Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
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Darcy James Argue
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Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

APR 16–19 | Big Band Week

Apr 18, 2020
Miner Auditorium
SatApr 18
7:30 PM

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“It’s maximalist music of impressive complexity and immense entertainment value, in your face and then in your head” (Village Voice). Darcy James Argue has his finger on the pulse of the republic, and his prognosis is dire. With his innovative 18-piece big band Secret Society the award-winning Brooklyn-based composer and bandleader has delved into the nation’s roiling subconscious with his project Real Enemies, a 13-movement exploration of plots and paranoia inspired by Kathryn Olmsted’s 2009 book Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11.

Featuring some of New York’s most incisive improvisers, the Secret Society navigates Argue’s far-flung orchestral palette with grace and precision. Coursing with generational touchstones and oblique references, his music encompasses Sun Ra’s psychedelic space-jazz, the disquieting film scores of Michael Small (The Parallax View) and David Shire (All The President’s Men), the synth-fueled grooves of early 1980’s LA funk-inflected hip hop, and much more. Argue seemed to arrive on the jazz scene out of nowhere with his extraordinary 2009 debut album Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records), a project that instantly established him as a 21st century big band visionary. He’s continued to advance the art form with his own work and collaborations, such as conducting and arranging for Cécile McLorin Salvant’s original song cycle Ogresse, which premiered at The Met in 2018 and has its West Coast debut with SFJAZZ in March 2020 at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre.

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His music encompasses Sun Ra’s psychedelic space-jazz, the disquieting film scores of Michael Small (The Parallax View) and David Shire (All The President’s Men), the synth-fueled grooves of early 1980’s LA funk-inflected hip hop, and much more.

WITH GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM
Bill & Margie Holdnak

An intense will to do something contemporary with the whole idea of big-band music, blending the lessons of Charles Mingus and Steve Reich and TV on the Radio.

The New York Times

An intense will to do something contemporary with the whole idea of big-band music, blending the lessons of Charles Mingus and Steve Reich and TV on the Radio.

The New York Times

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