From Cued Up On Q2: “Shhh…Secret News”

Live Concert by Newspeak and Secret Society from the Ecstatic Music Festival

Newspeak New Music Ensemble

Secret Society

“This Sunday, Q2 offers live performances by two high-impact bandsembles from the Ecstatic Music Festival: the politically conscious Newspeak and Darcy James Argue’s left-field big band Secret Society.

Hear David T. Little’s Newspeak premiere Darcy James Argue’s The Sleep Room, Part 1. Dealing with themes of mind-control, “Sleep Room” is a song cycle based on CIA-led brainwashing and psychological experimentation that took place in a Montreal-based hospital in the 1950’s. The eight-piece amplified ensemble, artfully rips through Argue’s work, along with pieces by Caleb Burhans and Pat Muchmore.

Darcy James Argue’s big band, Secret Society, premieres Three Fragments, by jazz piano superstar Vijay Iyer and electro-acoustic composer Nicole Lizée’s Lock the Door, Swallow the Key. Appropriately performed on a night of music dealing with themes such as brainwashing and conspiracy theories, Lock the Door was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. She explains that the Overlook Hotel, hedge maze, room 237, the Gold Room, the Red Room, the significance of the number 12, even the patterns on the carpets and wallpaper informed the musical and structural content of the piece.”


Listen in on Sunday March 6, at 2 p.m. to hear the concert, hosted by WNYC’s John Schaefer and Q2’s Nadia Sirota.