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​Audio CD                    Evil Clown 9273

Leap of Faith - Imaginary Perspectives 

Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA
23 May 2021


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PEK -  clarinet & contrabass clarinet, tenor & alto saxophones, alto flute, piccolo oboe, sheng, guqin, guitarron, gongs, plate gong, brontosaurus & tank bells, Tibetan bells, almglocken, wood blocks, temple blocks, seed pod rattles, cowbells, orchestral chimes, xylophone, glockenspiel, chimes, crotales, cymbells, [d[ronin, chime & spring boxes, telstar, electric chimes
Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice 

Bob Moores - trumpet, piccolo trumpet, crotales, almglocken, gongs, chimes, wood blocks, temple blocks, cowbells, brontosaurus & tank bells, Englephone, [d[ronin, chime & spring boxes, telstar, electric chimes, talking drum, guitarron, prophet



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Review Excerpt by Bruce Lee Gallanter,
                      Downtown Music Gallery   


LEAP OF FAITH with PEK / GLYNIS LOMON / BOB MOORES - Imaginary Perspectives (Evil Clown 9273; USA) Featuring PEK on clarinets, saxes, flute, oboe, gongs, bells and assorted percussion; Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice and Bob Moores on trumpets, guitarron, Prophet synth and assorted percussion. It’s been a year since the ever-prolific Evil Clown label has released a new disc from their main band Leap of Faith. Due to the pandemic/close-down era, Dave PEK worked on and released nearly two dozen solo PEK projects/discs. I am glad they are back since Leap of Faith are/is the best and most enduring of the half dozen other projects that PEK is involved with. For this disc, the version of Leap of Faith is just a trio with two founding members, PEK and Glynis Lomon (mostly cello) plus a newer member, Bob Moores (mostly trumpets), who is already an established member of the Evil Clown empire and is found on some two dozen discs.


   One of the things I like most about Leap of faith is that their music often sounds cinematic, three dimensional, like walking in an African or South American jungle with animal, insects and natural sounds floating around us. All three members of Leap of Faith play some sort of percussion instrument or at least an aquasonic (bowed or plucked vase), hence there is often a layer or two of percussive sounds: drums, gongs, cymbals, bells, chimes, crotales, xylophone, glockenspiel and much more. This disc starts with some solemn ritualistic percussion. PEK has also become a great producer, the balance, warmth, and organic diversity is quite special. The trumpet and cello eventually enter and take their time to express themselves. Even when Leap of Faith strip things down, their music is still evocative, fascinating. At one point, Mr. Moores takes a soft, solemn, lonely sounding trumpet solo, rather like a candle burning in the dark providing the only light. Haunting, with Ms. Lomon’s somber, plucked or bowed cello rumbling underneath. Following the trumpet, PEK comes in on clarinet, again taking his time with a long, slowly unfolding solo with rustling cello and shaken bells underneath. Much of the percussion is recorded close mic’d so that it sounds like the musicians are right next to us in the same space. Throughout this long 70 minute disc, the sound is most haunting, hypnotic and engaging.


- Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG          

Review Excerpt by Bruce Lee Gallanter,

                      Downtown Music Gallery   

“…their music often sounds cinematic, three dimensional, like walking in an African or South American jungle with animal, insects and natural sounds floating around us….  Throughout this long 70 minute disc, the sound is most haunting, hypnotic and engaging


Liner Notes Excerpt by PEK (Full Notes Below)  

"… This is the first Leap of Faith set since I opened Evil Clown Headquarters to fully vaccinated members of the Evil Clown Roster. I’m not really in a hurry to start public performances just yet. The LIVESTREAMING shows are performances that do not carry any Covid risk to either the musicians or the audience. Plus we have the studio recording equipment and the full Evil Clown Arsenal of instruments to select from…”   


Squidco Blurb 

"The core duet of the Leap of Faith Orchestra of David Peck on clarinets, saxophones, clarinets & flutes, and Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice are joined by Evil Clown regular, Bob Moores on trumpet, guitar, electronics & percussion, the excitement evident as the trio performed together live in the studio the first time after pandemic vaccinations."


Leap of Faith - Imaginary Perspectives

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Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA

23  May 2021

Review:

Leap of Faith Orchestra performs

Supernovae by PEK

by Karl  Ackermann, AllAboutJazz.com

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.

Liner Notes by PEK

Leap of Faith is the core duet of the Leap of Faith Orchestra (LOFO) comprised of PEK on clarinets, saxophones, clarinets & flutes, and Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice.  The ensemble is based in Boston and dates back to the early 90s.  We utilize a huge arsenal of additional Evil Clown instruments to improvise long works featuring transformations across highly varied sonorities.   At times, the core unit has been a trio or even a quartet.  The longest running core unit was comprised of PEK, Glynis and drummer Yuri Zbitnov, who played for the last couple of years of the archival period and the first 5 years of the reboot starting in 2015.  The ensemble has always been highly modular and our many recordings (well over 100) feature the core unit in dozens of configurations with a huge list of guests and occasionally as only the core unit with no guests. 

Bob Moores, our guest for this performance, is an Evil Clown regular with over 50 appearances on albums by the Evil Clown Ensembles Leap of Faith, Leap of Faith Orchestra, Turbulence, Metal Chaos Ensemble, and Mekaniks.  Originally a trumpet player, he now also plays guitar, electronics and percussion.  We love multi-instrumentalists at Evil Clown, since more doubling in the ensemble leads to greater variety of Sonority in the improvisation.

This is the first Leap of Faith set since I opened Evil Clown Headquarters to fully vaccinated members of the Evil Clown Roster.  I’m not really in a hurry to start public performances just yet.  The LIVESTREAMING shows are performances that do not carry any Covid risk to either the musicians or the audience.  Plus we have the studio recording equipment and the full Evil Clown Arsenal of instruments to select from…

This is a strong set as I expected, since everyone is still very excited to be able to play music again with others.  Stayed tuned for a steady stream of new sets over the next few months from Leap of Faith and all the other active Evil Clown ensembles.

PEK 5/24/21

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