Jazz.com: Darcy James Argue At The Moers Festival

July 6, 2009
© 2009 Oliver Heisch/Moers Festival

© 2009 Oliver Heisch/Moers Festival

In his July 5th review of the Moers Festival for Jazz.com, Stuart Nicholson writes:

“Since their New York debut in May 2005, word-of-mouth, the Internet and latterly the press have created a buzz around Argue and on the strength of the Moers performance, it has been for good reason. Their concert was the highlight of the whole four day event, and it came complete with an encore and standing ovation. It sounded and felt as if an important voice in jazz had arrived.”

Darcy James Argue Featured In Newsweek

April 25, 2009
Photo by Lindsay Beyerstein

Photo by Lindsay Beyerstein

Composer Darcy James Argue is featured in the May 4th issue of Newsweek.

“For a wholly original take on big band’s past, present and future, look to Darcy James Argue, a 33-year-old Brooklynite who has composed a batch of manifestoes that draws on past legacies, and adds a little postpunk energy to boot,” writes Seth Colter Walls.

“Argue’s tunes can command your attention anywhere—no small feat in our media-saturated world. He and his 18-piece Secret Society band pull off the trick by pairing electro-influenced rhythms with fuzzed-out guitars, fearsome horns and chamber-music voicings in the woodwinds. For all this panstylistic erudition, though, Argue’s music still swings hard whenever it wants.”

Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records), the debut studio release from Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, will be released May 12.

The official CD release party will be May 8th at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, to be followed by live dates at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam (May 28th), Domicil in Dortmund, Germany (May 29th), the Moers Festival in Moers, Germany (May 31st), and the International House in Philadelphia, PA (June 5th) as part of the Ars Nova Workshop series.

Argue, a Vancouver native, will also premiere a new, specially commissioned work at Canada’s National Jazz Awards on May 14th to be performed by the all-star Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra.