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30 September 2016

REAL ENEMIES out now


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Secret Society’s long-awaited new recording, REAL ENEMIES, is now available from Bandcamp, iTunes, and Amazon.

“The ingenuity and urgency of the music, as executed Mr. Argue’s state-of-the-art big band, couldn’t be clearer (or timelier).”
Nate Chinen, The New York Times

“Think of it as the sonic incarnation of our strange and dangerous times… serious, incisive, and tinged with acid humor.”
Milo Miles, The Village Voice

“An oddball masterpiece… creepy fun soulful shiversome stuff… an original, even brilliant piece of work.”
Fred Kaplan, Stereophile

We are celebrating with performances on Sunday, October 2 at Broooklyn’s National Sawdust and Friday, October 7 at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.


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.