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Darcy James Argue Secret Society

New Sounds

Big Bands, New Sounds-Style

Monday, April 28, 2014

We’re all about music for big bands on this New Sounds, and that’s certainly not the 1930’s swing bands.  Listen for elements of rock, classical, and minimalism to crop up in music from Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society.  We’ll also hear one or two arrangements of Bjork tunes by Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra.  Plus, there’s also a long-form suite of music from John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, along with music from the Industrial Jazz Group as well.

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New Sounds

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Sunday, August 04, 2013

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.

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New Sounds

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Monday, July 16, 2012

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.

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New Music for Sax(es)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

For this New Sounds, we'll sample some music from the recording, "Infernal Machines" by the incredibly versatile Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, a big band that dips into jazz territory and the minimalist section of new music.  Also, there are songs and poetry about the Q train from saxophonist/composer Roy Nathanson, music from Sex Mob, something from  drummer/composer John Hollenbeck, and more.

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New Sounds

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

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, 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.  

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New Sounds

New Music for Sax(es)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

For this New Sounds, we'll sample some music from the incredibly versatile Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society - it's a big band that dips into jazz territory and the minimalist section of new music - and has just released a brand new recording, called "Infernal Machines."

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