16 December 2021

Secret Society @ Jazz Gallery, March 11-12, 2022

The interregnum is over almost over. Early A little later next year, my co-conspirators and I retake the field. The world spins forward, the great euphonious spectacle continues.

Join us at the The Jazz Gallery on (note new dates) March 11-12, 2022 as we make our long-awaited return to New York’s most indispensable venue.

Stepping into tomorrow, our destiny is back.


Alejandro Aviles
Rob Wilkerson
Sam Sadigursky
Tom Christensen
Carl Maraghi

Seneca Black
Fareed Simpson
Matt Holman
Chloe Rowlands
Dave Smith

Mike Fahie
Jacob Garchik
Gina Benalcazar
Jeff Nelson

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

12 July 2021

DJA w/Clasijazz BigBand Pro @ Sede Clasijazz, Almería, Spain – 18 July 2021


This announcement fills my heart with joy and hope: I will be leading a concert of my music with the Clasijazz BigBand Pro in Almería, Spain, on Sunday, July 18.

We will be working very hard over the next several days to bring this music to life. If you’re nearby, please join us.

Mike Fletcher
Victor Jiménez
Dani Torres
Enrique Oliver
Carlos Ligero
Florencio Juan

Pep Garau
David Galera
Nacho Loring
Jesús Martínez
Julián Sánchez

Miguel Moises
Tomeu Garcias
Víctor Colomer
Joan Codina

Peter Connolly, guitar
Daahoud Salim, piano
Bori Albero, bass
Andreu Pitarch, drums

19 October 2020

Real Enemies: The Movie


There is a film of Real Enemies. It premieres via Cal Performances At Home on Wednesday, October 21 at 10 PM (Eastern).

Join us live on Wednesday night, or watch at your leisure for up to three months following the premiere date.

For an exclusive sneak peak, join me tonight (Monday, October 21 at 6 PM Eastern) for The Jazz Gallery’s Happy Hour Hang.

Additional events:

Tue, Oct 20, 2020, 10pm (Eastern)
Fact or Fiction: Conspiracy Theories and the Current Political Moment
Real Enemies, featuring Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, was inspired by Kathryn S. Olmsted’s 2013 book Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I through 9/11. Join Professor Olmsted of UC Davis’ History Department, writer and director Isaac Butler, and MacArthur Fellow journalist and writer Mark Danner of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism for a lively conversation about the grip of conspiracy theories on the American imagination.

Wed, Oct 21, 2020, 9:30pm (Eastern)
Pre-Performance Conversation
Join us at 9:30pm (Eastern), before the streaming premiere at 10pm, for a pre-performance conversation with composer Darcy James Argue, director Isaac Butler, media designer Peter Nigrini, and Cal Performances executive and artistic director Jeremy Geffen. Free for ticket holders. Available on demand here, following the premiere, for everyone.

Mon, Nov 9, 2020, 9:30pm (Eastern)
Public Forum:
The United States of Conspiracy: An Arts + Design Mondays presentation

Free and open to the public online

Arts + Design’s Monday evening series, Together: Reinventing Politics, Reimagining Health, presents the three creators of Real Enemies—composer Darcy James Argue, writer and director Isaac Butler, and film designer Peter Nigrini—in a discussion about the American fascination with conspiracy theories that fuels their immersive, multimedia production. The conversation will be moderated by Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, UC Berkeley University Librarian and Chief Digital Scholarship Officer, and a professor in the UCB School of Information and the Department of Economics.

18 March 2020

SFJAZZ April 18 performance postponed

So I’m sure this comes as no surprise, but SFJAZZ is extending its postponement of all shows and education events through May 11th. My co-conspirators and I had been so looking forward to making our SFJAZZ debut on April 18 but it seems we will all have to wait a while longer. 

We look forward to playing a very very celebratory concert for our Bay Area fans once bigband concerts are a thing we can do again!

13 March 2020

COVID-19 cancellations


Please be advised that the following upcoming performances have been cancelled out of COVID-19 concerns:

March 13: Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Ogresse at the Bing Concert Hall, Stanford
March 15: Cécile McLorin Salvant’s Ogresse at Disney Hall, Los Angeles
• March 21: Secret Society + NEC Alumni Big Band at Sheen Center, NYC
• April 13: Secret Society at Dizzy’s Club, NYC

I’m deeply sorry to all those who had been looking forward to these shows, and I hope they can be rescheduled once the it is safe to do so.

Obviously, we are monitoring the situation closely, so please watch this space for updates.

Finally, many of my co-conspirators have been hit incredibly hard by these and other cancellations. Over just the past few days, they have seen all of their work for the next two months completely disappear. The life of a freelance musician in a city as expensive as New York is difficult and volatile at the best of times, and few musicians are prepared to absorb a financial blow of this magnitude. 

If you had been planning to attend any of these performances, I’d like to ask that you contribute what you would have spent on tickets and drinks to Equal Sound’s Corona Relief Fund, which provides direct financial support to musicians who have lost work due to COVID-19 cancellations:

And of course, you can also support musicians by purchasing their albums, either directly from their websites or from Bandcamp. Please help if you can — this is a dark time and we’re going to need some tunes to help us through it.