Darcy James Argue's Secret Society's BROOKLYN BABYLON Out Today
Brooklyn-based composer-bandleader Darcy James Argue and his innovative 18-piece big band Secret Society today release their highly anticipated sophomore album Brooklyn Babylon on New Amsterdam Records. The ensemble will celebrate the release with performances in Boston, Washington DC, and Holland; Argue will also join the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra on their 10th Anniversary tour throughout Australia as well as the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos in Portugal. (All tour dates below.)
Brooklyn Babylon was conceived in collaboration with Croatian-born visual artist Danijel Zezelj, whose narrative inspired Argue's mash-up of musical styles: progressive jazz, early-American popular styles, Balkan folk musics, and the sounds of Brooklyn's diverse contemporary music scene (including LCD Soundsystem, Dirty Projectors and more).
Zezelj's artwork places the action in a larger-than-life, mythic Brooklyn, where past, present, and future coexist. Plans are afoot to construct an immense tower - the tallest in the world - right in the heart of the city. Lev Bezdomni, a master carpenter, finds himself torn between his personal ambition and his allegiance to the community when he is commissioned to build the carousel that will crown it.
A forthcoming limited-edition hardcover graphic novel by Zezelj, entitled Babilon, will be available in conjunction with the release.
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society live: