Here are some links to the Third Life Studio Shows from last year:
Cloud Taxonomies (double live album)
1) Sub-Unit 1 - Troposphere: https://youtu.be/DBm8x1WAtpI
2) Sub-Unit 2 – Mesosphere: https://youtu.be/DyL_xFpTQJ0
3) Sub-Unit 3 - Straosphere: https://youtu.be/r5P5zEBAXTo
4) Orchestra – Cloud Taxonomies: https://youtu.be/DPbXsYJgEBU
Retrocausal Strategies
1) Sub-Unit 1: Effects Preceding Cause - https://youtu.be/X3OMGyF-Vnk
2) Sub-Unit 2: Non-Local Correlations - https://youtu.be/OLgeq44Ladg
3) Sub-Unit 3: Light Cones - https://youtu.be/9Z9Hd-iYq3s
4) Orchestra: Retrocausal Strategies - https://youtu.be/OeuulKnrlHM
Inferences (double album)
Sub-Unit 1. Derivations - https://youtu.be/SmDbsaIfrr0
Sub-Unit 2. Predicates - https://youtu.be/WxCv-qfU3kU
Sub-Unit 3. Fuzzy Logic - https://youtu.be/eo2xpeLUlEI
Orchestra 4. Inferences AKA Tweedy Probably Flies
1) Leap of Faith Orchestra Sub-Unit 1: Premises
2) Sub-Unit 2: Validity and Soundness - https://youtu.be/gEWitwMr6Sw
3) Sub-Unit 3: Conditional Statements - https://youtu.be/bKzwoU17Ggc
4) Sub-Unit 4: Truth Tables - https://youtu.be/OKQV6uxp7BQ
5) Orchestra: Deductions - https://youtu.be/Z26X4aVlIuc
Refuting Leplace's Demon (Double album)
Sub-Unit 1: Necessary Incompleteness - 16:28
Sub-Unit 2: Logical Independence - 15:12
Sub-Unit 3: Uncertainty Relations - 15:35
Sub-Unit 4: Observer Effect - 15:46
Orchestra: Refuting Leplaces Demon - 50:57

Photos by Raffi

String Theory - 3 of 9 Dimensions

Outpost 186, Cambridge MA - 18 May 2019

Program Notes by PEK

In the early Leap of Faith (LOF) period (90s), we did a number of shows with Strings and myself, in fact, for a while the core trio was myself on reeds, Glynis Lomon on cello, and Craig Schildhauer on bass. String Theory is the extended string section of the Leap of Faith Orchestra, and the current incarnation of this early period Leap of Faith ensemble. As well as being the string section of the orchestra, String Theory performs and records independently. Since we rebooted the Leap of Faith project in 2015, we have released over 10 albums of string and woodwind improvisations…

For this set, Glynis and I are joined by one of our favorite violinists, Elinor Speirs, and pianist Eric Zinman from Glynis’ other trio New Language Collaborative (NLC). Elinor first did a Leap of Faith session last summer just before joining the LOFO performance of Cosmological Horizons at Killian Hall MIT in July of 2018. She has finished her DMA at New England Conservatory and now splits her time between New York and Boston. Despite her crazy travel schedule, she has managed to make time for more Leap of Faith sets recorded at Evil Clown Headquarters and now this String Theory performance at Outpost 186.

Eric, Glynis and I all go way back, since Eric was on the Boston Free Music scene when I arrived in 1989, and we played back then. During the long Leap of Faith hiatus, Eric played a great deal with Glynis and the brilliant drummer Syd Smart in NLC. In more recent times. Eric has been the regular pianist for the Leap of Faith Orchestra and a frequent guest in smaller Leap of Faith ensembles, Metal Chaos Ensemble, and String Theory.

This performance is a very interesting development in this history, combining long prior history with Eric and recent small format Leap of Faith performances with Elinor. One of the main characteristics of String Theory compared to Leap of Faith is the absence of a drummer. We love Yuri’s playing and there are many wonderful performances by LOF with additional strings, but occasionally we do the strings without drum set. String Theory, as a result, has a much more chamber music vibe than Evil Clown albums by the other bands. Although Yuri is absent, there is still percussion, just no drum set; I brought some gongs and a couple bags of wood and metal instruments and Eric included several cymbals in his piano set up, and also played the piano interior with mallets…

PEK, 19 May 2019

PEK tweak of a Raffi Photo

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

Evil Clown 

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


Photos by Catherine Hammond

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.


Leap of Faith Orchestra performs

Supernovae by PEK

by Karl  Ackermann, AllAboutJazz.com

​Audio CD                    Evil Clown 9215

String Theory - 3 of 9 Dimensions


3 of 9 Dimensions - 1:10:41

   Outpost 186, Cambridge MA

   18 May 2019

PEK -  clarinet & contralto clarinets, alto, tenor & bass saxophones, contrabassoon, bass tromboon, wood flute, sheng, theremin, gongs, flex-a-tone, rattles, rachets, wood blocks, castanets, Tibetan bowls & bells, aquasonic, kazoo, game calls, voice ​
Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice

Elinor Speirs - violin, castanets, Tibetan bells, rattle, voice​
Eric Zinman - piano, piano interior, cymbals