Although there is a link to his website in our blogroll (at the extreme south end of the right column), it has been too long since we’ve caught up with Darcy James Argue and his Secret Society. That big band of brash young New Yorkers is less of a secret these days than when we first encountered it a couple of years ago. Now, they win polls and sell records. They also occasionally travel out of town.
If you’re interested in knowing something of the thinking of one element of the young artists who are helping to shape the future of music, this video from January at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, makes a few disclosures. The band’s roster follows the clip. The piece is Argue’s “Phobos.” He is the conductor. Jon Wikan gets things underway and ends them with his cajon, the box-like Peruvian percussion instrument of which he has become a master.
Trumpets: Seneca Black, Tom Goehring, Matt Holman, Nadje Noordhuis, David Smith.
Trombones: Noah Bless, Tim Sessions, Kevin Moehringer, Jennifer Wharton.
Guitar: Sebastian Noelle.
Piano & Keyboards: Red Wierenga.
Bass: Matt Clohesy.
Drums & Percussion: Jon Wikan.