LEAP OF FAITH With PEK / GLYNIS LOMON / ERIC ZINMAN / SYD SMART / YURI ZBITNOV - Tangled Hierarchies (Evil Clown 9206; USA) Personnel: PEK on alto, tenor & bass saxes, bamboo soprano, clarinets, taragato, sheng & metal, Glynis Lomon on cello & aquasonics, Eric Zinman on piano, Syd Smart on electronic percussion and Yuri Zbitnov on drums, gong, wood & metals. Our New Year, February actually, begins with six discs from the ever-prolific Leap of Faith folks. The core members remain these three: PEK, Glynis Lomon & Yuri Zbitnov. The guests this time are two older fellows, Eric Zinman (last seen with Linda Sharrock at Victo) and Syd Smart, who has worked with Sam Rivers and Rabiq Hassan. This disc begins with a siren, minimal piano, suspense-filled cymbals & gong(s) and the eerie voice of Ms. Lomon. The set captured here was recorded at Outpost 186 in January of 2019, just a month ago. This quintet version of Leap of Faith is stripped down so that everyone gets a chance to solo and we can hear them all. Mr. PEK works with one reed or wind instrument at a time, taking a number of spirited solos. What stands out is the cello playing of Ms. Lomon, spiritual piano undertow by Mr. Zinman and percussion/dialogue from Yuri Zbitnov and Syd Smart. More cosmic music from mere mortals?!? - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
Squidco Blurb Leap of Faith – Tangled Hierarchies
A 2019 performance in Cambridge, MA of this intertwining quintet of unique instrumentation, with PEK on bamboo & bass saxophones, clarinets, contrabassoon, tarota, melodica, sheng, aquasonic, wood, metal, wind siren, crank siren, & chimes; Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic, & chimes; Eric Zinman on piano; Syd Smart on percussion; and Yuri Zbitnov on drums, gong, wood, metal, wind siren, & chimes.
Leap of Faith - Tangled Hierarchies
Bruce Lee Gallanter,
Downtown Music Gallery
On Metal Chaos Ensemble: "... using unique strategies to yield densely active and eerily surreal music, an incredible excursion through experimental improvisation." - Squidco website staff
On Leap of Faith: "Alien yet familiar, bizarre yet completely fascinating. Expanding, contracting, erupting, settling down, always as one force..." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG