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On Monday, October 19th, SearchAndRestore.com will present Brooklyn Big Band Bonanza, a celebration of innovative big bands organized by acclaimed composer Darcy James Argue, at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Performers will include Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, Andrew Durkin’s Industrial Jazz Group and Argue’s own acclaimed 18-piece steampunk big band, Secret Society, which will headline the event. All three bands are led by composers working to reinvigorate the big band format for the 21st Century by integrating influences from a wide variety of other sounds and genres.
“Monday night has long been the traditional big band night in New York,” Argue explains, “so it seemed like it could be fun to take a Monday night at a rock club and use that for a non-traditional big band showcase. The Bjorkestra, the Industrial Jazz Group, and Secret Society represent three very distinct approaches to the project of re-imagining the classic jazz big band. But we’re all trying, in our own way, to engage with stuff that’s outside of the jazz tradition and make it our own, whether it’s by lovingly deconstructing songs like Björk’s ‘Hyperballad’, posing existential questions like ‘Should I Play in the Industrial Jazz Group or in Christina Aguilera’s Band?’ or juxtaposing Bernard Purdie grooves with bulería patterns.”
A native of Vancouver, and former member of the Montreal jazz scene, Argue moved to New York in 2003 after earning a Master’s Degree in Boston while studying with legendary composer Bob Brookmeyer. Since the debut of Secret Society in 2005, he has become one of the most visible and respected musicians in New York, as well as one of the jazz world’s most prolific and influential bloggers. His recent career highlights include the release of his widely celebrated debut, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records), profiles in publications such as the New York Observer, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal and the Village Voice, and three nominations in this year’s Jazz Journalists Association Awards.
The Bell House is located at 149 7th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) in the Gowanus area of Park Slope in Brooklyn. Venue information is available at http://www.thebellhouseny.com or by calling (718) 643-6510. Music will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and will be available in advance online through TicketWeb.