In addition to playing trombone, James also plays tuba, melodica, percussion, and an "electronic valve instrument" which he built himself. He plays in the Respect Sextet, a group he co-founded as a student at the Eastman School of Music. James has performed and/or recorded with Alarm Will Sound, Tactus, Electric Medicine, Six Types of Ambiguity, and his own groups. James holds a degree in jazz and a Performer’s Certificate in classical performance from Eastman. He needs to update his website.
James's first appearance as a Society co-conspirator was as a last-minute sub on this hit (July 7, 2006). I guess he must have done a decent enough job because I seem to have kept asking him back. James is featured on "Habeas Corpus" and it is actually kind of disturbing how far inside that piece he gets. The solo here can't be at all showy, it is all about personal expression and it necessarily comes from kind of a dark place. Probably the most gratifying thing for any jazz composer is when you write something that requires an improviser to do something outside their comfort zone, but they feel that need as well, and just go there without your having to tell them anything.
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 James's appearance on our debut album.
IMPORTANT: The deadline for sponsoring a musician (or becoming our Executive Producer) has been extended to February 23, 2009. However, you can continue to make individual donations (and have your name listed on our Thank You Page, if you wish) right up until the album's release in May.This recording is a very ambitious and very expensive endeavor, and it is only possible thanks to individual contributions from supporters of independent music such as yourselves. We are grateful beyond words to all of our generous supporters.
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.