#3181: New Sounds Live: Big and Bigger Bands

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Recorded live at Merkin Hall as part of the New Sounds Live concert series, together with the Ecstatic Music Festival mere weeks ago, listen to premiere works by the 8-piece ensemble Newspeak and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, the 18-piece big band.  Mind control experiments and conspiracy theories are the subject matter for these brand-new pieces, and there might be works by Vijay Iyer and Nicole Lizée as well. 

Hear the premiere of Darcy James Argue’s The Sleep Room, Part 1, the first-ever commissioned work by the big band rising star composer and arranger for an ensemble other than his own. The “other” group, is an eight-piece, high-powered electric chamber ensemble, Newspeak, led by David T. Little.  Conversely, Argue and his acclaimed 18-piece big band, Secret Society, perform a world premiere written by Little called “Conspiracy Theory.”  

PROGRAM #3181, New Sounds Live: Big & Bigger Bands    (First aired on 3-15-11)                





Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Live at Merkin Hall, 2/24/2011

Darcy James Argue: Phobos [14:07]

This performance not commercially available, but Phobos appears on “Infernal Machines,” on New Amsterdam NWAM017 newamsterdamrecords.com


Darcy James Argue: The Sleep Room, 1 [23:10]

This performance not commercially available.

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

David T. Little: Conspiracy Theory [10:21]

This performance not commercially available.


Fallen Monuments

Kid Icarus (Little Jam), excerpt

New Amsterdam NWAM018 newamsterdamrecords.com
Or download from Bandcamp: itsnotyouitsme.bandcamp.com