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Real Enemies


Darcy James Arguecomposer; Issac Butlerwriter/director

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Big band meets big secrets.

The brilliant Brooklyn-based composer and arranger Darcy James Argue, who Newsweek says offers “a wholly original take on big band’s past, present, and future,” leads his 18-piece Secret Society ensemble in Real Enemiesa captivating work that musically explores the subject of conspiracy theories and our attraction to them. With titles like “Trust No One” and “Doomsday”, the 12 musical vignettes of Real Enemies  evoke a shadow history of postwar America—from LSD to aliens to Edward Snowden—that may or may not be true.

Post-Show Talk: Conspiracy Theories in America

Join Darcy James Argue and Isaac Butler for a conversation with professor Kathryn Olmsted (chair of history at the University of California, Davis, and author of Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War I to 9/11) about the curious prevalence of conspiracism in American culture.


From the Director


Co-commissioned by The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Fromm Music Foundation, and Holland Festival.

Generously funded by The Koret Foundation, the Koret Jazz Project is a multi-year initiative to support, expand, and celebrate the role of jazz in the artistic and education programming of Stanford Live.




Jazz, Contemporary


Stanford Live


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