TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2014 – Hard Rubber Orchestra + Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

John Korsrud’s Hard Rubber Orchestra



TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

8 pm • Friday June 20, 2014

Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver

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This is going to be a BIG night at Performance Works. Kick off the VIJF with this exciting double-bill: Hard Rubber Orchestra and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society. The Hard Rubber Orchestra will play the music of trumpeter/bandleader/composer John Korsrud, and will premiere a new work commissioned from New York’s Darcy James Argue, with Argue joining HRO on the performance.

Argue, one of the jazz world’s rising stars, is best known for his very popular New York large ensemble, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society. The Secret Society’s debut album was nominated for a Grammy and the ensemble has topped the Rising Star category in the Downbeat Magazine critic’s poll for the past three years. Argue’s band has gained a cult following among young jazz musicians from around the world for its mix and mash ups of an eclectic variety of modern music.

Formed by artistic director John Korsrud in 1990, the Hard Rubber Orchestra has consistently been one of Canada’s most active and unpredictable ensembles of creative music, presenting concerts of original music by some of Canada’s most exciting composers, performed by Vancouver’s finest musicians. The orchestra has recorded three CDs, toured across Canada and to Europe. In 2005, they were the recipients of the Alcan Arts Award, the largest arts award in Canada for the creation of new work. They have produced several large theatrical works such as operas, avant ice shows, and arts raves. The have commissioned nearly 100 new works by composers such as Kenny Wheeler, Brad Turner, Phil Dwyer, Michael Blake, Fred Stride, Hugh Fraser, Peter Hannan, Linda Bouchard, Howard Bashaw, and Montreal’s Jean Derome and René Lussier. In 2013, they premiered Scott Good’s new work featuring former Kronos Quartet cellist, Jeffrey Zeigler.

A native of Vancouver and former member of the Montreal jazz scene, Argue moved to Brooklyn in 2003. His awards include the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop Charlie Parker Composition Prize and the SOCAN/CAJE Phil Nimmons Emerging Composer Award and he has received grants from the Jerome Foundation, the AmericanMusicCenter, Meet the Composer, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the Canada Council for the Arts.