Darcy James Argue with the Rainbow Big Band
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Darcy James Argue's original take on big band's past and future comes to life with Tia Fuller's Rainbow Big Band. His band, Secret Society, has garnered international critical acclaim. Argue first made his mark with his critically acclaimed 2009 debut, Infernal Machines (New Amsterdam Records), with whom he also released 2013's Brooklyn Babylon. Both albums earned Secret Society Grammy and Juno nominations. Argue and the band have continued to receive accolades, including topping the Big Band category in the 2015 DownBeat Critics Poll.
In addition to his work with Secret Society, Argue has toured Australia and New Zealand leading the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra. He was featured in the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos’ inaugural international Jazz Composers Forum. He has led performances of his music by the WDR Big Band, the Danish Radio Big Band, the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, the Big Band Palácio das Artes, and the West Point Jazz Knights, among others. In addition, Argue has composed works for chamber duo and string quartet, art songs for Newspeak, and created arrangements for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted residencies and workshops at the University of North Texas, McGill University, Cornish College, Western Connecticut State University, and with the Western Australian Jazz Youth Orchestra, among others. In 2012, he was composer in residence for Missouri State University’s annual Composition Festival. In 2015, Argue was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition and a Doris Duke Artist Award. He has received commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation, the Jazz Gallery, the Manhattan New Music Project, the Jerome Foundation, and BAM as well as ensembles including the Danish Radio Big Band, the Hard Rubber Orchestra, the West Point Jazz Knights, and the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, New Music USA, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the Canada Council for the Arts, among others.