Darcy James Argue, BMus’97, is the composer behind Brooklyn Babylon, an album critics have praised for its contemporary take on big-band jazz.
The 17-track, 53-minute release sees Argue, together with his 18-piece band, the Secret Society, chronicle a fictive plot to build the biggest tower in the world in the heart of the New York City borough from which the album takes its name. The Montreal Gazette’s Juan Rodriguez calls the work “absorbing to the max” and says it is “one of the rare pieces of instrumental music that actually tells a story through structured sound.”
Argue, 38, hails from Vancouver. After graduating from McGill, he studied composition at the New England Conservatory in Boston. His last release with the Secret Society, 2009’s Infernal Machines, was nominated for a Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year.