Today's featured co-conspirator is Mike Fahie, who has been active as a trombonist, composer, and bandleader in New York for the past eight years. An Ottawa native, Mike began his professional career in Montreal, working as a first-call trombonist with numerous artists, including the legendary Canadian composer/pianist Vic Vogel, prolific salsa producer Jesus “El Nino” Alejandro, and singer Ranee Lee. In late 2000, Mike moved to New York City to pursue a Master’s Degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where he was the first ever Candian Fulbright Scholar in the field of jazz. Mike has collaborated with many up-and-coming jazz musicians in New York, including Will Vinson, Jason Rigby, Jeff Davis, Ryan Keberle, Scott Dubois, and others.
In 2003, Mike was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trombone Competition. Mike’s developing passion for composition led him to create the Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra. He is the principal trombonist of the Gramercy Brass Orchestra, and is also in their highly acclaimed Principal Quintet. He has a regular small group with legendary trumpet player John McNeil, and has performed with Ingrid Jensen, Jon Cowherd, Pedro Giraudo, Alan Ferber, Pete Yellin, Michael Wolff, Andrew Green, Marshall Gilkes, Paul Carlon & Ileana Santamaria. Mike has been on the faculty of the United Nations International School since 2002, leading the jazz band and teaching private lessons.
Mike shares lead trombone duties in Secret Society with Ryan Keberle. He was also integral to the success of our Canadian splinter cell, Secret Society North. Of all the musicians in Secret Society, I have known Mike the longest -- we were both undergraduates at McGill in the 90's. (I believe Mike is the only Society co-conspirator who has heard me play club date piano.) Check his playing on "Ritual" and Secret Society North's performance of "Habeas Corpus" (live at IAJE).
As part of our fundraising efforts for our upcoming recording, Infernal Machines, we are offering you the opportunity to sponsor a Secret Society musician. Click here to sponsor Mike's appearance on our debut album.
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions in behalf of Darcy James Argue's Secret Society may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.