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

2

YouTube

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. 

Yuri left Leap of Faith at the end of 2019.  Two of the next Leap of Faith shows were trios in early 2020 just before the pandemic:  one with analog synth player Eric Woods LIVESTREAMING to YouTube (The Observed Present - https://leapoffaith1.bandcamp.com/album/the-observed-present), and one with drummer percussionist Steve Niemitz at Bonnie Kane’s night in Holyoake, western Mass (Trajectories - https://leapoffaith1.bandcamp.com/album/trajectories).  Both of these great players have played in different settings in Evil Clown Ensembles, but neither had performed in a small Leap of Faith setting.  Both performances were fantastic, but any follow-up was squashed by the lock-down.  Leap of Faith did only one performance during the pandemic proper (Trio with Eric Zinman, True Representations of Reality - https://leapoffaith1.bandcamp.com/album/true-representations-of-reality).


Now that things are loosening up and I have opened Evil Clown Headquarters for LIVESTREAMING performances, one of the obvious configurations for a Leap of Faith set was a quartet with Eric and Steve.  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 6/28/2021

Squidco Blurb   

Boston's Leap of Faith Orchestra core duo is multi-reedist David Peck (PEK), also a multi-instrumentalist and keeper of Evil Clown's massive arsenal of unusual percussive instruments, and LOFO's drummer Steve Niemitz, also performing on a diverse percussion set, here in a quartet with synth player Eric Woods and cellist Glynis Lomon, captured from a 2021 live-streamed concert.”


Liner Notes Excerpt by PEK

"... Now that things are loosening up and I have opened Evil Clown Headquarters for LIVESTREAMING performances, one of the obvious configurations for a Leap of Faith set was a quartet with Eric and Steve.  This is a strong set as I expected, since everyone is still very excited to be able to play music again with others..."  

Video Grabs

​​Audio CD                                     Evil Clown 9276

Leap of Faith - Lattice 
streaming, downloads and CD mail Order

Squidco:  CD Orders

1)  Lattice - 1:10:15

PEK - clarinet & contrabass clarinet, sopranino, tenor & alto saxophones, piccolo oboe, contrabassoon, wood flute, ocarinas, chromatic harmonica, melodica,  sheng, gongs, brontosaurus & tank bells, chimes, crotales, cymbells, daxophone, moog subsequent, prophet, novation peak, syntrix, imperium lfo Synth, [d[ronin, chime & spring boxes, telstar, electric chimes, aquasonic, voice  


Glynis Lomon  cello, aquasonic, voice


​Eric Woods - analog synthesis, chimes, gong, temple blocks

Steve Niemitz - drums, gongs, plate gong, orchestral chimes, crotales, glockenspiel, xylophone, Englephone, daiko, brontosaurus & tank bells, almglocken, trine, Tibetan bowls, wood blocks, temple blocks, log drums, rachet, seed pod rattles, castanets, [d[ronin, chime & spring boxes, telstar, electric chimes


Review:

Leap of Faith Orchestra performs

Supernovae by PEK

by Karl  Ackermann, AllAboutJazz.com

Leap of Faith - Lattice

Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA - 27 June 2021

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.