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 

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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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).

This set was originally scheduled to be the core trio with Albey as the guest and Joel Simches at the mixer.  The morning of the performance, I heard from Eric Woods that he had a nasty cold 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.  Instead of a quartet with Joel recording, I asked Joel to bring some of his tasty extra signal processing gadgets and perform his Perturbations role for this set.

Joel does real-time signal processing for all the ensembles whenever he is recording, the Perturbations credit occurs when the amount of processing on the sounds of the ensemble is at its maximum.  So, in effect, Joel is subbing on signal processing for Eric’s missing analog synthesis. 

I like this set and I bet you will too.

PEK Out – 2/19/2022

Simulacrum - Semblance

Excerpt from PEK Liner Notes

“… This set was originally scheduled to be the core trio with Albey as the guest and Joel Simches at the mixer.  The morning of the performance, I heard from Eric Woods that he had a nasty cold 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.  Instead of a quartet with Joel recording, I asked Joel to bring some of his tasty extra signal processing gadgets and perform his Perturbations role for this set… "


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Simulacrum - Semblance


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Semblance - 1:14:27


PEK - clarinet, contralto & contrabass clarinets, alto & tenor saxophones, piccolo oboe, alto flute, 5 hole wood flute, slide whistle, kazoo, melodica, concertina, 17-string bass, glockenspiel, crotales, gongs, plate gong, orchestral chimes, rachet, brontosaurus & tank bells, Tibetan bowls & bells, Englephone, log drums, xylophone, balafon, wood & temple  blocks, almglocken, cowbells, spring boxes, tel-star, chimes, chime rod boxes, electric chimes, [d]ronin, lfo & frankenstein synths, moog subsequent, prophet, syntrix, novation peak, LinnStrument midi controllers
Bob Moores - electric upright bass, signal processing, bronosaurus bell, log drums, wood & temple blocks, chimes, chime rod boxes
Albey onBass - electric upright bass, signal processing, bronosaurus bell, log drums, wood & temple blocks, chimes, chime rod boxes

Joel Simches - perturbations (lexicon reverb & vortex, roland SDE300, echoplex, warp factory, sony reverb, boss DD500 delay & rotary ensemble, TC electronics M300, ADA 2FX, korg delay), live to 2 track mix

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.

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Review:

by Darren Bergstein, Downtown Music Gallery


SIMULACRUM Semblance (Evil Clown 9297; US) Amongst the many outfits that Evil Clown impresario Dave PEK has hatched through his own singular dominion, the collective he dubs Simulacrum can really turn your ears inside out, and for this lot, that’s really saying something. Yes, every project PEK and his motley crew dabble in has overtones relatable to the other (some more horn-based, others more on the spacey tip) but for this latest Simulacrum, PEK, and his fellow multi-instrumentalists—Bob Moores, Albey OnBass, and Joel SImches—pull out all the stops, set the controls for the heart of the sun, and blast off to parts unknown that only a hybrid merger of Sun Ra, Hawkwind, Pink Floyd, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, and Musica Elettronica Viva could devise. If those folks tweak your lobes a thing or two, then Semblance is surely your cuppa ummagumma. As is the standard M.O. for a typical Evil Clown joint, the quartet of red inaugurate a single improvised headstate across its 74-plus minute latitude. The piece churns ’n’ burns right out of the starting gate, with various fizzing, digital spasmodix, glorious lo-frequency static distortion, and synths a-plenty eventually giving way to PEK and Moores’s strangulated horn cries. Things burble, bubble, and come to a hot boil roughly forty minutes in, as PEK’s horns attempt to eviscerate the darkness, only they’re nearly buried in a quicksand of decommissioned tones and Simches’s expert signal processing, a textbook example of studio mind (tricks) over matter. At the fifty to fifty-four minute duration, a whole slew of percussive rain thunderbursts overhead and the quartet let loose a barrage of brash, magisterial synth and sequencer that would do any 70s hirsute krautrocker proud, augmented by a battalion of high trumpet that feels like the galactic empire’s entire fleet is gearing up for an interstellar assault bent massive. By the time the piece winds down and you can manage the odd breath, PEK and Co. have once again demonstrated that their performative genius remains epic— why remain tethered to stylistic boundaries when you can summarily invent your own? Breathtaking.


- Darren Bergstein, DMG

Review Excerpt:

by Darren Bergstein, Downtown Music Gallery


"...  By the time the piece winds down and you can manage the odd breath, PEK and Co. have once again demonstrated that their performative genius remains epic— why remain tethered to stylistic boundaries when you can summarily invent your own? Breathtaking."

- Darren Bergstein, DMG

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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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