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Saturday, August 26 - Flux Factory - 10:30 PM. Part of the annual 3 Quarks Daily bash. $5 cover. 38-38 43rd St., Long Island City, Queens. (Directions. Map.)

Sunday, August 27 - Union Hall - 8:00 PM. $10 cover. 702 Union Street @ 5th Ave., Brooklyn, NY. (Directions. Map.)


Secret Society, an 18-piece band led by composer Darcy James Argue, will venture outside of their usual downtown haunts for gigs in Queens and Brooklyn this weekend. Argue has been hailed by Steve Smith of Time Out New York as a "sophisticated composer" and a "stunningly skilled bandleader," whose band is "stocked fat with exceptional players."

First, on Saturday, August 26, Secret Society will appear at Flux Factory in Long Island City, as the house band for the annual party hosted by popular science and culture blog 3 Quarks Daily. Flux Factory is located at 38-38 43rd Street, Queens. Doors are at 9:00 PM, and Secret Society goes on at 10:30 PM. Cover is $5.

Then on Sunday, August 27, the band will play Park Slope's newest music venue, Union Hall, a club that's been attracting buzz for both the indoor bocce courts upstairs and the indie rock shows downstairs. Union Hall is at 702 Union Street (at 5th Avenue), Brooklyn. Doors are at 7:00 PM, music at 8:00 PM. Cover is $10.

Secret Society is a forward-looking group, influenced by contemporary big bands such as those led by Maria Schneider and John Hollenbeck, but also by atmospheric indie rock groups like Tortoise and Broken Social Scene, and innovative new music ensembles like Anti-Social Music and Alarm Will Sound.

The group appearing at Flux Factory and Union Hall includes many players who have longstanding ties to Argue's music but will be making their first appearance with Secret Society � most notably, drummer Richie Barshay, who has spent the last three years touring with Herbie Hancock. But back in 2001, when they were both students at New England Conservatory, Barshay played Argue's music extensively, including on Argue's graduate recital. "I first met Richie when he was just seventeen years old, and it was clear from the start that he was a phenomenally talented and sensitive musician," recounts Argue. "Obviously, Herbie felt the same way, because he snapped him up just a few years later. Richie was the drummer on the original performances of many of my charts, so it's a real thrill to invite him back to play these reunion gigs with Secret Society." Other players new to the Society, but not to Argue's music, include trumpeters Matt Shulman and Jacob Varmus, saxophonists Aaron Irwin and Mark Small, and bassist Ike Sturm.

Argue also writes a popular blog which hosts audio and photos from previous Secret Society performances, along with reviews and commentary on the New York jazz community and the greater musical/cultural scene. "3 Quarks is one of my favorite blogs, and I think it's only fitting that they chose another blogger to play this event," says Argue. "I think it's important for jazz musicians reach out to audiences that are actively engaged in the city's cultural scene, but don't necessary frequent jazz clubs. This gig at Flux Factory presents an ideal opportunity for us do just that. There's a similar thing going on with our appearance at Union Hall � here's a venue that has quickly established a reputation for booking some of the best indie rock bands in the city, but this is the first time they've included a jazz group on their roster. I'm happy to be their guinea pig, and I hope we can win some converts."

The Secret Society roster for July 7 is: Aaron Irwin, Rob Wilkerson, Mark Small, Sam Sadigursky, Josh Sinton (reeds); Matt Shulman, Jacob Varmus, James De La Garza, Tom Goehring, Dave Rezek (trumpets); Alan Ferber, Ben Griffin, Mike Fahie, Darrell Hendricks (trombones); Sebastian Noelle (guitar); Mike Holober (piano); Ike Sturm (bass); Richie Barshay (drums). For more information, click here.


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