I hope everyone has been enjoying the holidays. After a brief hiatus, we are resuming our regular profiles of the musicians involved in the making of our debut recording, Infernal Machines. Your featured co-conspirator for today is Rob Wilkerson.
Based in New York City since 2001, Rob leads his eponymous group, composes, and performs with both small and large jazz ensembles. Imaginary Landscape, Rob’s debut on Fresh Sound New Talent, reflects his diverse influences, and was deemed worthy of several Best of 2004 lists. As an improviser and composer, Rob is deeply interested in melody and mood; harmony serves these considerations, rather than dictating them. In the words of Marc Meyers (All About Jazz), "Rob Wilkerson speaks to our times. His music is personal, profound, and thoroughly refreshing."
In addition to performing his own original music, he has played in the Yumiko Sunami Big Band, the composer consortium Pulse, Schumacher/Sanford Sound Assembly, Russ Spiegel Big Band, Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano, and is a regular guest with several small ensembles. Rob has shared the stage with Joe Lovano, Jim McNeely, James Moody, Jon Gordon, Randy Johnston, and Chris Cheek. Since 2005, Rob has played lead alto with the Grammy Award winning Warner Bros. artist Michael Bublé, performing and recording all over the world.
Rob participated in many of the early reading sessions I held prior to forming Secret Society. His first gig with us was 21 April 2006 and he's been a Society regular ever since. He gets to tear it up on "Flux in a Box," our DFW-inspired discursive blowout.
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 if you would like to sponsor Rob'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.