Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
The 14th of October, in the Year of Our Lord MMX No. 12
The Hillsides Dressed in Red October Leaves
Audio Has Stolen the Morning Tide
Dear Comrades,

Much time has passed since last we sent word of the Society's nefarious goings-on -- but we wish to assure our most loyal partisans that this cannot be attributed to a paucity of goings-on, nor to any insufficiency of nefariousness!

Read on for the particulars...

Upcoming Performances
TAKE DanceTonight and tomorrow (Oct. 14 & 15) at Judson Memorial Church mark the first occasions wherein my music will be realized with (intentional) choreography -- courtesy of the immensely talented choreographer Kile Hotchkiss and his capering compatriots in TAKE Dance. The production is entitled The Distance of the Moon and features lunar-inspired music by yrs truly and the other members of Pulse (a most estimable composers federation of which I am proud to belong), performed by the Pulse Chamber Ensemble. This is an invigorating production and I hope you'll join us tonight or Friday at Judson.

WDR logoThe following week, I travel to Cologne to collaborate with one of the finest ensembles anywhere, the WDR Big Band, in a recording of my original works destined for eventual radio broadcast. The focus will be on recent works (composed since the release of Infernal Machines), with additional selections from the Secret Society vaults -- none of which have yet been recorded in a studio setting. I've long admired the WDR Big Band -- East Coast Blow-Out is a formative recording for me -- so it's a tremendous honor and privelge for me to be able to work with them on my music.

London Jazz FestivalIn November, Secret Society returns to the Jazz Gallery on Nov. 12 & 13, before embarking on a short-but-sweet European tour: we make our UK debut at the London Jazz Festival on Nov. 18, (thanks to the generous support of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation) and our Italian Aperitivo in Concertodebut at Milan's Teatro Manzoni on Nov. 21, as part of the Aperitivo in Concerto series. After retunring to NYC, my co-conspirators and I round out the month at Joe's Pub on November 30 in a concert celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Manhattan New Music Project -- and to mark this august occasion, they have comissioned a new work from me to be premiered that night.

Looking ahead to 2011, we plan to enter the belly of the beltway beast -- indeed, Secret Society will stage an infiltration of Washington DC on Jan. 5, with the assitance of another insurgent large ensemble, Fight The Big Bull (venue TBA -- suggetions welcome!) The next day -- Jan. 6 -- both Brobdingnagian bands appear at Brooklyn's own Littlefield, an estimable new venue. (Speak of the devil, I was just there last night checking out John Hollenbeck's Large Ensemble.) Both concerts are presented by our friends at Search and Restore.

Last (for now) but certainly not least: on Feb. 24, Secret Society and Newspeak share the bill at the Merkin Hall's Ecstatic Music Festival. This is a very special event, featuring the premiere of the MKULTRA-inspired song cycle I am currently writing for Newpseak. And, for the first time ever, Secret Society will be performing newly written works composed by people other than myself -- namely: Vijay Iyer, Nicole Liz�e, and Newspeak's David T. Little.
� Oct. 14 & 15, 2010 -- Pulse & TAKE DANCE - The Distance of the Moon @ Judson Memorial Church, New York, NY. 8 PM.
Nov. 12 & 13, 2010 -- Secret Society @ Jazz Gallery, New York, NY. 9:00 PM & 10:30 PM.
Nov. 18, 2010 -- Secret Society @ Care Oto, London Jazz Festival. 8:45 PM.
Nov. 21, 2010 -- Secret Society @ Teatro Manzoni, Aperitivo in Concerto, Milan. 11:00 AM.
Nov. 30, 2010 -- Secret Society @ Manhattan New Music Project 20th Anniversary Celebration @ Joe's Pub, New York NY. 6:30 PM.
Jan. 5, 2011 -- Secret Society (w/Fight The Big Bull) @ venue/time TBA, Washington DC.
Jan. 6, 2011 -- Secret Society (w/Fight The Big Bull) @ Littlefield, Brooklyn, NY. 8:00 PM.
� Feb. 24, 2011 -- Secret Society (w/Newspeak) @ Merkin Hall, Ecstatic Music Festival, New York, NY. 7:30 PM.

Fall 2010 Fundraiser
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It's been two years since the last Secret Society fundraiser, during which an assemblage of excellent individuals stepped up to help us pay for the recording of our debut recording, Infernal Machines. We are extraordinary grateful to our generous contributors -- we could not have done it without you. But the fact is, we can't keep going without your continued support, either.

I've just finished telling you about some of the exciting upcoming projects we have planned: performances in London, Milan, and Washington, DC, and newly commissioned works for Secret Society by outstanding, innovative composers like Vijay Iyer, Nicole Liz�e, and David T. Little. There's more to come as well, lots of really amazing stuff I can't wait to tell you about... but in order to make all of this happen, we need your help. Your donations help us pay for our (considerable) transportation and rehearsal costs -- in a very real sense, the more money you give, the more places we can go and the better we'll sound when we get there.

Thanks to the good folks at Fractured Atlas, your contributions to Secret Society are tax-deductible. This band would not be sustainable without your support, so if you can, please give generously.

Donate Online at Fractured Atlas

We also understand that these are very difficult financial times for a great many people. Secret Society has always endeavored to offer freely downloadable live recordings -- the latest of which is a freshly-uploaded set from our Sept. 22 appearance at the Iridium. We hope you enjoy.
All of the musicians involved in Secret Society are sincerely grateful for your loyal patronage. Thank you for supporting independent art.

Be seeing you,
- Darcy James Argue
composer - conductor - ringleader
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of Darcy James Argue's Secret Society may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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