Reminder: Darcy James Argue At Le Poisson Rouge July 15th

July 14, 2009
© 2009 Oliver Heisch/Moers Festival

© 2009 Oliver Heisch/Moers Festival

On Wednesday, July 15th, composer/conductor Darcy James Argue will perform at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge with his 18-piece steampunk big band, Secret Society.

This event, the group’s first concert in its native New York since the release of its acclaimed debut, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records), will feature the American premiere of “Hard Up on the Down Low”, a new commissioned piece Argue unveiled at Canada’s National Jazz Awards in May.

He describes the composition, which showcases longtime collaborator Ingrid Jensen’s electronically processed trumpet, as “a cheery little anthem of global financial collapse. It’s built around two Bernard Purdie beats that have been juxtaposed to create a quasi-bulería pattern.”

Its original performance, prior to his being awarded the SOCAN/CAJE Phil Nimmons Emerging Composer Award by the man himself, featured Argue conducting the all-star Darcy Hepner Orchestra. This is the first time it will be played live by his own ensemble, which the Wall Street Journal‘s Martin Johnson calls “one of the leading new big bands in jazz.”

Noted independent radio station WFMU will record the concert for future broadcast.


Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society At Le Poisson Rouge July 15th

July 1, 2009
© 2009 Oliver Heisch/Moers Festival

© 2009 Oliver Heisch/Moers Festival

On Wednesday, July 15th at 7:30 p.m., composer/conductor Darcy James Argue will perform at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge with his 18-piece steampunk big band, Secret Society.

This event, the group’s first concert in its native New York since the release of its acclaimed debut, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records), will feature the American premiere of “Hard Up on the Down Low”, a commissioned piece Argue premiered at Canada’s National Jazz Awards in May.

He describes the piece, which showcases longtime collaborator Ingrid Jensen’s electronically processed trumpet, as “a cheery little anthem of global financial collapse. It’s built around two Bernard Purdie beats that have been juxtaposed to create a quasi-bulería pattern.”

Its original performance, prior to his being awarded the SOCAN/CAJE Phil Nimmons Emerging Composer Award by the man himself, featured Argue conducting the all-star Darcy Hepner Orchestra. This is the first time it will be played live by his own ensemble, which the Wall Street Journal‘s Martin Johnson calls “one of the leading new big bands in jazz.”

Noted independent radio station WFMU will record the concert for future broadcast.

“Argue’s tunes can command your attention anywhere,” writes Newsweek‘s Seth Colter Walls, “no small feat in our media-saturated world.” Critics have called him “a masterful tunesmith” (Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com), “an exciting stylist with an abundance of ideas” (James Hale, Jazz Chronicles) and “an indefatigable young composer” (Nate Chinen, New York Times).

The BBC’s John Eyles adds, “Secret Society achieves a nearly perfect creative synthesis between tradition and innovation, without obvious tensions. Darcy James Argue has created a big band for the twenty-first century that builds on the strengths of the past while using the genre to produce dynamic contemporary music.

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 profiles in publications such as Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal and the Village Voice, three nominations in this year’s Jazz Journalists Association Awards and performances at such notable European venues as the Bimhuis in Amsterdam and the legendary Moers Festival in Germany. Learn more at http://secretsociety.typepad.com


Weasel Walter/Mary Halvorson/Peter Evans: Live at WFMU

May 15, 2009
Weasel Walter, Peter Evans and Mary Halvorson Live at WFMU

Weasel Walter, Peter Evans and Mary Halvorson Live at WFMU

The Weasel Walter/Mary Halvorson/Peter Evans live set, heard on WFMU’s The Long Really with Scott McDowell Wednesday night, is now available for your free listening pleasure anytime.


Taylor Ho Bynum/Tomas Fujiwara Duo Live on WFMU

March 26, 2009
Photo by Scott Friedlander

Photo by Scott Friedlander

Last night’s episode of WFMU’s The Long Rally hosted by Scott McDowell featured a live set from the longstanding duo of cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and drummer Tomas Fujiwara.

The pair played six tunes, including selections from its 2007 release, True Events (482 Music).

Click here to listen to the entire show.  

Their live set begins 12 minutes in.


Mary Halvorson Trio Live On WFMU

December 18, 2008
Mary Halvorson Trio in the WFMU studio

Mary Halvorson Trio in the WFMU studio

The Mary Halvorson Trio‘s live performance on WFMU’s The Long Rally, recorded on Wednesday, December 10th, can now be heard on the station’s Web site.

The set included performances of three pieces from the band’s acclaimed debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records), as well as a new piece called “No. 11”. 

Check out the music, available as individual MP3’s, here.


Mary Halvorson Trio To Perform Live On WFMU December 10th

December 9, 2008

On Wednesday night, guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson will bring her working trio, featuring bassist John Hebert and drummer Ches Smith, to the WFMU studio for a live performance on The Long Rally, hosted by Scott McDowell, as the group continues to celebrate its acclaimed debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records).  

The show begins at 11:00 p.m. EST.  If you’re not within earshot of the Jersey City, NJ station’s radio signal, the program can be heard live via Web stream or at a later date once the show has been archived online.