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 


Axioms - Recordings

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

​Audio CD             Evil Clown 9307

Axioms - Meaning & Truth
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1) Meaning & Truth - 1:12:40

   Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA

   14 May 2022


Jane SpokenWord  - poetry, spoken word
PEK - clarinet, contralto & contrabass clarinets, alto, tenor & bass saxophones, bass flute, sheng, orchestral chimes, chimes, gongs, xylophone, balafon, [d]ronin, 17 string bass, spring & chime boxes, plate gong, Tibetan bowls, almglocken, Englephone, crotales, glockenspiel, log drums, crank siren, voice

Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice
Albey onBass - electric upright bass, brontosaurus bell, log drums, gong, voice


Audio CD                     Evil Clown 9321
Axioms - Let the Following be Postulated
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Let the Following be Postulated - 1:10:46

Jane SpokenWord - poetry, spoken word, gong, chimes

PEK - clarinet, contralto & contrabass clarinets, alto & tenor saxophones, bass flute, shenai, melodica, chimes, gongs, [d]ronin, 17 string bass, spring & chime boxes, electric chimes, Tibetan bells, plate gong, almglocken, crotales, glockenspiel,  log drums, wood blocks, brontosaurus & tank bells, novation peak, moog subsequent, syntrix, Linnstrument controllers
Albey onBass - electric fretless bass, brontosaurus bell, log drums, gong, wood blocks, almglocken, novation peak, moog subsequent, Linnstrument controllers, spoken word

Evil Clown 

​Audio CD             Evil Clown 9295

Axioms - Illusion and Reality​
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1) Illusion and Reality - 1:09:44

   Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA

   20 January 2022


Jane SpokenWord  - poetry, spoken word, Englephone
PEK -  clarinet, contralto & contrabass clarinets, sopranino, alto, & tenor saxophones, piccolo oboe, tarota, daxophone, [d]ronin, spring & chime boxes, electric chimes, chimes, gongs, orchestral chimes, brontosaurus & tank bells, plate gong, Tibetan bells & bowls, almglocken, crotales, glockenspiel, cow bells, log drums, wood blocks, temple blocks. balafon, xylophone, aquasonic, spoken word

Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice
Albey onBass - electric upright bass, brontosaurus bell, spoken word

Joel Simches - live to 2 track recording

​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,

   gongs 

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

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

​Audio CD             Evil Clown 9287

Axioms - Discourse

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1) Discourse- 1:09:43

   Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA

   24 July 2021


Jane SpokenWord  - poetry, spoken word
PEK -  clarinet, contralto & contrabass clarinets, alto & tenor saxophones, bass flute, Christmas flute, mussette, sheng, prophet, novation peak, moog subsequent, Linnstrument controllers, syntrix, [d]ronin, electric chimes, chime rod boxes, telstar, spring boxes, gongs, thunder sheet, Tibetan bowls & bells, glockenspiel, crotales, orchestral chimes, xylophone, balafon, almglocken, seed pod rattle, castanets, wind siren

Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice
Albey onBass - fretless bass, spoken word

Steve Niemitz -  drums, gongs, Englephone, glockenspiel, crotales, orchestral chimes, xylophone, balafon, almglocken​
Joel Simches - live to 2 track recording