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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
Leap of Faith – Topological Constructions
by Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
LEAP OF FAITH with PEK / GLYNIS LOMON / YURI ZBITNOV / MIMI RAPSON / ELINOR SPEIRS - Topological Constructions (Evil Clown 9183; USA) Featuring PEK on clarinets, sopranino, alto, tenor & bass saxes, double reeds, etc, Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonics & voice, Mimi Rapson on violin & metal, Elinor Speirs on violin and Yuri Zbitnov on drums, percussion & metal. This disc was recorded at the Evil Clown Headquarters in in June of 2018. For this disc, the three core Leap of Faith members (Pek, Lomon & Zbitnov) have added two string players, both of whom are women. The two guests here play on several previous Leap of Faith efforts so they know how to fit it and add to the ritualistic free sonic sorcery. The intro features eerie percussion: gongs & metals along with the three strings slowly interwoven. The quintet take their time so everyone gets a chance to stretch out, interact and solo. Both string players sounds great, especially when they are egged on by Ms. Lomon’s spirited cello! One of the things I like about this disc is that it moves slowly and doesn’t have some of the fireworks that some of the larger ensembles have. It is superbly recorded, warm and clean with very little hyper-intensity. Hence, if you are patient, the rewards are great!
- Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG