Darcy James Argue with the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra
Darcy James Argue (conductor); Heiner Wiberny, Frank Sackenheim, Claudius Valk, Niels Klein, Marcus Bartelt (saxophone); Max von Einem, Ben Degen, Andreas Schickentanz, Wolf Schenk (trombone); Jan Schneider, Ralf Hesse, Matthias Knoop, Christian Winninghoff (trumpet); Norbert Scholly (guitar); Jürgen Friedrich (piano, keyboard); Volker Heinze (bass); Jens Düppe (drums).
Sat 10 July 2010 18:00 - 19:15 Missouri
Photo by Lindsay Beyerstein 2009
A much talked-about jazz musician: Darcy James Argue, who is not only the leader of a big band that performs remarkable music, but is also known for his unusual way of presenting it. His American band is called Secret Society and its debut album - dubbed best debut of 2009 by the Jazz Critics Poll of the Village Voice - was named Infernal Machines. According to the New York Times, his sound not only flirts with Steve Reich's minimalism, but also with the way Bob Brookmeyer works with big bands. For the record: Brookmeyer used to be a mentor of James Argue. But the young Canadian also combines influences of many musical styles in his pieces: rock, jazz, classical and modern music. His compositions are often complex and filled with many emotions. At the North Sea Jazz Festival, he will perform his work with the aid of a European orchestra, as part of the "Global Brooklyn, N.Y." theme.