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Leap of Faith

      - Cosmic Distance Ladder

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Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA 
25 July 2019


PEK -  alto tenor & bass saxophones, clarinet & contralto clarinet, English horn, tromboon, Alto flute, sheng, melodica, Tibetan bells & bowls, gongs, balafon, castanets, brontosaurus & tank bells, wood blocks​
Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice, cymbells 

Kat Dobbins - trombone, Tibetan Bells & bowls, castanets 

Bob Moores, trumpet, pic trumpet, flugelhorn, cymbells, crotales, balafon, wood blocks, Englephone, Tibetan bells & bowls, metal. wind siren, taxi horn 

Yuri Zbitnov - drums, Englephone, gongs, balafon, Tibetan bells & bowls, brontosaurus & tank bells, wood blocks, metal

Liner Notes by PEK

Leap of Faith is the core trio of the Leap of Faith Orchestra (LOFO) comprised of PEK on clarinets, saxophones, double reeds & flutes, Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice, and Yuri Zbitnov on drums & percussion. The ensemble is based in Boston and dates back to the early 90s. We utilize a huge arsenal of additional Evil Clown instruments to improvise long works featuring transformations across highly varied sonorities. The ensemble has always been highly modular and our many recordings feature the core trio in dozens of configurations with a huge list of guests.

One of the common variations of Leap of Faith is a 3-horn quintet with the core unit plus two guest horn players.  There are maybe about ten albums with this general format.  This is a first session by a new variation of this ensemble.  Trombonist Kat Dobbins, our special guest for this set, has performed on about half a dozen Evil Clown sessions from the LOFO performances of PEK Frame Notation Scores, Turbulence, and the LOFO & Sub-Units shows at Third Life Studio.  She has a great sound and improvisational sensibility which are very welcome at Evil Clown whenever she can make time for us in her hectic schedule…

The second added horn is Evil Clown regular Bob Moores on trumpet, pic trumpet, and flugelhorn.  Bob also plays the percussion instruments strewn throughout the studio.  

This was originally scheduled to be a show at Outpost 186, the previous weekend.  That day was blazing hot, nearly 100 degrees and humid.  Although I hate to do it, I canceled the performance.  Luckily, we were able to make up the show later that week at Evil Clown Headquarters.  We’re doing LIVE STREAMING now for recording sessions at ECH, and this particular performance marks the debut of the new wall mounted cameras, which provide a much better camera angle and better lighting…  For this show we used 4 cameras all fed to Raffi at the video mixer:  Live mixed to YouTube! 

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PEK – 7/27/19


Liner Notes Excerpt by PEK (Full Notes Below)

"...One of the common variations of Leap of Faith is a 3-horn quintet with the core unit plus two guest horn players.  There are maybe about ten albums with this general format.  This is a first session by a new variation of this ensemble.  Trombonist Kat Dobbins, our special guest for this set, has performed on about half a dozen Evil Clown sessions from the LOFO performances of PEK Frame Notation Scores, Turbulence, and the LOFO & Sub-Units shows at Third Life Studio.  She has a great sound and improvisational sensibility which are very welcome at Evil Clown whenever she can make time for us in her hectic schedule…" 

PEK tweak of a raffi photo

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Leap of Faith - Cosmic Distance Ladder

Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA - 25 July 2019

On Leap of Faith: "Alien yet familiar, bizarre yet completely fascinating. Expanding, contracting, erupting, settling down, always as one force..." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG

On Metal Chaos Ensemble: "... ​using unique strategies to yield densely active and eerily surreal music, an incredible excursion through experimental improvisation."   - Squidco website staff

Review:

Leap of Faith Orchestra performs

Supernovae by PEK

by Karl  Ackermann, AllAboutJazz.com

Evil Clown 

Composer and multi-instrumentalist, PEK, set his sights on something bigger with the Leap of Faith Orchestra's Supernovae. The previous incarnation of the LOFO expands from the fifteen musicians on The Expanding Universe (Evil Clown, 2016) to twenty-one players on this new outing. Another noteworthy element of this project is PEK's use of Frame Notation where the score is seen in written descriptions and straight-forward symbols within Duration Bars. The system provides the musicians with immediate understanding of their own parts and the higher-level arrangement of the music. 

Supernovae consists of a single track composition running just under eighty minutes. The digital download includes a bonus track. Though the extended piece is not broken out by formal movements, there are clear delineations within the score. PEK's ensemble—not surprisingly—includes enough non-traditional and weird instruments to compete with a Dr. Seuss orchestra. Though they are not playing in a vacuum, that group of instruments dominates the first ten minutes before strings and reeds make themselves more clearly heard. Forty-five minutes in, we have the first case of prolonged melody, darker and more subdued than the overall tone of the first half. 

Supernovae gives way to free improvisation overlaying the melody. Eventually the piece introduces a brilliant percussion passage before it reintroduces the non-traditional music elements, but here in a more refined manner. As with all of PEK's compositions, there is—behind the scenes—a painstaking amount of organization that is not always evident in the listening. That is part of the beauty of this album; the non-traditional approach to instrumentation and the lack of adherence to Western structure continue to make the various iterations of Leap of Faith consistently interesting. And interesting look at the written score can be viewed at http://www.evilclown.rocks/lofo-supernovae-score.html.