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23 April 2019

Secret Society @ Jazz Standard, Apr. 23-24


Photo: Luis Godinho

My co-conspirators and I have been summoned to fortify the ramparts at Jazz Standard. Our vigil begins this very eve, and we will take up our positions anew the following night. We’ll be performing a broad spectrum of Secret Society music, including some unrecorded rarities. We hope you’ll join our ranks for this epic two-night encounter.

Tuesday, April 23 & Wednesday April 24 — sets at 7:30 & 9:30 PM

CO-CONSPIRATORS
WINDS
Dave Pietro
Rob Wilkerson
Sam Sadigursky
John Ellis
Carl Maraghi (Apr. 23) / Brian Landrus (Apr. 24)

TRUMPETS
Seneca Black
Nathan Eklund
Matt Holman
Nadje Noordhuis
David Smith

TROMBONES
Mike Fahie
Natalie Cressman
Kalia Vandever
Jennifer Wharton

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

COMPOSER-CONDUCTOR-RINGLEADER
Darcy James Argue


28 December 2018

Secret Society @ Jazz Gallery, Jan. 11 & 12, 2019


Secret Society’s inaugural incursion of the Year of Our Lord MMXIX will take place at The Jazz Gallery, a favored venue for my co-conspirators and I for over eleven years now. We’ll be performing there on Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 12, with sets at 7:30 & 9:30 PM each night, performing music from all eras of Secret Society alongside several seldom-heard unrecorded works. We’ll also be welcoming some newly inaugurated co-conspirators into the fold. We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate another revolution around the sun, and greet the new day with euphonious spectacle.

CO-CONSPIRATORS

WINDS
Dave Pietro
Rob Wilkerson
Sam Sadigursky
John Ellis
Carl Maraghi

TRUMPETS
Seneca Black
David Smith (Jan. 11) / Jonathan Powell (Jan. 12)
Matt Holman
Rachel Therrien
Riley Mulherkar

TROMBONES
Mike Fahie
Ryan Keberle (Jan. 11) / Natalie Cressman (Jan. 12)
Jacob Garchik
Jennifer Wharton

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



26 September 2018

Secret Society @ Jazz Gallery, 3 Oct 2018


 

We’re very pleased to announce that Secret Society will be returning to one of our very favorite places to play, The Jazz Gallery, on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Sets are at 7:30 & 9:30 PM and tickets can be had here.

CO-CONSPIRATORS
WINDS
Dave Pietro
Alexa Tarantino
Sam Sadigurksy
María Grand
Carl Maraghi

TRUMPETS
Nick Marchione
Sam Hoyt
Matt Holman
Nadje Noordhuis
David Smith

TROMBONES
Mike Fahie
Ryan Keberle
Kalia Vandever
Jeff Nelson

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


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
John Popham 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