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

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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

Raffi Photo Tweaked by PEK

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


Review by Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG    

METAL CHAOS ENSEMBLE With PEK / ERIC WOODS / MOOUSE TRAORE / JOEL SIMCHES / YURI ZBITNOV -  Reverberatory Furnace / Live Streaming from Evil Clown Headquarters (Evil Clown 928; USA) Featuring PEK on clarinets, alto, tenor & bass saxes, english horn, flute, Moog and assorted percussion, Eric Woods on analog synth, Moouse Traore on djembe & talking drum, Joel Simches on recording & processing and Yuri Zbitnov on drums, taiko and other percussion. Considering that there are more than a 100 discs from Leap of Faith and their various offshoot projects, the personnel, aside from the 3 founding members (PEK, Lomon & Zbitnov), is different on each release. The Metal Chaos Ensemble usually includes both PEK and Mr. Zbitnov, as it does here. For this quintet session, Eric Woods and Joel Simches both add electronics or live processing, while new member Moouse Traore, add African acoustic percussion: djembe and talking drum. Hence, we get a nice blend of acoustic and electronics instruments/sounds. Starting with subtle layers of percussion (African village-like sound), a double reed of sorts and soft background drones, all slowly building in an organic way. There is mostly just percussion: trap drums, djembe and soft, quirky electronics for long sections. This disc is the most laid back of anything from the LoF catalogue. No screaming vocals or over the top reeds solos. It seems to be more moody or dream -like at times. A completely different side of the usual spectrum.

- Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG    

Liner Notes by PEK

Metal Chaos Ensemble was formed in early 2015 by PEK and Yuri Zbitnov as a working project to explore chaotic rhythms on metallic instruments. I had started to amass the Evil Clown Arsenal of percussion, electronic and wind instruments and we needed a workshop to develop this universe of sounds for the Leap of Faith Orchestra. It was immediately obvious that Metal Chaos Ensemble had a sound to itself and over the last three years has been one of the most prolific Evil Clown ensembles. We have produced a bunch of albums covering a wide range of sonority sets, but always with the presence of Gongs, chimes, glockenspiel, Tibetan Bowls and many other metallic sounds and the horns of PEK. All Metal Chaos Ensemble sessions include at least myself and Yuri, along with a whole bunch of different guests.

In the early days of MCE, most of our sets were with multiple percussion players. More of the recent MCE sets have a bigger variety of instruments with everyone doubling percussion, more emphasis on electronic instruments and signal processing, and fewer dedicated percussionists… This set is more old school, featuring as our special guest Moouse Traore on Djembe! Also, it’s not-so-old school, since Yuri and Moouse set up killer grooves for much of the set, wheras old-school MCE is more texture oriented and less groove heavy…

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PEK 6/1/2019


Metal Chaos Ensemble 

     - Reverberatory Furnace 

Evil Clown Headquarters, Walthm MA - 30 May 2019

​Audio CD                 Evil Clown 9218

Metal Chaos Ensemble

     - Reverberatory Furnace


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Reverberatory Furnace - 1:10:39

PEK -  clarinet & contralto clarinet, alto, tenor & bass saxophones, English horn, bamboo flute, bass tromboon, orchestral chimes, brontosaurus & tank bells, gongs, mallet controller, moog subsequent, prophet, wood, metal 

Yuri Zbitnov - 1,2) drums, daiko, Englephone, wood blocks, gong, metal

Eric Woods - analog electronics, cymbells, metal 

Moouse Traore - djembe, talking drum, metal 

Joel Simches - live-to-2-track recording, realtime signal processing

Review by Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG    

“…Starting with subtle layers of percussion (African village-like sound), a double reed of sorts and soft background drones, all slowly building in an organic way. There is mostly just percussion: trap drums, djembe and soft, quirky electronics for long sections...  It seems to be more moody or dream-like at times. A completely different side of the usual spectrum.”  (full text below)

Squidco Blurb
Metal Chaos Ensemble: Reverberatory Furnace
"Exploring chaotic rhythms on metallic instruments, the Metal Chaos Ensemble was formed in 2015 by multi-instrumentalist/reedist PEK and percussionist Yuri Zbitnov, using the "Evil Clown Arsenal" of exotic and unusual percussive instruments including gongs, chimes, glockenspiel, Tibetan Bowls and many other metallic sounds, here in an extended set with guest Moouse Traore on Djembe."

- Squidco Staff