#3191: Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

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Composer Darcy James Argue thinks big.  His band, The Secret Society, is a 17- or 18-piece ensemble (there were 18 this time) brass-heavy big band, with electric guitar, bass, keys and drums.  The band was formed to play Argue’s music, but in our New Sounds Live concert at Merkin Hall, on February 24, 2011, that changed.  In an appropriately big way.  The band presented world premieres by three different composers – none of them named Darcy James Argue.  Tonight, we’ll hear the first performances of “Three Fragments” by award-winning, big-brained jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer, and “Lock The Door, Swallow The Key,” a stomping work from the gifted young Canadian composer Nicole Lizee.

PROGRAM #3191, from New Sounds Live at Merkin Hall             (First aired on 4-6-11)





Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

New Sounds Live, Merkin Hall, Feb 24, 2011

Nicole Lizee: Lock the Door, Throw Away the Key [14:40]

Vijay Iyer: Three Fragments [15:00]

Darcy James Argue: Obisidian Flow [9:53]

The Secret Society’s CD of Argue’s music is called Infernal Machines; his piece is on it.  The Lizee and Iyer works have not been commercially recorded yet.  http://secretsociety.typepad.com/darcy_james_argues_secret/infernal-machines.html

Nicole Lizée

This Will Not Be Televised

Jupiter Moon Menace, excerpt [4:30]