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

Evil Clown 

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

2

​​​​​​LIVESTREAMED TO YOUTUBE

 Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA
4 June 2022

Video Grabs 

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.

Simulacrum - Reincarnations

Audio CD                                    Evil Clown 9309

Simulacrum - Reincarnations


LIVESTREAMED TO YOUTUBE

Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA

4 June 2022

​bandcamp streaming, downloads and CD mail Order


Reincarnations- 1:10:38


PEK - clarinet & contralto clarinets, alto, & tenor saxophones, mussette, alto flute, medieval horn, accordion, melodica, novation peak, moog subsequent, arp odyssey, Linnstrument controllers, theremin with moogerfooger, [d]ronin, 17 string bass, spring & chime rod boxes, Tibetan bowls, almglocken, crotales, glockenspiel, orchestral chimes, chimes, wood blocks, brontosaurus & tank bells, gongs, plate gong, temple blocks, balafon, xylophone, log drums, cow bells, Englephone
Bob Moores - Jackson electric guitar modded with built-in overdrive/distortion circuit and kill-switch played through Ampkit app on iPhone 13 Pro, softsynth emulators (including Mini-Moog) app on iPad, Mainstage softsynths on  macBook Air, kracklebox, keyboards, electric trumpet with pickups on horn, mouthpiece and straight mute played through Axiom pedal and Ampkit app, kracklebox touch noise  generator, novation peak, moog subsequent, Linnstrument controllers, cymbells, chimes, log drums, wood blocks, temple blocks, cow bells, brontosaurus and tank bells

​Eric Zinman - synthesizer, drums
Albey onBass - fretless bass, signal processing, brontosaurus bell, gongs, almglocken

Joel Simches - Live to 2-track mix, real-time signal processing delay), live to 2 track mix

Liner Notes by PEK

A new project that was conceived just prior to the Virus shut things down is Simulacrum.  This new band is an offshoot of Metal Chaos Ensemble featuring 3 the core members PEK on all my stuff, Eric Woods on analog synth, and Bob Moores on space trumpet, guitar, and electronics.  The basic idea of this band is to increase the amount of electronics, to keep the ancillary percussion and loose the drum set, along with PEK and Bob holding down the horn parts.  Even without the drums, this set tilts more in the noise direction than typical of Metal Chaos Ensemble.  Albey onBass (Balgochian) is an amazing bassist who played with Cecil Taylor in New York for over 10 years in the 00s and 10s.  Albey and his wife Jane had moved to New Orleans and then New York, but have returned to the Boston area…  Lucky us!!  Albey has performed with a number of the Evil Clown ensembles, Leap of Faith, Leap of Faith Orchestra, Turbulence, Metal Chaos Ensemble, Simulacrum and Axioms (featuring the excellent poetry of Albey’s wife Jane SpokenWord).

Pianist/synth player/percussionist Eric Zinman has been an Evil Clown participant in several of the bands over time.  In fact, long before Evil Clown came about, I played with Eric right after showing up in Boston to attend Berklee in 1989.  Eric has also had a trio with Glynis Lomon and Syd Smart that was active throughout my long hiatus in the 00’s.  Eric makes his debut appearance on this set on his synthesizer and a very compact drum kit containing a snare, a floor tom and 3 cymbals.  At times, he plays one or the other, and at times he plays both at once – the keys with his right hand and the drums with his left hand.

This set was originally scheduled to be the core trio with Albey and Eric Zinman as the guests and Joel Simches at the mixer.  The week of the performance, I heard from Eric Woods that he had a family obligation and would not be able to make the set.  Since the ensembles are modular and somewhat difficult to schedule, I rarely ever cancel anything due to a scheduling issue of this kind.  Ironically Eric Zinman had to withdraw from an early Simulacrum set and I have not managed yet to get the two Erics together on a Simulacrum session.

Despite being a quartet instead of quintet for this set, we produced a prototypical Simulacrum session, thick with electronic sounds, horns, killer bass, and the broad palette percussion of an Evil Clown Livestream set.

I like this set and I bet you will too.

PEK Out – 6/5/2022

Excerpt from PEK Liner Notes

“… Despite being a quartet instead of quintet for this set, we produced a prototypical Simulacrum session, thick with electronic sounds, horns, killer bass, and the broad palette percussion of an Evil Clown Livestream set…”

YouTube Video..

Review:

Leap of Faith Orchestra performs

Supernovae by PEK

by Karl  Ackermann, AllAboutJazz.com


---------------------

Links to previous PEK solo releases


Schisms (2020)

bandcamp
YouTube  
Evil Clown Album Page


Precendents (2020)

bandcamp

YouTube  YouTube  YouTube  YouTube

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
YouTube  YouTube  YouTube  YouTube
Evil Clown Album Page