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


Audio CD                     Evil Clown 9203
Axioms - Manifestations
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Manifestations- 1:07:26

Jane SpokenWord - spoken word

PEK - alto & bass saxophones, clarinet & contralto

     clarinet, bass tromboon, AKai EWI5000, [d]ronin,

     daxophone, gongs, tank & brontosaurus bells,    

     Tibetan bowls, crotales, cymbells, orchestral chimes 
Albey onBass - electric upright bass, gongs 
Joel Simches - live to 2 track recording, real time 

     signal processing 

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.

Axioms - Recordings

​Audio CD             Evil Clown 9279

Axioms - Hypotheses
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1) Hypotheses - 1:10:47

   Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA

   24 July 2021

Jane SpokenWord  - poetry, spoken word
PEK -  clarinet, contralto & contrabass clarinets, alto & tenor saxophones, bass flute, piccolo oboe, bass tromboon, sheng, [d]ronin, electric chimes, chime rod boxes, telstar, spring boxes, gongs, Tibetan bowls & bells, glockenspiel, crotales, orchestral chimes. looper, voice

Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice
Albey onBass - electric upright bass,


Steve Niemitz -  drums, gongs, plate gongs, brontosaurus & tank bells, cow bells, almgocken, chimes, log dums,wood blocks, temple blocks​
Joel Simches - live to 2 track recording


Leap of Faith Orchestra performs

Supernovae by PEK

by Karl  Ackermann, AllAboutJazz.com

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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