garchik
Jennifer Wharton

RHYTHM
Sebastian Noelle, guitar
Adam Birnbaum, piano
Matt Clohesy, bass
Jon Wikan, drums


17 November 2015

Real Enemies @ BAM Harvey Theater — November 18-22


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:

WINDS
Tim Ries
Rob Wilkerson
Sam Sadigursky
John Ellis
Carl Maraghi

TRUMPETS
Seneca Black
Jonathan Powell
Matt Holman
Nadje Noordhuis
Ingrid Jensen

TROMBONES, EUPHONIUM & TUBAS
Mike Fahie
Darius Christian Jones
Jacob Garchik
Jennifer Wharton

RHYTHM
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.

Reserve your seats here.