Saxophonist and multi-reedist Sam Sadigursky is today's featured co-conspirator. Sam has played and recorded with artists as diverse as Ray Brown and Brad Mehldau. He has won a number of awards, including the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, the NFAA/IAJE Clifford Brown-Stan Getz Fellowship, and the John Coltrane Young Artist Award. He performs in many top jazz and world music venues, Broadway pits and has toured the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Japan. He has also played in the Monterey, JVC, Aspen, Ravinia, and CMJ festivals, and is featured on saxophone and flute on the score to the film Seeing Other People. As a composer, Sam has been commissioned by vocal groups, film directors, and has collaborated with modern dance choreographers in live performance of their works. He can be heard in New York with the Mingus Orchestra, Gabriel Kahane, Lucia Pulido, Edmar Castaneda, Folklore Urbano, La Cumbiamba e Neye, and others.
In 2007, Sam released a collection of his vocal compositions based on poetry, The Words Project, on New Amsterdam Records. The album was hailed as "an impressive debut" by the New York Times and given a four-star review in Time Out New York and picked as one of their top ten releases of 2007. Steve Smith called it "that rare anomaly: a jazz-and-poetry record that sounds utterly natural and convincing." Besides recently releasing a second CD as a leader, Words Project II, Sam appears as a sideman on numerous recordings for labels such as Fresh Sound New Talent, Playscape Recordings, Chonta Records, and World Culture Music.
Sam has been a loyal co-conspirator since our first gig, and for an insidious subversive who despises the good folk of Real America, he throws a mean July 4th BBQ. Sam is responsible for playing the wickedly high soprano sax part on "Desolation Sound" with inhuman ease -- so much so that soon I will soon have to take the whole chart up a minor third just to keep him from getting complacent.
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 Sam's appearance on our album. We are pleased to announce that Sam has been sponsored by Suzi Beyerstein.
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.