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​​​​​​Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA
January 2020 to May 2021

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Review:

Leap of Faith Orchestra performs

Supernovae by PEK

by Karl  Ackermann, AllAboutJazz.com


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Links to previous PEK solo releases


Schisms (2020)

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Precendents (2020)

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Coefficient of Unity  (2019)
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Indexical Utterance (2019)
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Closed & Open Universes (2019)
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The Unreality of Time (2018)

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Non-Local Causality (2018)
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Fulcrum  (2018)
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​Thulsa Doom (2017) 
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25 Audio CDs                                    Evil Clown 9271

PEK Solo - Fundamental Units -

Complete Solo Works from Jan 2020 to May 2021​ (​Box Set - Over 29 hours)


Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA

January 2020 to May 2021

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1.  Precedents - Disc 1.1) Events - 28:19
2. Precedents - Disc 1.2) Precursors - 20:50
3. Precedents - Disc 1.3) Antecedents - 28:19
4. Precedents - Disc 2.4) Precedents - 1:11:50
5. Schisms - 1:18:07
6. Some Truths are Known - Disc 1) “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you” for Neal DeGrass Tyson - 1:18:51
7. Some Truths are Known - Disc 2) “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge” for Stephen Hawking - 1:17:45
8. Some Truths are Known - Disc 3) "The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing," for Socrates - 1:18:58
9. Strange Theory of Light & Matter - 1:15:41
10. Pursuing the Ideal Limit of Inquiry - 1:04:51
11. Schematic Abstractions for the Clarinet Family - 1:00:41
12. Fixed Intentions for the Saxophone Family - 59:28
13. Requiem for Raymond - 56:00
14. Unifications - 1:15:41
15. Completeness for Flutes and Double Reeds - 1:11:08
16. For Alto (for Anthony Braxton) - 1:06:12
17. Elaborations - 1:08:38
18. Semantic Notions - Disc 1) Language Acquisition - 1:19:05
19. Semantic Notions - Disc 2) Grammar Formulations - 1:19:33
20. Semantic Notions - Disc 3) Conceptual Relations - 1:18:35
21. Stretching the Fabric of Space - 1:17:35
22. Decision Boundary - 1:11:01
23. Electrolysis - 1:16:33
24. Coulombs - 1:18:07
25. Complex and Real Dimensions - 1:07:28
26. Strange Beauty Out of Chaos - 1:10:39
27. Prisms - 1:18:48


PEK -Composition, all instruments, recording & mixing

On Leap of Faith: "Alien yet familiar, bizarre yet completely fascinating. Expanding, contracting, erupting, settling down, always as one force..." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG

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.

Excerpt from PEK Liner Notes

​OVER 29 HOURS OF MUSIC ON 25 CDS!!!   HALF PRICE COMPARED TO INDIVIDUAL PURCHASE!!!


“... I have enjoyed immensely these performances and am grateful that I have both the ideas and resources to make so much music that I am proud of during this period of great difficulty for musicians everywhere.  Stay tuned for new performances by an energized Evil Clown as we negotiate whatever the universe brings us next.

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 Solo - Fundamental Units

Complete Solo Works from Jan 2020 to May 2021 (25 CD Box Set - Over 29 hours)

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

Liner Notes by PEK

GIANT PEK SOLO BOX SET!!!!

OVER 29 HOURS OF MUSIC ON 25 CDS!!!   HALF PRICE COMPARED TO INDIVIDUAL PURCHASE!!!

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 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.  Over the Winter and Spring, I stopped all Evil Clown work except the solo pieces.

Now that my housemate Raffi and I have both been fully vaccinated (May 2021), I’m opening Evil Clown Headquarters to members of the Roster that have also been fully vaccinated for LIVESTREAMING to YouTube sets.  While I will certainly return to Solo performances at some point, I will likely resume my pre-pandemic rate of a few per year performed when there is a lull in the otherwise hectic Evil Clown Calendar.  There are currently 5 sets on the book for May and June from 4 different Evil Clown Ensembles.  I have been dying to start ensemble work again, and other Evil Clown performers feel the same, so, this will be the last of the rapid fire PEK Solo sets for a while. 

As with all artists, my work naturally falls into periods as my story unfolds.  When a chapter concludes, there is an opportunity to group that chapters work together in a big package.  Doing so helps to make clear the reasons for the grouping and to give the Evil Clown journey definition.  After the venue, Third Life Studios, in Cambridge was forced to close in 2020, the Leap of Faith Orchestra and Sub-Units project which occurred there concluded and I put together a 25 CD Box Set of the 13 performances:  The Complete Leap of Faith Orchestra & Sub-Units performances at Third Life Studios (2017 - 2019).  When the virus fired up, I similarly created a 26 CD box set of selected performances by Metal Chaos Ensemble:  Best of MCE 2015 to 2019.  Like these earlier Box Sets, this new PEK Solo Box Set collects performances by one ensemble belonging to a particular period:  The Stupid Corona Virus. 

Although these CDs would not have existed but for the virus, I have resisted the temptation to title these works for the virus as I have seen others do with their music.  To do so is too depressing.  I prefer to think of this time as an opportunity to create a different category of my music – to work through aesthetic problems not posed by the more typical Evil Clown ensemble performances.  Resuming ensemble work marks the natural end of this period and this new Box Set is a complete record of that period.

When the virus arrived, I conceived a structural schema for producing solo works while the pandemic prevented me from playing with others.  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 provided a framework for creating solo works that are sufficiently different from each other that I was able to produce new work at something close to my usual rate.

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 and looping.
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.

Chronologically, the first Title in this set, Precedents, precedes the Virus by a few months in January of 2020, but it deserves inclusion in this set as a boundary work at the point of transition into the new schema.  All in all, from Precedents (Jan 2020) to Prisms (May 2021), I released 20 titles on 25 CDs containing over 29 hours of music during this period. 

There are 20 releases including two triple CDs and one double CD for a total of 25 CDs containing almost 30 hours of music.  By category, they break down like this:

Category 1:  5 Titles on 5 CDs
Category 2:  2 Titles on 3 CDs
Category 3:  6 Titles on 6 CDs
Category 4:  7 Titles on 11 CDs

I have enjoyed immensely these performances and am grateful that I have both the ideas and resources to make so much music that I am proud of during this period of great difficulty for musicians everywhere.  Stay tuned for new performances by an energized Evil Clown as we negotiate whatever the universe brings us next.

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 – 5/16/21