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11 October 2017

Real Enemies in concert Nov. 10 @ ShapeShifter Lab


Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society performs Real Enemies
Friday, November 10
7:00 PM
ShapeShifter Lab
18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door

CO-CONSPIRATORS
WINDS
Dave Pietro
Rob Wilkerson
Peter Hess
Lucas Pino
Carl Maraghi

TRUMPETS
Seneca Black
Sam Hoyt
Matt Holman
Nathan Eklund
David Smith

TROMBONES
Mike Fahie
Ryan Keberle
Darius Christian Jones
Jennifer Wharton

RHYTHM
Sebastian Noelle, guitar
Adam Birnbaum, piano
Matt Clohesy, bass
Jared Schonig, drums


07 October 2017

Sunday, Oct. 8 w/The SCC Big Band @ The Nash, Phoenix AZ



Sunday, October 8

Darcy James Argue with the SCC Big Band
7:30 PM
The Nash
110 E Roosevelt St
Phoenix, AZ

TICKETS


06 September 2017

November 17 @ London Jazz Festival, November 18 @ Guimarães Jazz


 

Secret Society’s next European incursion will bring our long-awaited return to the London Jazz Festival, and our highly-anticipated debut at Portugal’s Guimarães Jazz. We will be performing the concert version of Real Enemies in its entirety. Are you more paranoid today then you were a year ago?

This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation.

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26 June 2017

July 4 @ Jazz Standard


 

Steeply made motions of weary familiarity. ‘Herrrrrre we go.’

Marathe ignored this. ‘Are we not all of us fanatics? I say only what you of the U.S.A. only pretend you do not know. Attachments are of great seriousness. Choose your attachments carefully. Choose your temple of fanaticism with great care. What you wish to sing of as tragic love is an attachment not carefully chosen. Die for one person? This is a craziness. Persons change, leave, die, become ill. They leave, lie, go mad, have sickness, betray you, die. Your nation outlives you. A great cause outlives you.’

‘How are your wife and kids doing, up there, by the way?’

‘You U.S.A.’s do not seem to believe you may each choose what to die for. Love of a woman, the sexual, it bends back in on the self, makes you narrow, maybe crazy. Choose with care. Love of your nation, your country, and people, it enlarges the heart. Something bigger than the self.’

Steeply laid a hand between his misdirected breasts: ‘Ohh … Canada…’

David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

On this Interdependence Independence Day, join us as my international cabal of co-conspirators and I defiantly celebrate the best things about America: exuberantly maximalist novelists like David Foster Wallace. Eccentric innovators like Buckminster Fuller. Soulful musical cross-pollinators like Levon Helm. And geniuses beyond category like Duke Ellington. We will be playing music inspired by all of these individuals and more.

Oh, and there will be barbecue (yes, actual barbecue), whiskey (with an “e”), and the greatest salt peanuts known to man.

Come home, America. Come to Jazz Standard on July 4. Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

WINDS
Dave Pietro
Rob Wilkerson
Sam Sadigursky
John Ellis
Carl Maraghi

TRUMPETS
Seneca Black
Josh Deutsch
Matt Holman
Nadje Noordhuis
Sam Hoyt

TROMBONES
Mike Fahie
Ryan Keberle
Jacob Garchik
Jennifer Wharton

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

COMPOSER-CONDUCTOR
Darcy James Argue


14 March 2017

Secret Society @ Celebrity Series of Boston’s Stave Sessions


Photo: Bruce T. Martin

My Secret Society co-conspirators and I are proud to be returning to Boston on Thursday, March 23 to perform in the Celebrity Series’ Stave Sessions, a weeklong festival of independent, open-eared music, set in Berklee’s award-winning 160 Mass Ave space. We’ll be presenting music drawn from the entire span of Secret Society’s 11 years together, including some unrecorded gems.

For this performance, we are pleased to welcome drummer Richie Barshay back into the fold. Richie and I first met in Boston while we were both studying at New England Conservatory, and he performed some of my earliest compositions for bigband. Needless to say, it’s great to be reunited, especially back in the city where I acquired my lifelong bigband habit.

The rest of the Stave Sessions series includes performances by yMusic, Melissa Aldana’s quintet, and TIGUE and Innov Gnawa. Needless to say we are thrilled to be in such great company.

Tickets can be had here.

CO-CONSPIRATORS
WINDS
Alejandro Aviles
Rob Wilkerson
Sam Sadigursky
John Ellis
Carl Maraghi

TRUMPETS
Seneca Black
Jonathan Powell
Matt Holman
Nadje Noordhuis
David Smith

TROMBONES
Mike Fahie
Ryan Keberle
Jacob Garchik
Jennifer Wharton

RHYTHM
Sebastian Noelle, guitar
Adam Birnbaum, piano
Matt Clohesy, bass
Richie Barshay, drums