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07 August 2018

Upon her head she wore a crown of bones


This fall marks the premiere of a project I’m incredibly excited to be involved with: Cécile McLorin Salvant’s original song cycle Ogresse, about a dark-skinned beast who lives in the woods and has an insatiable taste for human flesh.

I have arranged and orchestrated Cécile’s songs for a 13-piece chamber ensemble, which I have decided I am calling L’Orchestre L’Ogresse.

You can read what Cécile has to say about this ambitious and provocative work here. Collaborating with Cécile has been tremendously inspiring and I can’t wait for you all to hear it.

The premiere takes place on September 28 at The Met Museum, with additional performances on November 16 at NJPAC, November 17 at The Kennedy Center, and November 18 at McCarter Theatre.

L’Orchestre L’Ogresse
Alexa Tarantino winds
Tom Christensen winds
Kirk Knuffke cornet
Josh Roseman trombone & tuba

MIVOS Quartet:
Olivia De Prato violin
Lauren Cauley Kalal violin
Victor Lowrie Tafoya viola
Mariel Roberts cello

Warren Wolf vibraphone & marimba
Brandon Seabrook guitar & banjo
Helen Sung piano, organ & melodica
David Wong bass
Samuel Torres percussion

Cécile McLorin Salvant voice

 


Autumnal Incursions 2018


My co-conspirators and I will be infiltrating a number of exciting venues and festivals over the next several months.

On Wednesday, August 29, we are delighted to return to Jazz Standard for two sets of music, and also to feed our unslakeable hunger for their legendary salt peanuts.

On Saturday, September 1, we will be making our debut at Chicago Jazz Festival and helping them celebrate their 40th anniversary. We know our Chicago fans have been waiting for this for a very long time and we are thrilled it is finally happening!

On Saturday, October 6, we will be traveling to the Azores Islands for Angrajazz, an incredible opportunity for us to bring our music to one of the most picturesque locations on the planet.

And on Tuesday, October 23, my comrades and I revisit Penn State for a concert performance of Secret Society standards new and old.

We hope to be seeing you soon.

CO-CONSPIRATORS
WINDS
Dave Pietro (Aug 29, Sept 1, Oct 6) / Matt Vashlishan (Oct 23)
Alexa Tarantino (Aug 29, Sept 1, Oct 6) / Rob Wilkerson (Oct 23)
Sam Sadigurksy
Roxy Coss (Aug 29, Sept 1, Oct 23) / María Grand (Oct 6)
Carl Maraghi

TRUMPETS
Seneca Black
Jonathan Powell (Aug 29, Sept 1, Oct 23) / Sam Hoyt (Oct 6)
Matt Holman / David Smith (1st set Aug 29)
Nadje Noordhuis
Jason Palmer (Aug 29, Sept 1) / David Smith (Oct 6) / Adam O’Farrill (Oct 23)

TROMBONES
Mike Fahie
Ryan Keberle
Jacob Garchik (Aug 29, Sept 1) / Kalia Vandever (Oct 6, 23)
Jennifer Wharton (Aug 29, Sept 1, Oct 23) / Tim Sessions (Oct 6)

RHYTHM
Sebastian Noelle, guitar
Adam Birnbaum, piano
Matt Clohesy, bass (Aug 29, Sept 1, Oct 6) / Ricky Rodgriuez, bass (Oct 23)
Jon Wikan, drums


19 April 2018

Wednesday, May 2 at Dizzy’s Club


It has been a long time since my co-conspirators and I last infiltrated JALC’s Dizzy’s Club and we are thrilled to be back! We’ll be returning on Wednesday, May 2, performing two sets of original music inspired by my mentor, Bob Brookmeyer — including the New York premiere of “Wingèd Beasts,” a new work commissioned by my alma mater, New England Conservatory, in honor of its 150th anniversary. We hope you’ll join us as we pay our respects to the man who got me addicted to bigband all those years ago.

TICKETS

CO-CONSPIRATORS
WINDS
Dave Pietro
Rob Wilkerson
Sam Sadigursky
John Ellis
Brian Landrus

TRUMPETS
Seneca Black
Sam Hoyt
Matt Holman
Josh Deutsch
David Smith

TROMBONES
Mike Fahie
Ryan Keberle
Kalia Vandever
Jennifer Wharton

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


02 February 2018

Saturday, February 3 @ Miller Theatre


Octavian Neagu, Blue Meditation 2

Miller Theatre has a long and distinguished track record of presenting some of the best music in New York. I’ve seen some change-your-life inspiring concerts in this space — Sam Rivers with Dave Holland and Barry Altschul, Alarm Will Sound’s Varèse Composer Portrait, and Marty Ehrlich paying tribute to Julius Hemphill’s Dogon A.D. spring immediately to mind — and I’m both honored and delighted to bring Secret Society to this stage. It is, no kidding, a dream come true.

TICKETS
(40% discount for students & seniors)

CO-CONSPIRATORS
WINDS
Dave Pietro
Rob Wilkerson
Sam Sadigursky
John Ellis
Carl Maraghi

TRUMPETS
Seneca Black
David Smith
Matt Holman
Nadje Noordhuis
Adam O’Farrill

TROMBONES
Mike Fahie
Ryan Keberle
Jacob Garchik
George Flynn

RHYTHM
Sebastian Noelle, guitar
Adam Birnbaum, piano & keyboards
Matt Clohesy, bass
Jon Wikan, drum set

COMPOSER-CONDUCTOR
Darcy James Argue


29 December 2017

Thursday, January 11 @ Jazz Gallery


Ring in 2018 with Secret Society on January 11 at New York’s indispensable venue for forward-looking music, The Jazz Gallery. We will be performing Real Enemies and other music of resistance. Sets at 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM.

CO-CONSPIRATORS
WINDS
Dave Pietro
Rob Wilkerson
Sam Sadigursky
John Ellis
Carl Maraghi

TRUMPETS
Seneca Black
Jonathan Powell
Sam Hoyt
Nadje Noordhuis
Dave Smith

TROMBONES
Mike Fahie
Ryan Keberle
Jacob Garchik
George Flynn

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