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


Evil Clown Bios

  PEK & his Grand Aesthetic Challenge

  PEK Artist Profile on JazzRightNow.com

Current and Former

       Leap of Faith Core Members

     As of 2018, the Core Unit of the Leap of Faith Orchestra is a

     trio comprised of PEK, Glynis and Yuri - LOF is highly modular 

    and has played in dozens of configurations with many guests
PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds, metal, voice
Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice
Yuri Zbitnov - percussion, metal, voice

     Former core members of Leap of Faith 
Andria NicodemouSteve NortonMark McGrain, Craig Schildhauer,
Yedidyah Syd SmartJames Coleman 

Metal Chaos Ensemble
    Metal Chaos Ensemble is the extended percussion section of the

    Leap of Faith Orchestra which uses the percussion equipment along

    with many guests and instruments of kinds to make

    highly varied long form improvisations

     PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds, daxophone, metal, voice
Yuri Zbitnov - drums, percussion, metal, voice
 Frequent guests of Metal Chaos Ensemble 

     Andria NicodemouKevin Dacey, Bob Moores, Eric Woods,

     Reverend Grant Beale, Joe Hartigan, Mike Gruen

String Theory

     String Theory is the Extended String Section of the Leap of Faith Orchestra.

     PEK and Glynis are the core with many guests on various orchestral strings

     and guitar
PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds, daxophone
Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice
     Frequent guests of String Theory

     Mimi RabsonTony LevaSilvain Castellano, Elinor Speirs, Matt Schuchfield, 

     Lucasz Pavlikovsky 

    Turbulence is the extend horn section of the Leap of Faith Orhcestra.

    PEK is the only player on all of the Turbulence sessions, but there have been 

    several  configurations with multiple sessions and a number of frequent guests
PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds, metal, voice

     Frequent guests of Turbulence
Steve NortonCharlie KohlhaseDan O'BrienZach Bartolomei ,
Bob Moores David HarrisJohn BayliesSteve Proviser

     Eric DahlmanJim Warshauer, Mike Caglianone


     Mekaniks is a studio project to explore electronic and real-time

     signal processing in a long form improv setting.  Has more of a

    rock-improvisation feel than most Evil Clown ensembles.
PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds, metal, electronics
Yuri Zbitnov - drums, metal, electronics
Greg Grinell - electronics, trumpet, bass
Bob Moores - trumpet, guitar, electronics

     Plus guests



Axioms is the duet Zen Beats with special guest PEK.  Free improvisation with poetry from Jane SpokenWord. 

     Jane SpokenWord - spoken word

     PEK - alto & bass saxophones, clarinet & contralto clarinet, bass tromboon,

          AKai EWI5000, [d]ronin, daxophone, gongs, tank & brontosaurus bells,

          Tibetan bowls, crotales, cymbells, orchestral chimes 
     Albey onBass - electric upright bass, gongs 
     Joel Simches - live to 2 track recording, real time signal processing



   Chicxulub is the Space Rock branch of the Evil Clown Universe. 

   Featuring the powerful bass and drums of Yuri and Jason Adams who 

   play together in Catherine Capozzi's power trio Axmunkee

     PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds, metal, electronics

     Jason Adams - electric bass, electric cello, Interstellar grain clouds

     Yuri Zbitnov - drums, metal, wood

Leap of Faith Orchestra /

     the Contemporary Evil Clown Roster

    The LOFO is the large improvisation orchestra made up of all of the

    Sub-Units listed above and many others.  The Contemporary Evil

    Clown Period starts in early 2015 after a long haitus.  A list of players in the 

    current Evil Clown Roster who have played with the orchestra or been

    a guest of one or more of the above ensembles follows: 



    Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice

     Mimi Rabson - violin, electronics, metal       

     Elinor Speirs - violin

     Clara Kebabian - violin, viola, electronics, metal

     Mat Ward - violin
 ​    Matt Scutchfield - violin

     Jonathan LaMaster - violin 

     Rob Flax - violin

     Sue Buzzard - violin

     Abigale Reisman - violin

     Jane Wang - cello, space plates 

     Lucasz Pavlikovsky - cello

     Albey onBass - electric bass

     Zachary Lavine - bass

      ​Tony Leva - bass
     Silvain Castellano - bass
     Damon Smith - bass

     Adrienne Schoenfeld - bass    

     Kirsten Lamb - bass 
     Kit Demos - bass

     Mike Gruen - bass


    PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds, metal, voice

    Steve Norton - clarinets, saxophones, metal

     Michael Caglionone - saxophones +

    Charlie Kohlhase - saxophones

    Matt Samolis - flute, flax, game calls, bowed metal, metal

      Dan O'Brien - flutes, clarinets and saxophones​
    Zach Bartolomei - clarinets and saxophones
     Bob Moores - trumpet, electronics   
     David Harris - trombone, tuba, electronics     
     John Baylies - tuba, electronics

     Duane Reed - baritone horn, bass trombone
     Kat Dobbins - trombone
     Steve Proviser - trumpet, baritone horn, voice, percussion
       ​Zack Grass - tuba, bass trombone
      Eric Goode - tuba, euphonium
      Eric Dahlman - trumpet
      Jim Warshauer - saxophones, clarinets
      Duane Reed - baritone horn

     Forbes Graham - trumpet

     Steve Swell - trombone
     Thomas Heberer - trumpet
     Todd Brunel - clarinets, saxophones

     Greg Burbank - Tuba

     Devin Lomon - harmonica

​     Elwood Epps - trumpet

     Bonnie Kane - tenor sax, flute


     Yuri Zbitnov - percussion, metal, voice

     Andria Nicodemou - vibraphone, metal

     Yedidyah Syd Smart - drums, percussion

     Eric Rosenthal - drums, percussion

     Steve Niemitz - drums, percussion

     Kevin Dacey - drums, percussion, metal 

     Joe Hartigan - drums, percussion

    Tamora Gooding - drums, percussion, metal 

    Moouse Traore - djembe, talking drum 

    John Loggia - drums

    Michael Knoblach - percussion

     Piano, Guitars, Electric Bass and Electronics

     Greg Grinell - electronics, trumpet, bass

     Jason Adams - electric bass, electric cello, Interstellar grain clouds

      Bill T Miller - electronics
     Catherine Axmunkee Capozzi - guitar, metal
     Chris Florio - Guitar, Guitar Synthesizer

     Drew Wesley - guitar, electronics
     Eric Woods - Analog Synth
     Eric Zinman - piano, percussion

     Emilio Gonzalez - piano

     Grant Beale - guitar, electronics

     Joel Simches - real time electronic processing, recording

     Kenny Maurais - bass, metal​
     Kevin Siegel - bass, loops, electronics

      Marc Drinkwater - guitar 

     Federico Balducci - guitar

     Tony Savarino - guitar, metal, iphone apps

     Space - guitar, bass


     Dei Xhrist - voice

     Maura Lynch - soprano, keyboards, metal 

     Audio Engineering      

     Joel Simches - real time electronic processing, recording

The Archival Period

    The Early period of Leap of Faith/Evil Clown included the 90s and the 

     early 00s.  A list of players who participated in the Early projects from 

     the Archival Period follows:  

     Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice

     Rob Bethel - cello

     Craig Schildhauer - bass

     John Voigt - bass
     Larry Roland - bass, poetry

     PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds, metal, voice
     Mark McGrain - trombone, alphorn

     Charlie Kohlhase - saxophones

     Matt Samolis - flute, bowed metal

​     Alec Haavik - saxophones, trombone
     B'hob Rainey - soprano sax

​​     Jeff Hudgins - saxophones
     George Garzone - tenor sax

     Keith Hedger - trumpet

     Leslie Ross - bassoon
     Raphe Malik- trumpet
     Raqib Hassan - saxophones and double reeds
     Russell Jewell - trombone

     Taylor Ho Bynum - trumpet


     Yuri Zbitnov - percussion, metal, voice
     Yedidyah Syd Smart - drums, percussion

     Curt Newton - drums
     Dennis Warren - drums

     Laurence Cook - drums

​     Tatsuya Nakatani - percussion, bowed metal

Piano, Guitars, Electric Bass and Electronics

    James Coleman - theremin

    Core Redonnett - electric zither, electronics

    Keith Fullerton Whitman - guitar, electronics

​     Kate Biggard - bass

     Michael Shea - piano, keyboards       

     Tor Snyder - guitar
     Wayne Rodgers - guitar

     Multi-Media Partners

     Adrienne T Hawkins - dance

     Guadulesa - performance painting

     Martha Ritchey - piano, fractals