Darcy James Argue: His Secret Society
DJA: At the Jazz Gallery in December, I'm very fortunate to be part of the Jazz Gallery's Large Ensemble Commissioning Series, along side some of my favorite composers like Sherisse Rogers, Pedro Giraudo and David Binney and John Ellis. I'll be composing some new music for that concert. Some of that music is definitely going to make its way onto the record, along with a lot of our existing compositions.
It was very difficult to try and narrow it down to exactly what we were going to do on the record. There's a lot more material than can possibly fit on the CD or that we have time to record. I think I've finally got the tune selection narrowed down. But there will definitely be some new music alongside some of the stuff we've been doing at our gigs.
AAJ: When will the CD be done?
DJA: One of the great things about a label like New Amsterdam is that because they are a young, upstart label, they are flexible in terms of the turnaround time. A lot of people record, then it's over a year before it sees the light of day. This is all going to be done very quickly,.
We'll be recording in December. We'll be mixing and mastering in January and February. The actual release date is going to be early May. There is actually going to be a New Amsterdam marathon, a three-day festival at Galapagos (Art Space in New York City) and our CD release party is going to be a part of that, which I'm excited about. It's a privilege to be on a label like New Amsterdam with so many of my favorite New York players who also have releases on that label, including Sam Sadigursky, who plays in our band. It's been a good experience.
AAJ: I know your elbows deep in this project, but what about future goals?
DJA: It seems almost impossible to imagine, but I would love for this band to be self-sustaining. I would love for me to be able to work on Secret Society music all the time and be able to take the band out on the road and focus my attention 100 percent on composing for the group. This is the biggest challenge for any musician in the 21st century is time management, especially when it comes to work that's going to pay the bills versus work you are artistically and personally committed to and is meaningful. At some point, perhaps in the distant future, I would love to be able to focus my attention on this band full time.
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Ensemble Photo: Dani Gurgel
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