Darcy James Argue
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Darcy James Argue replied to Zack Sulsky's discussion Arranging Ellington: Final Submissions in the group Jazz
"Drew: you said you "tried to do some weird stuff with this and I'm not sure it worked." I will say this, you definitely succeeded in doing some weird stuff! This is an extremely ambitious and inventive re-working of "Almighty…"
Jan 24
Darcy James Argue replied to Zack Sulsky's discussion Arranging Ellington: Final Submissions in the group Jazz
"Stephanie: nice to see you on team "Almighty God" as well. I like the new piano and bass introduction you came up with, I think it makes for a more contemplative beginning. I find myself wishing, however, that you'd including more…"
Jan 24
Darcy James Argue replied to Zack Sulsky's discussion Arranging Ellington: Final Submissions in the group Jazz
"Jia Jie: I was happy to see you tackle the deep cut, "Almighty God." I appreciate the ambition, especially from someone who, as you say, has little formal training. And I'm impressed your ear has led you to such spiky bitonal-sounding…"
Jan 24
Darcy James Argue replied to Zack Sulsky's discussion Arranging Ellington: Final Submissions in the group Jazz
"Andrew: good work here! Generally very solid and effective arrangement. I like how your supporting voices don't clutter the melody. I think the bari sax is a great choice to feature on "Come Sunday." And I adore the quote from…"
Jan 24
Darcy James Argue replied to Zack Sulsky's discussion Arranging Ellington: Final Submissions in the group Jazz
"Dan: a terrifically inventive and sophisticated re-imagining of "Come Sunday!" There's a lot going on here. I like how you weave a textural style of improvisation in and out of the written music. Of course it's instructive to…"
Jan 23
Darcy James Argue replied to Zack Sulsky's discussion Arranging Ellington: Final Submissions in the group Jazz
"Mike: this is a really well-crafted arrangement. I think you found an admirable balance between expressing your own voice and allowing the strengths of the original to shine through. There are also several recognizably "Ellingtonian"…"
Jan 23
Darcy James Argue replied to Zack Sulsky's discussion Arranging Ellington: Final Submissions in the group Jazz
"Connor: I really appreciated the enthusiasm you brought to this project! I love that you were willing to challenge yourself with such an ambitious undertaking. I think your intuition led you to some interesting and non-obvious places —…"
Jan 23
Darcy James Argue replied to Zack Sulsky's discussion Arranging Ellington: Final Submissions in the group Jazz
"Hi all — it was a real privilege for me to be involved in Arranging Ellington as a guest artist. I'd just like to take a moment to thank everyone who participated in the discussion. The comments, observations, and transcriptions were all…"
Jan 23
Darcy James Argue's 3 blog posts were featured
Dec 17, 2013
Darcy James Argue's blog post was featured

Arranging Ellington: Interview with Steve Little

Greetings, all. Our deadline for Arranging Ellington submissions has passed, making a lovely whooshing sound as it flew by. As we draw to a close, I'd like to extend my deepest thanks to all of those who submitted, and to everyone who participated in this conversation. It has been a tremendously inspiring experience for me to immerse myself even more deeply into the world of a composer who means so much to me, and a genuine pleasure to share my love of Ellington's music with all of you. I look…See More
Dec 16, 2013
Darcy James Argue posted a blog post

Arranging Ellington: Interview with Steve Little

Greetings, all. Our deadline for Arranging Ellington submissions has passed, making a lovely whooshing sound as it flew by. As we draw to a close, I'd like to extend my deepest thanks to all of those who submitted, and to everyone who participated in this conversation. It has been a tremendously inspiring experience for me to immerse myself even more deeply into the world of a composer who means so much to me, and a genuine pleasure to share my love of Ellington's music with all of you. I look…See More
Dec 16, 2013
Darcy James Argue replied to Zack Sulsky's discussion Arranging Ellington: Final Submissions in the group Jazz
"Hi Andrew (and others) — for future reference, to embed SoundCloud embed links, click the "Media" button (looks like a filmstrip) and then paste the embed code into the pop-up window. Pasting the embed code into the main body of your…"
Dec 15, 2013
Darcy James Argue posted blog posts
Dec 15, 2013
Darcy James Argue replied to Zack Sulsky's discussion Arranging Ellington: Questions and Work in Progress in the group Jazz
"Hi Andrew — remember when I told you in my intro video to ignore the lead sheet? I have no idea what recording this lead sheet is based on — does anyone know? But it's certainly not based on the original, nor the version…"
Dec 14, 2013
Darcy James Argue replied to Zack Sulsky's discussion Arranging Ellington: Questions and Work in Progress in the group Jazz
"Hey Andrew — thanks for posting the audio! Let me know what you think of my earlier suggestions, which I think hold true for much of the chart. My general advice would be to make sure that you don't clutter the melody with accompaniment…"
Dec 13, 2013
Darcy James Argue replied to Zack Sulsky's discussion Arranging Ellington: Questions and Work in Progress in the group Jazz
"Hi Connor,Thanks — this is a step in the right direction. I'd recommend that you experiment with more flexible rhythms, figures, and phrasing. For instance, we get an awful lot of whole notes on beat 1 in the piano, with every harmony…"
Dec 13, 2013

Profile Information

I am a:
Performing Artist
My school is:
I studied piano at McGill (undergrad) and composition at NEC (grad). I'm currently an adjunct at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College (CUNY).
My other school or arts organization is:
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
My style(s) of music:
Blues, Classical, Country Western, Electronic, Experimental, Film, Folk, Funk, Gospel, Heavy Metal, Hip-Hop, Indie, Jazz, Latin, Pop, Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Traditional, World
I am interested in:
Composing / Arranging, Conducting, DJing, Ethnomusicology, Film Scoring / Soundtracks, Making Music Videos, Multimedia Projects, Music History, Music Theory, Performing, Recording / Producing / Engineering, Songwriting / Writing Lyrics
My other musical interests, styles, and instruments are:
infused into my music.
My favorite artists, influences, and inspirations are:
legion.
More about me:
I lead an 18-piece bigband, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society. We have released two albums on New Amsterdam Records, and we perform here in New York and around the world.

You can read much more about me and Secret Society and listen to our music at:

http://www.secretsocietymusic.org

We are on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/secretsocietymusic

I am on Twitter:

http://twitter.com/darcyjamesargue

Secret Society also has a (very) modest YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/darcyjamesargue

Darcy James Argue's Blog

Arranging Ellington: Interview with Steve Little

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Greetings, all. Our deadline for Arranging Ellington submissions has passed, making a lovely whooshing sound as it flew by. As we draw to a close, I'd like to extend my deepest thanks to all of those who submitted, and to everyone who participated in this conversation. It has been a tremendously inspiring experience for me to immerse myself even more deeply into the world of a composer who means so much to me, and a genuine pleasure to share my love of Ellington's music with all of you. I…

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Arranging Ellington: Interview with Anthony Wilson

Posted on December 15, 2013 at 2:00am 0 Comments

Dear Arranging Ellington participants: it's now Deadline Day (December 15)! That means you have until the end of today to submit your arrangement. Make sure you get it in under the wire!

 

It's also time for another interview. Today's…

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Arranging Ellington: Interview with Bill Dobbins

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 2:30am 0 Comments

Attention Arranging Ellington participants: the December 15 deadline to submit your arrangements is almost upon us. If you have any questions, please ask them in the …

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Arranging Ellington: Interview with Terry Teachout

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

A reminder to Arranging Ellington participants that you have until December 15 to submit your arrangements. Until then, I'll be monitoring the …

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At 6:59pm on October 14, 2013, Evan Taylor said…

Hey Darcy! Welcome to our community. Check out the Composing group! Think you’d love it there.

 
 
 

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