Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Day 06, 21h30
Darcy James Argue (direction)
Dave Pietro . flauta and saxs
Darcy James . flauta, clarinete and saxs
Sam Sadigursky . clarinetes and sax tenor
María Grand . clarinetes sax tenor
Carl Maraghi . clarinetes, sax baritono
Nick Marchione . trompete,
Sam Hoyt . trompete,
Matt Holman . trompete,
Nadje Noordhuis . trompete,
David Smith . trompete,
Mike Fahie . trombone
Ryan Keberle . trombone
Kalia Vandever . trombone, tuba
Jeff Nelson . trombone baixo, tuba
Sebastian Noelle . guitarra acústica & eléctrica
Adam Birnbaum . piano acústico & eléctrico, FM synth
Matt Clohesy . contrabaixo & baixo eléctrico, synth baixo
Jon Wikan . drum and percussão
Vernil Rogers . técn. som
Argue was born in Vancouver, Canada, on May 23, 1975. He studied at McGill University in Montreal from 1993-1998, and in 2000 he moved to the U.S. to study composition at New England Conservatory of Music with jazz composer Bob Brookmeyer. Following his studies at New England Conservatory, Argue moved to Brooklyn in 2003.
In 2005, Argue founded Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, an eighteen-piece big band. In 2009, the group released their first studio album, Infernal Machines, on New Amsterdam Records, an independent record label in New York City. The album received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album and a Juno Award nomination in Canada for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. It was recognized multiple times in the Downbeat magazine Critics’ Poll and included on annual lists at The New York Times, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Paste, and the Ottawa Citizen.
The Society’s second album, Brooklyn Babylon (2013), received Grammy and Juno Award nominations. It won the top positions for Arranger and Big Band in the 2013 Downbeat Critics’ Poll, was named Best Album of 2013 by The New Republic, and included in the Top 10 Albums of the 2013 NPR Music Jazz Critics’ Poll.
The Society’s third album, Real Enemies (New Amsterdam, 2016) received a Grammy nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.
In addition to his work with Secret Society, Argue has toured Australia and New Zealand leading the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra and was featured in the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos’ inaugural international Jazz Composers Forum. He has led performances of his music by the WDR Big Band, the Danish Radio Big Band, the Frankfurt Radio Bigband, the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, the Big Band Palácio das Artes, and the West Point Jazz Knights. Argue has composed works for chamber duo and string quartet, art songs for Newspeak, and created arrangements for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted residencies and workshops at the University of North Texas, McGill University, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Cornish College, Western Connecticut State University, and with the Western Australian Jazz Youth Orchestra, among others. In 2012, he was composer-in-residence for Missouri State University’s annual Composition Festival.
In 2015, Argue was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition and a Doris Duke Artist Award.