Secret Society’s highly anticipated third album, Real Enemies, will be out September 30 on New Amsterdam Records and is now available for pre-order via Bandcamp. The first single, “Best Friends Forever” (featuring Rob Wilkerson on alto saxophone) is streaming now.
We are celebrating the album’s official release with performances at National Sawdust on Sunday, October 2 and the MFA Boston on Friday, October 7.
Real Enemies is an 80-minute, 13-chapter exploration of America’s fascination with conspiracy theories. As befitting a journey into postwar paranoia, the music draws heavily on 12-tone techniques, but the wide-ranging score exhibits a gleeful disregard for how those techniques have traditionally been deployed.
My co-conspirators and I cannot wait for you to hear it.
My Secret Society co-conspirators and I are thrilled to be returning to one of our favorite NYC venues, Jazz Standard, where we will be previewing music from our upcoming album, Real Enemies — coming this fall on New Amsterdam Records.
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:
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.
Sebastian Noelle, guitar
Adam Birnbaum, piano
Matt Clohesy, bass
Eric Doob, drums