The world’s leading young jazz composer and steampunk big band leader, Darcy James Argue along with celebrated pianist Sean Wayland, team up with Australia’s leading jazz orchestra for a national tour to celebrate the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra’s 10th Anniversary. To distinguish the occasion of the anniversary, and affirm it’s artistic mission, the Sydney-based ‘Mothership’ ensemble is delivering a program that both promotes new Australian music and collaborates with a high calibre international composer and conductor.
Darcy James Argue is one of today’s most talked-about jazz musicians thanks to the phenomenal response to Infernal Machines, his Grammy-nominated debut recording featuring his 18-piece bigband, Secret Society. The record was included on more than 100 best-of-the year lists and won Best Debut honors in the prestigious Village Voice Jazz Critics Poll. Adopting a steampunk-inspired attitude towards the traditional big band, Argue refashions this well-worn instrumentation into a cutting-edge ensemble. In his feature article on Argue for the Village Voice, Richard Gehr called his work “maximalist music of impressive complexity and immense entertainment value, in your face and then in your head.”
“Darcy embodies the artistic aspriations of the JMO. He’s successfully composing new music for jazz orchestra that is both excellent, innovative, and resonates with contemporary culture.” says Lucian McGuiness, co-administrator and a trombonist in the Mothership
“With their haunting compositions and imaginative experiments, Argue’s Secret Society might do for jazz what Radiohead did for rock — and poach some of its audience, too.” - Jazz Times
New York based, ex-pat Aussie pianist Sean Wayland is well known and admired for his prolific writing and unique harmony and rhythm. An enigma among jazz musicians, Sean has inspired a growing number of composers to dedicate pieces to his musical legacy including Dale Barlow, Matt Penman, Florian Ross and Gerard Masters. Sean has released not 14, but 22 critically acclaimed CDs and has worked with some of the world’s most celebrated musicians including Madeliene Peyroux, Allan Holdsworth, Wayne Krantz, and David Binney.
“Sean commands enormous respect amongst musicians all over the world, he’s an important and unique jazz composer and pianist. Translating his style to the jazz orchestra format is a special treat for us and for Sean too, I’m sure,” said McGuiness.
“Music Pours easily from Sean Wayland” - Limelight Magazine
May 25 Casula Powerhouse, Liverpool NSW
May 26 Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, NSW
May 27 Kenneth Myers Centre, Auckland University, NZ
May 28 Auckland Jazz and Blues Club, Pt Chevalier RSA, NZ
May 30 Welington Town Hall, Ilott Theatre, Wellington NZ
June 2 Tasmanian Conservatorium, Hobart, SA
June 3 The Promethean, Adelaide SA
June 6 Melbourne International Jazz Festival VIC *with Maria Schneider*
June 7 The Tank Arts Centre, Cairns QLD
June 8 The Turnaround, Brisbane QLD
June 9 The Studio, Sydney Opera House, NSW