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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society

Born: May 23    Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society

A rising bandleader on the New York jazz scene, Darcy James Argue directs Secret Society, a dynamic 18-piece band featuring his original works. The group includes fiery soloists like trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, saxophonist Erica vonKleist, and trombonist Ryan Keberle. Secret Society is a cutting-edge group, in the lineage of the Maria Schneider Orchestra and the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, but also evoking the cinematic sweep of indie bands like Tortoise and TV On The Radio, and the rogue spirit of DIY new music groups like Anti-Social Music. Secret Society have performed at a variety of NYC venues including The Jazz Gallery, Makor, Union Hall, Flux Factory, Bowery Poetry Club, and the late CBGB....
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“Infernal Machines stands defiant, updating the big band tradition for the new millennium while presenting exciting possibilities for the future.” --Troy Collins, All About Jazz

“A big, broad musical vocabulary came together easily, without jump-cutting or wrenching shifts of style. Mr. Argue made all these elements belong together naturally.”

--Ben Ratliff, New York Times

“Clearly some of the most ambitious and compelling sounds I've ever encountered in the past 40 years.”

--Juan Rodriguez, Montreal Gazette

“The music was full of large-scale, intricate designs [...] built on some of the best lessons of Charles Mingus and Bob Brookmeyer, not only in harmony and structure but also in momentum, in moving a piece forward. [...]. A big, broad musical vocabulary came together easily, without jump-cutting or wrenching shifts of style. Mr. Argue made all these elements belong together naturally.”

--Ben Ratliff, New York Times

“This powerful and well-stocked ensemble juxtaposes postwar big-band conventions with ideas borrowed from indie rock, classical Minimalism, and a handful of other idiomatic regions. The results are well worth hearing.”

--Nate Chinen, New York Times

“Clearly some of the most ambitious and compelling sounds I've ever encountered in the past 40 years.”

--Juan Rodriguez, Montreal Gazette

“Inspiring.”

--Ethan Iverson, pianist, The Bad Plus

“It was like hearing Duke Ellington and minimalism and Tortoise and Funkadelic and Elliott Carter and much else besides melding into one floating, shifting, dodging music.”

--Carl Wilson, zoilus.com

“Darcy James Argue is a bright young mind in jazz.”

--Josh Jackson, WBGO Radio

“Lucky for us, there's always been a handful of artists willing to tilt at windmills, intoxicated by a large ensemble's broad palette and dynamic heft. The latest leader to create a stir downtown is Darcy James Argue.”

--Steve Smith, Time Out New York

“Darcy James Argue's music delights in the anachronism of the big band in a post-punk musical environment.”

--Frank J. Oteri, New Music Box

“A talent of the first order, already on a par with his mentors Maria Schneider and John Hollenbeck.”

--Peter Matthews, Feast Of Music

“When you listen to the music you are transported to a sinister yet beautiful world, a past that never was.”

--Magpie Killjoy, Steampunk Magazine

“Sam Sadigursky blew a passionate solo over a rhythm section that has become scarily good; the climax captured the cinematic sweep of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, all sunburst, breeze and melting joy.

“Argue's charts are smart and tuneful, tough on players, and incredibly gracious to listeners. And some bright publisher should be pushing his compositions to college jazz bands--hard. I know I'd have killed to play music like this.”

--Steve Smith, Night After Night

“Darcy James Argue's big band skillfully realizes the leader's mature, emotive compositions and thick arrangements.”

--Hank Shteamer, Time Out New York

“Darcy James Argue has developed an experimental yet accessible voice as a composer. His gifts are outstanding.”

--Bob Brookmeyer, composer

As a Leader

Infernal Machines
New Amsterdam Records
2009
Tracks: Phobos; Zeno; Transit; Redeye; Jacobin Club; Habeas Corpus; Obsidian Flow
Personnel: Erica vonKleist (flute, alto flute, soprano and alto saxophones), Rob Wilkerson (flute, clarinet, soprano and alto saxophones), Sam Sadigursky (clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophones), Mark Small (clarinet, bass clarinet and tenor saxophone), Josh Sinton (clarinet, bass clarinet and baritone saxophone), Seneca Black (lead trumpet), Ingrid Jensen (trumpet), Laurie Frink (trumpet), Nadje Noordhuis (trumpet), Tom Goehring (trumpet), Ryan Keberle (trombone), Mike Fahie (trombone), James Hirschfeld (trombone), Jennifer Wharton (bass trombone), Sebastian Noelle (acoustic and electric guitars), Mike Holober (piano and electric piano), Matt Clohesy (contrabass and electric bass), Jon Wikan (drum set, cajon, pandeiro and percussion).

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Primary Instrument:
Composer/conductor

Location:
Brooklyn, NY

Credentials/Background:
Composition, arranging, orchestration, theory, songwriting, ear training, music notation software (Finale & Sibelius)

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Composition, arranging, orchestration, music notation software (Finale & Sibelius)

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