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

"The sole track (being the title track) is a sprawling epic at seventy-seven minutes and does indeed deviate between the austere and the chaotic, but as always, composer PEK has a higher purpose. Swerving whistles and a siren usher in the piece with no small amount of urgency building to a crescendo of noise before a lone tuba replaces near-calamity with dark mystery. Later, piano and alternate devices struggle for dominance, lopsided melodies collide with bells, blocks and cymbals in a musical representation of the album's stated theme... Like any uncharted exploration, attention to detail makes this experimental journey a memorable experience."  
     - Karl Ackermann, AllAboutJazz

"The results are pretty extraordinary. The work is very long, nearly 77 minutes and goes through different sections. The music sounds directed since it moves in precise waves with different subsections rising and falling back into the often turbulent sea of sounds. A number of different things stand out: an intense free piano solo (Peter Cassino), a layer of brass waves sailing with another layer of twisted reeds, sporadic double rhythm teams (tablas?), erupting and then disappearing. The balance of more sparse sections with occasional dense outbursts sounds tightly directed.  Considering that the Evil Clown label which documents all of the Leap of Faith and their offshoot projects, is closing in at nearly a 100 releases, this disc might just be the best one I’ve reviewed. A completely outstanding effort all the way around."
     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

"Free jazz, noise, rock, it’s all here, but mostly free jazz. This might be among the free-est recordings I have ever heard, right up with Arthur Doyle, Albert Ayler, or Henry Cow. There are so many musicians, and so many instruments, that it is difficult to keep track of what’s going on. This is a fantastic, amazing record. I suggest you check out some of their other recordings online. The Expanding Universe is not easy listening, but the patient listener will be rewarded."
     - Eric Baylies, The Noise-Boston  

"...a bracing collage of ever-varying sound color universes and at times they kick up a hell of a fuss! Other times they are a bit more focused within...   But all told you are in for a wildly free trip into the nether worlds of the universe. Nice one!"
     - Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Muisc Review  

Leap of Faith Opening Set:  Possible Worlds

Leap of Faith Orchestra:  Possible Universes

Audio CD                                                     Evil Clown 9005

Expansions is a digital box set containing all 3 of the 90 minute performances of the work along with a 40 minute video introducing the ensemble, the score, photos and promotional materials.

1. Expansions Part One - Thursday 15 September 1994 48:35 
2. Expansions Part Two - Thursday 15 September 1994 43:04
3. Expansions Part One - Friday 16 September 1994 48:10
4. Expansions Part Two - Friday 16 September 1994 42:12
5. Expansions - Saturday 17 September 1994 01:38:15

Are You Pointy​ - 40 minute video with Leap of Faith soundtrack

Leap of Faith Orchestra Performs

     Possible Universes by PEK

          Somerville Armory, Somerville MA

              28 May 2017

2) Leap of Faith Orchestra - The Expanding Universe  1:16:57
PEK - dulzaina, sopranino & alto & tenor saxes, oboe, clarinet, 
         contraalto clarinet, sheng, bass tromboon, fog horn, ms-20, 
         boomwhakers, slide whistles, siren whistle 
Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice, slide whistle 
Steve Norton - sopranino & alto & baritone saxes, bass & contraalto 
         clarinets, celeste, fog horn, boomwhakers 
Andria Nicodemou - vibes, bells, crotales, slide whistle 
Yuri Zbitnov - drum set, lead gong, metal, balfon, blocks, festival drum, 
          daiko, chains, siren whistle, boomwhakers, percussion 
Mimi Rabson - violin, metal, slide whistle, siren whistle, percussion 
Clara Kebabian - violin, electronics, slide whistle, siren whistle,

          percussion 
Bob Moores - trumpet, electronics, tiny slide whistle, percussion 
Charlie Kohlhase - alto & tenor & baritone saxes, slide whistle,

          percussion 
Dave Harris - tuba, trombone, fog horn, crank siren, slide whistle,

          boomwhaker 
Peter Cassino - piano, slide whistle 
Tony Leva - bass, slide whistle 
Brendan Higgins - bass, slide whistle 
Yedidyah Syd Smart - edrums, percussion 
Kevin Dacey - drum set, balfon, blocks, metal, chains, percussion,

          crank siren, taxi horn

Digital Booklet for CD

Pointy Toes Ensemble Performs

     Expansions by PEK

          Mobius, Boston MA

             4 June 2016

The vision of the overall Evil Clown project is to create an extremely broad universe of sound and to realize music which transforms into widely different sonorities within a single performance.  The full Leap of Faith Orchestra performing a PEK frame notation score is the most complete implementation of that vision.  The large ensemble size and the details provided in the score directing the improvisation allow us to create a story through a huge number of controlled textures over the 75 minute duration of the works.


The small Leap of Faith Orchestra, and the various sub-units (Leap of Faith, Metal Chaos Ensemble, Turbulence, String Theory, New Language Collaborative, Sub-Units and Mekaniks) also perform pure improvisations.  These pure improvisations comprise most of the work of the Evil Clown ensembles and tune the player's improvisation languages to each other and the Evil Clown aesthetic (in 2017 we performed two scores, but published a total of 37 new albums).


The scored performances are also listed in the Leap of Faith section of the Evil Clown website, but now enough of these projects have been completed it makes sense to list them separately as well.   


The completed works are listed below with the most recent performances at the top.  Each includes links to the full Evil Clown album page, score, bandcamp page, YouTube video, and selected press. 


Last on the page is the 1994 performance of Expansions by PEK, performed by The Pointy Toes Ensemble.  Expansions used frame notation combined with notation on the ordinary music staff.  It took about two years to hand prepare the score and the tape and video components as well as a lot of rehearsal to achieve the performance.  Despite the compositional success of Expansions, I decided at that time to focus on pure improvisation, which is a much more rapid process, and pursued that agenda for the remainder of the initial Leap of Faith period extending to 2001.  The contemporary scores use simpler directions which do not require rehearsals and modern computer technology and software that reduces the effort required to prepare the scores.

     - PEK - 25 February 2018

David Harris - trombone, tuba, rachet (1) 
John Baylies - tubas, flex-a-tones (1) 
Mimi Rabson - violin, flex-a-tones (1,2) 
Matt Scutchfield - violin, Atlantis gong, flex-a-tones (1) 
Helen Sherrah-Davies - violin, flex-a-tones (1) 
Brendan Higgens - bass, rachet (1) 
Tony Leva - bass, rachet (1) 
Drew Wesley - guitar, rachet (1) 
Grant Beale - guitar, flex-a-tone (1) 
Peter Cassino - piano (1) 
Kevin Dacey - drum set, vibes, timpani, metal, wood , balafon (1,2) 
Sydney Smart - electronic percussion, drum set (1)  


Mimi Rabson (1,2) - violin +

Elinor Speirs (1,2) - violin +

Jane Wang (1) - cello + 

Silvain Castellano (1) - double bass +

Zachary Lavine (1) - double bass + 
Albey onBass (1) - fretless electric bass + 

Eric Woods (1) - analog synth, mandolin + 

Chris Florio (1) - guitar synth +

Reverend Grant Beale (1) - guitar, wood + 
Eric Zinman (1) - piano + 

Silvain Castellano (1) - bass + 
Syd Smart (1,2) - electronic drums, gong, percussion + 

Eric Rosenthal (1,2) - drums, gong, percussion + 
Steve Niemitz (1,2) - gong, percussion + 


(+) wood, metal, aquasonic, slide whistle, rachet, flex-a-tone, vuvuzela, melodica etc.

Leap of Faith Orchestra:  Supernovae

"...The highly capable improvisers engaged by PEK are participating in the composer's unique method of Frame Notation…  Along with strings and three basses, a large assortment of percussion instruments, and two tubas, the orchestra utilizes an assortment of non-conventional devices such as bullroarers, claves, flex-a-tones, slide whistles, wind sirens, crank sirens, bells, Tibetan bowls, ratchets and a tube-o-phone…  Possible Universes works in a surprisingly paradoxical way, allowing structure and freedom to coexist, while constantly challenging the ear. It's not quite like anything else..."

- Karl Ackermann, AllAboutJazz


“…What is even more impressive is that Mr. PEK has learned how to organize/lead this massive ensemble so that it doesn’t sound consistently like chaos. The core members of Leap of Faith, PEK on multi-reeds, Glynis Lomon on cello and Yuri Zbitnov on drums are often at the center with various layers of strings, reeds, brass, guitars, basses and percussion surrounding them….  Everyone takes their time and sounds completely focused. I know that Mr. PEK has been employing a timer or clock to help keeps things more balanced and the results are indeed phenomenal. This could be the best Leap of Faith release so far, which is pretty amazing considering that I’ve reviewed some two dozen plus discs so far. “ 
- Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


"...While much can be said about this recording, it’s been a while since I’ve heard an ensemble of this size, with so many players, that were in the zone: the magical zone, where a musician or artist can do no wrong.  I’ve only seen the smaller version of the Leap of Orchestra, but what’s on this CD is pure TNT – nitroglycerin! On this night, the orchestra is playing as one, generating wave after wave of highly energetic polyphonics. It’s so organized even when it’s disorganized within the parameters set by the leader, David Peck. This is the most formidable output I’ve heard from this unit. It is truly remarkable to hear how the musicians are in sync with each other.  Do pick up your copy of Possible Universes pronto at the nearest record store, or order it online. If you haven’t heard any of the previous CDs by the Leap of Orchestra, I highly recommend this recording, as a place to start!" 
- Marc Edwards, Jazz Right Now



Leap of Faith Orchestra Performances

     of Frame Notation Scores by PEK

PEK - clarinet, contraalto clarinet, alto, tenor & baritone saxophones,

     oboe, dulzaina, contrabassoon, bass tromboon, sheng, daxophone,

     flex-a-tone, rachet, plate gong, aquasonic,fog horns, taxi horn, wind

     siren, metal (1,2) 
Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice (1,2) 
Yuri Zbitnov - lead gong, drum set, daiko, festival drum, balafon, metal,

     wood (1,2) 
Andria Nicodemou - vibes, crotales, metal (1) 
Bob Moores - trumpet, large temple bowl (1) 
Forbes Graham - trumpet, Tibetan bowl, flex-a-tones (1) 
Dan O’Brien - clarinets, bass clarinet, alto & tenor saxophones, flute,

     Tibetan Bowl (1) 
Zach Bartolomei - soprano & alto saxophones, clarinet, rachet,

     melodica (1) 
Kat Dobbins - trombone, Tibetan bowl, plate gong (1) 

Rich sonorous frame notation improvisation

     Leap Of Faith Orchestra – Cosmological Horizons

"After forty years (+) of reviewing music, both “straight-up” and “out there“, I can truly say that the music from LOFO is different than anything I’ve ever listened to…  …if you claim to be a fan of adventurous improvised music, this album (and their entire series, in fact) MUST be in your collection – it’s some of the best creative energy I’ve ever heard, and that’s saying a lot, because I’ve not only listened to a lot of such, but did (in fact) perform some of my own madness back in the day! ..."
- Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews 

Kat Dobbins - trombone + (1) 
Dave Harris - trombone, tuba + (1) 
Zack Grass - bass trombone, tuba + (1)
Grant Beale - guitar, wood + (1)
Eric Zinman - piano, kazoo, slide whistle, wood + (1)

Tony Leva - bass + (1,2) 
Silvain Castellano - bass + (1) 
Syd Smart - drums, percussion + (1,2) 
Joe Hartigan - drums, percussion + (1) 


(+) Ensemble Auxiliary Instruments: 
bullroarers, claves, melodicas, flex-a-tones, bells, tibetan bowls, rachets, tube-o-phone, rachets, wood blocks

Part / Score:  Click Page for hi-res pdf

Reviews:  

Leap of Faith Orchestra brilliantly bizarre improvised ensemble Leap of Faith Orchestra – Super Clusters

"… the composition uses a graphic notation system called Frame Notation, and the music they produce is full of power, as well as lots of 'wide open spaces' – all executed flawlessly... 
… just superb creative effort that will blow your mind." 

- Dick Metcalf Contemporary Fusion Reviews

Leap of Faith Orchestra:  SuperClusters

Program:  Click on page for hi-res pdf

Leap of Faith Orchestra Performs

     Cosmological Horizons by PEK

          Killian Hall, MIT, Cambridge MA

             14 July 2018

Part / Score:  Click Page for hi-res pdf

Audio CD                                              Evil Clown 9144

Leap of Faith Orchestra - Possible Universes
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Squidco:  CD Mail Order

   1) Leap of Faith Orchestra- Possible Universes (1:17:02)

   2) Leap of Faith - Possible Worlds  (20:26)

                                (Download Bonus Track of opening set)


PEK - saxophones, clarinets, double reeds (1,2) ​
Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice (1,2) ​
Yuri Zbitnov - drums, percussion (1,2)​

Andria Nicodemou - vibes, percussion (1,2) 
Mimi Rabson - violin (1,2) 
Matt Scutchfield - violin (1) 
Jonathan LaMaster - violin (1) 
Dan O’Brien - flutes, clarinets, saxophones (1)
Zach Bartolomei - clarinets, saxophones, melodica (1)

Bob Moores - trumpet (1) 

Program:  Click on page for hi-res pdf

Leap of Faith Orchestra:  Cosmological Horizons

Leap Of Faith Orchestra: SuperClusters

"...SuperClusters appeals on at least two levels; the technical aspects of PEK's approach are intriguing and thought provoking. From a musical perspective those techniques translate to a listening experience that seems to change with each successive play of the disc..." 

- Karl Ackermann, AllAboutJazz.com

Audio CD                                              Evil Clown 9164

Leap of Faith Orchestra - SuperClusters
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   1) Leap of Faith Orchestra- SuperClusters (1:16:00)

   2) Leap of Faith - GigaParsecs  (20:56)

                (Download Bonus Track of opening set)


PEK - saxophones, clarinets, double reeds, daxophone, sheng + (1,2) ​
Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice + (1,2) ​
Yuri Zbitnov - drums, log drums, gong, metal, wood, daxophone + (1,2)​

Matt Scutchfield - violin +(1)

Junko Fujiwara - cello +(1)

Charlie Kohlhase - saxophones + (1)

Dan O’Brien - flutes, clarinets, saxophones +(1)
Bob Moores - trumpet + (1) 
Forbes Graham - trumpet + (1) 

Leap of Faith Orchestra:  The Expanded Universe

Forbes Graham - trumpet (1) 
Kat Dobbins - trombone (1) 
Dave Harris - trombone, tuba (1) 
John Baylies - tuba (1)
Steve Provizer - trumpet, baritone horn (1)

Grant Beale - guitar, wood (1)
Chris Florio - guitar synthesizer, wood (1)
Eric Zinman - piano, kazoo, slide whistle, wood (1)

Tony Leva - bass (1,2) 
Silvain Castellano - bass (1) 
Kit Demos - bass (1) 
Syd Smart - drums, percussion (1,2) 
Kevin Dacey - drums, percussion (1) 
Joe Hartigan - drums, percussion (1) 


Ensemble Auxiliary Instruments: 
bullroarers, claves, melodicas, flex-a-tones, slide whistles, wind sirens,
crank sirens, bells, tibetan bowls, rachets, tube-o-phone

Leap of Faith Orchestra Performs

     The Expanding Universe by PEK

          Nave Gallery, Clarendon Presbyterian Church 

             Somerville MA - 4 June 2016

Leap Of Faith Orchestra: SuperClusters

"...SuperClusters appeals on at least two levels; the technical aspects of PEK's approach are intriguing and thought provoking. From a musical perspective those techniques translate to a listening experience that seems to change with each successive play of the disc..." 

- Karl Ackermann, AllAboutJazz.com

Leap of Faith Opening Set:  Dark Matter 

Leap of Faith Opening Set:  Luminous

Leap of Faith Orchestra - Cosmological Horizons

Killian Hall, MIT, Cambridge MA

14 July 2018

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

2

Leap of Faith Opening Set:  GigaParsecs

Audio CD                                              Evil Clown 9125
Leap of Faith Orchestra - Supernovae

Somerville Armory - Somerville, Massachusetts 
19 November 2016

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Leap of Faith Orchestra 
1) Supernovae (PEK) - 1:17:10 
Leap of Faith 
2) Luminus - 20:17 (warm up set - download bonus track) 

Leap of Faith Orchestra Performs

     SuperClusters by PEK

          Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music, Cambridge MA

              1 December 2017

The Pointy-Toes Ensemble:
    PEK (clarinets and saxes)
    Sam Lobel (clarinet, tenor sax)
    Raqib Hassan (bass clarinet, saxes, mussette)
    Steve Norton (clarinets and saxes)
    Keith Hedger (trumpet)
    Mark McGrain (trombone)
    Glynis Lomon (cello)
    David “Tiger” Lyons (guitar)
    Nick Lloyd (double bass)
    Sydney Smart (drums)
    Aib Gomez-Delgado (timekeeper)
    Thom Jones (tape preparation, mixer, tape manipulation, guitar)
    Glen Peterson (tape preparation, primary mixer, microtonal

                guitarist)
    Matt Samolis (mixer, tape manipulation)
    Macha (sound reinforcement engineer, recording engineer)
    Lynton Vanderstein (video)

Poster:  Click for SuperClusters Promo Page

Reviews:  

Leap of Faith Orchestra brilliantly bizarre improvised ensemble Leap of Faith Orchestra – Super Clusters

"… the composition uses a graphic notation system called Frame Notation, and the music they produce is full of power, as well as lots of 'wide open spaces' – all executed flawlessly... 
… just superb creative effort that will blow your mind." 

- Dick Metcalf Contemporary Fusion Reviews

Leap of Faith Orchestra Performs

     Supernovae by PEK

          Somerville Armory, Somerville MA

              19 November 2016

Audio CD                                                     Evil Clown 9110

Leap of Faith Orchestra ‐ The Expanding Universe
Nave Gallery, Clarendon Presbyterian Church Somerville, MA - 6/4/2016

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Squidco:  CD mail order

1) Leap of Faith - Dark Matter  - 20:18 (download bonus track)
PEK - tenor sax, clarinet, alto & contraalto clarinets, contrabassoon, 
          dulzaina, sheng, metal, daxophone, aquasonic, game calls 
Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice 
Steve Norton - sopranino & alto & baritone saxes, 
          bass & Contraalto clarinets 
Andria Nicodemou - vibes, bells, crotales, metal 
Yuri Zbitnov - drums, metal, chains 

Audio CD                                              Evil Clown 9185

Leap of Faith Orchestra - Cosmological Horizons
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   1) Leap of Faith Orchestra-

                 Cosmological Horizons (1:17:20)

   2) Leap of Faith - Boundaries (20:55)

                (Download Bonus Track of opening set)


PEK (1,2) - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds, sheng, harmonium +  ​
Glynis Lomon (1,2) - cello, aquasonic, voice + 
Yuri Zbitnov (1,2) - drums, lead gong, brontosaurus bell, percussion + 

Jim Warshauer (1,2) - clarinets, saxophones + 

Zack Bartolomei (1) - clarinets, saxophones + 

Charlie Kohlhase (1) - saxophones +

Bob Moores (1) - trumpet + 

Eric Dahlman (1) - trumpet, overtone voice + 
Forbes Graham (1) - trumpet + 

​​Duane Reed (1) - baritone horn, bass trombone + 

Dave Harris (1) - trombone, tuba

Leap of Faith Opening Set:  Domains

Evil Clown 

"...The highly capable improvisers engaged by PEK are participating in the composer's unique method of Frame Notation…  Along with strings and three basses, a large assortment of percussion instruments, and two tubas, the orchestra utilizes an assortment of non-conventional devices such as bullroarers, claves, flex-a-tones, slide whistles, wind sirens, crank sirens, bells, Tibetan bowls, ratchets and a tube-o-phone…  Possible Universes works in a surprisingly paradoxical way, allowing structure and freedom to coexist, while constantly challenging the ear. It's not quite like anything else..."

- Karl Ackermann, AllAboutJazz


“…What is even more impressive is that Mr. PEK has learned how to organize/lead this massive ensemble so that it doesn’t sound consistently like chaos. The core members of Leap of Faith, PEK on multi-reeds, Glynis Lomon on cello and Yuri Zbitnov on drums are often at the center with various layers of strings, reeds, brass, guitars, basses and percussion surrounding them….  Everyone takes their time and sounds completely focused. I know that Mr. PEK has been employing a timer or clock to help keeps things more balanced and the results are indeed phenomenal. This could be the best Leap of Faith release so far, which is pretty amazing considering that I’ve reviewed some two dozen plus discs so far. “ 
- Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


"...While much can be said about this recording, it’s been a while since I’ve heard an ensemble of this size, with so many players, that were in the zone: the magical zone, where a musician or artist can do no wrong.  I’ve only seen the smaller version of the Leap of Orchestra, but what’s on this CD is pure TNT – nitroglycerin! On this night, the orchestra is playing as one, generating wave after wave of highly energetic polyphonics. It’s so organized even when it’s disorganized within the parameters set by the leader, David Peck. This is the most formidable output I’ve heard from this unit. It is truly remarkable to hear how the musicians are in sync with each other.  Do pick up your copy of Possible Universes pronto at the nearest record store, or order it online. If you haven’t heard any of the previous CDs by the Leap of Orchestra, I highly recommend this recording, as a place to start!" 
- Marc Edwards, Jazz Right Now