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



Leap of Faith Orchestra performs

Supernovae by PEK

by Karl  Ackermann, AllAboutJazz.com

PEK tweak of a Raffi Photo

Liner Notes by PEK

In the early Leap of Faith period (early 90s), we did a number of shows with Strings and myself, in fact, for a while the core trio was myself on reeds, Glynis Lomon on cello, and Craig Schildhauer on bass. String Theory is the extended string section of the Leap of Faith Orchestra, and the current incarnation of this early period Leap of Faith ensemble. As well as being the string section of the orchestra, String Theory performs and records independently. Since we rebooted the Leap of Faith project in 2015, we have released over 10 albums of string and woodwind improvisations…

For this performance we have Glynis and myself plus LOFO regulars Matt Schutchfield on violin, Lucasz Pavlikovsky on cello and Eric Zinman on piano. I brought a bunch of the wood and metal percussion for the auxiliary instruments and we did a very nice CD length improvisation!! … 

PEK, 18 November 2018

String Theory - Quantum Entanglement

Outpost 186, Cambridge MA - 11/17/2018


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String Theory - Quantum Entanglement
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Outpost 186, Cambridge MA - 11/17/2018

1) Quantum Entanglement - 1:10:26  

PEK - sopranino, alto, tenor & bass saxophones, clarinet & contraalto

     clarinet, tarota, mini-bassoon, contrabassoon, tromboon, goat horn,

     melodica, sheng, wood flute, aquasonic, gong, Tibetan bowls, hand chimes,

Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice 

Matt Scutchfield - violin, cello, moogerfooger, aquasonic, flex-a-tone, clown

     horn, voice 
Lucasz Pavlikovsky - cello, violin, hand chimes, aquasonic  
Eric Zinman - piano, piano interior, hand chimes

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.

Photos by Raffi