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Darcy James Argue

New Sounds

Music for Big Bands

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

From Bjork’s sleeper hit, “It’s Oh So Quiet” from the 1990’s, to much more recent big band recordings, like that of the German-based Monika Roscher Bigband, listen to horns a-plenty in clever arrangements on this New Sounds.  Roscher is a German electric guitarist, singer, and big band leader, of an atypical big band, which sometimes incorporates more exciting, innovative possibilities that might have come from techno or punk.  Roscher says of her 18-piece band, “We’re experimental, and a bit weird. It can be a shock, if you’re not expecting it.” She also has been known to perform in hoods & masks.

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New Sounds

New Sounds Live: Big and Bigger Bands

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Recorded live at Merkin Hall as part of the New Sounds Live concert series, together with the Ecstatic Music Festival in 2011, 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.

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Studio 360

Mel Brooks & Big Band Brooklyn

Friday, May 03, 2013

How did a poor kid from Brooklyn escape life as a shipping clerk and instead become Mel Brooks? Even Mel Brooks isn’t too sure, but “If you’ve got your mother’s love,” he tells Kurt Andersen, “you can’t go wrong.” Meanwhile, jazz composer Darcy James Argue conjures another, imaginary Brooklyn in ...

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Studio 360

Darcy James Argue's Big Band

Friday, May 03, 2013

Darcy James Argue’s new album Brooklyn Babylon is one of the most anticipated jazz albums of the year. But Argue wondered if he should even record it. “I thought long and hard whether this would work as a record,” he tells Kurt Andersen, because Brooklyn Babylon was originally a score ...

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New Sounds

New Sounds Live: Big and Bigger Bands

Friday, June 22, 2012

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.

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Cued Up

Shhh... Secret News

Sunday, March 06, 2011

This Sunday, Q2 offers live performances by two high-impact bandsembles from New Sounds Live and the Ecstatic Music Festival: the politically conscious Newspeak and Darcy James Argue's left-field big band Secret Society.

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Q2 Music Live Concerts

Live Web cast: Newspeak and Secret Society

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Q2 brings you a live audio Web cast from Merkin Concert Hall hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer. The evening features the eight-piece, high-octane ensemble Newspeak alongside Darcy James Argue's Secret Society.

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