Darcy James Argue, conductor of the Princeton University Creative Large Ensemble, was nominated for a Grammy award. His album, tilted “Real Enemies,” was named a finalist in the “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” category.
Argue is a Canadian-native jazz composer who attended McGill University and later attended the New England Conservatory to study composition. He currently resides in Brookyln, NY. His album “Real Enemies” was recorded by his ensemble Secret Society, which he started in 2005 and whose first album “Infernal Machines” was nominated both for the Grammy award for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” in 2011 and the Juno award for “Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year” in 2010.
“Real Enemies” has received critical acclaim, being called “an oddball masterpiece” and “creepy fun soulful shiversome stuff” by critic Fred Kaplan.
At the University, Argue leads the Creative Large Ensemble, which made its debut last Saturday at Richard Auditorium, where they performed music by Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Mary Lou Williams, and other modern artists.