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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society

Brooklyn Babylon

Friday, September 4, 2015, 7:30 PM
At the Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24061
In the Street and Davis Performance Hall's Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

$20-$45, $10 students with ID and children 18 and under
Darcy James Argue, composer and conductor
Danijel Zezelj, story, animation, and live painting
Jim Findlay, video design

"... a masterpiece ... a new work of originality, power, and beauty." David Krasnow, Studio 360

Big band jazz punctuated by stunning video animation and live painting, Brooklyn Babylon tells the tale of Lev, a carpenter in a future Brooklyn, tasked with building a carousel to crown the tallest tower in the world. It's an urban fable co-created by acclaimed graphic novelist and illustrator Danijel Zezelj and Grammy-nominated composer Darcy James Argue. The story unfolds wordlessly through the combination of video, live painting, and an original score performed by Argue's 18-piece jazz big band, Secret Society. Composer and bandleader Argue has toured nationally and internationally with Secret Society, garnering countless awards, and reimagining what a 21st-century big band can sound like.


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This program was made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo by Valerie Whitney


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All performances take place in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, in the Street and Davis Performance Hall, unless otherwise noted.