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30 August 2016

Real Enemies – coming Sept. 30 on New Amsterdam Records


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.


22 June 2016

Real Enemies @ Holland Festival, June 23-24


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Real Enemies European Premiere — full multimedia production — June 23 & 24 at the Holland Festival.

Paranoia is a weapon.

CO-CONSPIRATORS

WINDS
Dave Pietro
Rob Wilkerson
Sam Sadigursky
John Ellis
Carl Maraghi

TRUMPETS
Seneca Black
Jonathan Powell
Matt Holman
Nadje Noordhuis
Jason Palmer

TROMBONES
Mike Fahie
Ryan Keberle
Jacob Garchik
Jennifer Wharton

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


07 June 2016

Tuesday, June 14 – Secret Society at Jazz Standard


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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.

We look forward to you joining us on Tuesday, June 14 — sets at 7:30 PM and 9:30 PM.

PS Get you a jar of the North Carolina salt peanuts. (You’re welcome.)

CO-CONSPIRATORS

WINDS
Dave Pietro
Rob Wilkerson
Peter Hess
Jon Irabagon
Carl Maraghi

TRUMPETS
Seneca Black
Jonathan Powell
Matt Holman
Nadje Noordhuis
Jason Palmer

TROMBONES
Mike Fahie
Ryan Keberle
Jacob Garchik
Jennifer Wharton

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


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