Brooklyn-based composer Darcy James Argue and his 18-piece ensemble Secret Society take the stage for a night of 21st-century Big Band rhythms.
"For a wholly original take on big band’s past, present and future, look to Darcy James Argue”—so says Newsweek’s Seth Colter Walls. The Vancouver-born, Brooklyn-based composer and bandleader has toured nationally and internationally with his 18-piece ensemble, Secret Society, garnering countless awards and nominations and reimagining what a 21st-century big band can sound like. “It’s maximalist music of impressive complexity and immense entertainment value, in your face and then in your head” writes Richard Gehr in the Village Voice. Stereophile's Fred Kaplan adds “Argue is tying together the disparate strands of music that have shaped his life and his rambling era.”
Secret Society’s performances have been celebrated for their “slashing fury and awesome full-ensemble precision” (The New York City Jazz Record), “brilliant soundscapes” (Globe and Mail) and “gorgeous musical details, maneuvers and transformations” (Ottawa Citizen). Their London Jazz Festival debut was declared “a contender for gig of the year” by The Guardian, and their performance at the Moers Festival in Germany was hailed by the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger as “one of the highlights of the 38th annual festival.”
Above: Image courtesy of James Matthew Daniel.