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

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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.

Review:

Leap of Faith Orchestra performs

Supernovae by PEK

by Karl  Ackermann, AllAboutJazz.com

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​​​​​​Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA
11 April 2021

Review by Darren Bergstein, Downtown Music Gallery

PEK SOLO - Complex and Real Dimensions (Evil Clown 9268; USA) Dave PEK solo records are, first and foremost, journeys. Each one represents a particular aural snapshot of where his muse is at that very moment, and prolific though he is, he exercises that muse with enormous breadth of imagination, resulting in a slew of fairly unique recordings that cross boundaries with ease and vision. Such multilayered contraptions don’t simply travel from point A to point B; on the contrary, when you listen to any given edition birthed from PEK HQ, you’re instantly thrust into a soundspace that simultaneously leads and engulfs you. This latest missive is a glorious index of metals, PEK embedding his collection of bells, chimes, glockenspiels, spring boxes, harps, etc. in lush fields of widescreen reverberation and cyberlogical delay, helped along thanks to his mighty loop station and Korg MS20 electronic rack. ‘Course, his trusty array of horns, comprised of numerous flute, clarinet and similar types, isn’t far away: twelve minutes in to this illustrious mindmeld of a solo, he indulges in a huge and acrid clarinet solo, the likes of which conjure the spirits of Ayler, Dolphy, and Chapin in a literal tearing at the very fabric of the universe, brought back ferociously from their infinite realms to breathe fire amongst the ghosts residing within PEK’s studio magnifique. Another far-ranging pictorial of mystic spiritualism imbibed with free-thinking experimentalism from the man with a thousand fingers. - Darren Bergstein, DMG

Audio CD                                    Evil Clown 9268

PEK Solo - Complex And Real Dimensions


Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA

11 April 2021

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PEK -Composition, all instruments, recording & mixing
clarinet, contrabass clarinet, alto & tenor saxophone, piccolo oboe, medieval pipe, alto flute, Russian 5 hole flute, sheng, gongs, plate gongs, brontosaurus & tank bells, orchestral chimes, golckenspiel, almglocken, wood blocks, temple blocks, electric upright bass, Korg MS20, Loop station, digital delay, [d]ronin, spring harp, telstar, electric chimes, large spring box, hedgehog chime rod boxes

Liner Notes by PEK

Every once in a while, there is a break in the crazy schedule here at Evil Clown and I have some time to do a solo album.  Our grand olde pal, the Corona Virus has provided such a break in spades….  At the beginning of the 2020, it appeared that the year would be our busiest yet…  We did a bunch of albums in January, February and the first weeks of March, and then I was forced to cancel a bunch of wonderful performances scheduled for the months that followed.   So, I caught up all my old business:  web site, social media, distribution, and the other non-musical activity required to drive the enterprise.  Then I took a month off…  my biggest rest since I started up in 2015 after my long hiatus.  In mid-May I started up again, conceiving some new means of producing some of the enormous output normally achieved by Evil Clown.  In the Fall I did a huge series of solo works along with a few Metal Chaos Ensemble sets with Yuri and Mike Gruen.

Now entering the second calendar year to be effected by the Stupid Virus, I really miss playing with others…  For obvious reasons, I have been producing a lot more PEK Solo albums than I do typically.  I conceived a structural schema for producing solo works while we wait for the virus to be over.  As with larger ensemble Evil Clown sessions, the planning involves selecting sound resources from the massive Evil Clown Arsenal and setting up the studio with these instruments to allow rapid changes in instrumentation and therefore in sonority.  This system provides a framework to create solo works that are sufficiently different from each other that I can continue to produce new work at something close to my usual rate even while I can’t perform with others.

The PEK Solo albums fall into four categories:

1)  One continuous track (no overdubbing) of PEK playing one or many instruments with or without signal processing.
2)  One continuous track of PEK playing one or many instruments with a prerecorded mix of samples drawn from the Evil Clown Catalog or specially recorded at Evil Clown Headquarters.  Solo albums from before 2020 fall into the categories 1 & 2.
3)  A Quartet of PEKs – Four continuous tracks of one PEK each playing many instruments on each pass.  Some of these use broad pallets and some use very focused pallets.
4)  An Orchestra of PEKs – Many tracks of PEKs performing on a broad section of the Arsenal.

On the last album PEK Solo, A Quartet of PEKs – Strange Beauty Out of Chaos, I premiered recent additions to the Arsenal made my Tim Kaiser.  These are very cool electro-acoustic instruments which amplify sounds made on unusual materials like springs, steel rods, bowed cymbals, etc.  They fit really well with a few instruments from this timbre set that have been around in the Arsenal for a few years, the [d]ronin, the daxophone and the mpa 019.  These instruments are basically electric percussion and also go really well with the wood and metal sounds already available in the Arsenal.

For Strange Beauty, which was for a quartet of PEKs, I laid down two tracks with these instruments and percussion and then two tracks with these instruments and horns.  Recently, I’ve been using a loop station to build some accompaniment tracks in real time like in Decision Boundary.  Complex & Real Dimensions is a Category 2 PEK Solo…  I set up a long loop just before the main recording with electro-acoustic timber set and percussion.  One of the Tim Kaiser instruments, called Large Spring Box, has its own internal looper and I set up a short loop on this instrument.  These loops were prepared beforehand and not in real time, which is why I categorize this piece as Category 2.

I used the loops to create a texture bed under some of the horn solos, and as interludes along with new sounds from this Timbre Set and the percussion.  I also played the electro acoustic instruments without the loops or horns and the horns with no accompaniment sounds.  All of the decisions about the sounds used were made in real time during the performance unlike the Quartet of PEKs and Orchestra of PEKs sets which are studio constructions with overdubbing.  I’m super happy with this set and I bet you will like it too…

I expect that I will be able to resume the rapid schedule interrupted a year ago.  I have been in periodic communication with members of the various units, and we are all chompin’ at the bit!!  Stay tuned for a flood of new works by Leap of Faith, Metal Chaos Ensemble, Turbulence and other Evil Clown Ensembles starting up in May…

As usual, the chaos of the universe throws out problems which require our attention.   Expression must be expressed.  Music must be made.  The chaos of the universe demands it.

PEK – 4/11/21


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Links to previous PEK solo releases


Schisms (2020)

bandcamp
YouTube  
Evil Clown Album Page


Precendents (2020)

bandcamp

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Evil Clown Album Page


Coefficient of Unity  (2019)
bandcamp
YouTube  
Evil Clown Album Page


Indexical Utterance (2019)
bandcamp
YouTube  
Evil Clown Album Page

Closed & Open Universes (2019)
bandcamp
YouTube  
Evil Clown Album Page


The Unreality of Time (2018)

bandcamp
Evil Clown Album Page


Non-Local Causality (2018)
bandcamp
Evil Clown Album Page

Fulcrum  (2018)
bandcamp
YouTube  
Evil Clown Album Page


​Thulsa Doom (2017) 
bandcamp
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Evil Clown Album Page

PEK Solo - Complex and Real Dimensions

​Review Excerpt by Darren Bergstein, Downtown Music Gallery

“… twelve minutes in to this illustrious mindmeld of a solo, he indulges in a huge and acrid clarinet solo, the likes of which conjure the spirits of Ayler, Dolphy, and Chapin in a literal tearing at the very fabric of the universe, brought back ferociously from their infinite realms to breathe fire amongst the ghosts residing within PEK’s studio magnifique.  Another far-ranging pictorial of mystic spiritualism imbibed with free-thinking experimentalism from the man with a thousand fingers …” 


​Squidco Blurb 

​Before initiating the live improvisation that makes up Complex & Real Dimensions, reedist and multi-instrumentalist David Peck built a foundation track including electro-acoustic instruments created by Tim Kaiser, particularly the loop-capable "Large Spring Box", creating tone, timbre and interludes over which PEK passionately performs.


 Excerpt from PEK Liner Notes

"...  I used the loops to create a texture bed under some of the horn solos, and as interludes along with new sounds from this Timbre Set and the percussion.  I also played the electro acoustic instruments without the loops or horns and the horns with no accompaniment sounds.  All of the decisions about the sounds used were made in real time during the performance unlike the Quartet of PEKs and Orchestra of PEKs sets which are studio constructions with overdubbing.  I’m super happy with this set and I bet you will like it too…”

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