Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Brooklyn-based composer-bandleader Darcy James Argue, a five-time winner in the DownBeat Critics Poll, is credited with “making the big band cool again” (Time Out New York) and “reinventing the jazz big band for the 21st century” (John L. Walters, The Guardian). Active in New York with his 18-piece ensemble Secret Society since 2005, the Vancouver native first gained international recognition with his widely acclaimed 2009 debut, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records), which appeared on over 100 best-of-the-year lists, earned GRAMMY and JUNO nominations, and quickly made him one of the most talked about musicians in jazz.
In addition to appearances at venues ranging from jazz and rock clubs to such prestigious theaters as the Bimhuis, Merkin Hall, and the Kennedy Center, the group has also performed at the Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver Jazz Festivals, the Ecstatic Music Festival, the London Jazz Festival, the Moers Festival, New York’s Winter Jazzfest, the Newport Jazz Festival, and Brazil’s BMW Jazz Festival. Argue premiered his latest project, Brooklyn Babylon, an innovative multimedia collaboration with graphic artist Danijel Zezelj, over the course of four nights at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival in 2011, and has recorded the music for a 2013 release.
Critics have credited Argue with developing “a nearly perfect creative synthesis between tradition and innovation” (John Eyles, BBC.com), citing his “ambitious, sprawling, mesmerizing” compositions (Juan Rodriguez, Montreal Gazette) and celebrating his “sense of energy and renewal” (Ben Ratliff, New York Times). Time Out New York’s Hank Shteamer adds, “Argue draws on the full spectrum of modern rock, jazz and classical music” in a way that “handily transcends pastiche.” The band’s first studio recording, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records), is described by Newsweek’s Seth Colter Walls as “a wholly original take on big band’s past, present and future.” The Village Voice’s Richard Gehr calls it “maximalist music of impressive complexity and immense entertainment value, in your face and then in your head.”
7pm doors // 8pm show // 18+
$20 day of show
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