On Metal Chaos Ensemble: "... using unique strategies to yield densely active and eerily surreal music, an incredible excursion through experimental improvisation." - Squidco website staff
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 9322
Turbulence Orchestra - Cyclonic Streams
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Cyclonic Streams - 1:10:46
PEK - clarinet, contralto & contrabass clarinets, alto, tenor & bass saxophones, bass flute, tarota, basss tromboon, melodica, bass ocarinas, bass recorder, goat horn, fog horns, triple slide whistle, [d]ronin, 17-string bass, novation peak, moog subsequent, prophet, Linnstrument controllers, chime rod boxes, spring boxes, gongs, plate gong, crotales, Tibetan bell, crank siren, brontosaurus & tank bells, log drums, wood blocks, almglocken, chimes, voice
David Welans - flute, piccolo, dizi-boehm flute, Englephone, log drums, wood blocks, temple blocks, cymbells
Dennis Livingston - flute, recorders, ocarinas, assorted bottles, cymbells, log drums, Englephone
Michael Caglianone - soprano, alto & tenor saxophones. water bottle, tiny slide whistle, cow bells, gongs, plate gong, almglocken, 17-string bass, chime rod boxes, spring boxes
Bob Moores - trumpet, flugelhorn, pocket trumpet, shofar, wind siren, gongs, almglocken, balafon, chimes, Tibetan bowls, 17-string bass, Englephone, glockenspiel, log drums, brontosaurus bell, orchestral anvils, voice, laughter
Eric Dahlman - trumpet, pocket trumpet, throat singing, recorder, whistle, Tibetan bowls, balafon, glockenspiel, bell, prophet, moog subsequent, novation peak, Linnstrument controllers
Duane Reed - baritone horn, bass trombone, overtone voice, moog subsequent, novation peak, Linnstrument controllers, wood blocks, temple blocks, 17 string bass, Englephone, chimes, trine, temple bell
Liner Notes by PEK
I formed Turbulence in 2015 as I started to assemble players for the Leap of Faith Orchestra. Turbulence, the extended horn section for the Orchestra (along with guests on other instruments), also records and performs as an independent unit. As if this writing in 2021, we have recorded over 30 albums on Evil Clown with greatly varied ensembles. All the smaller Evil Clown bands are really more about a general approach, rather than a specific set of musicians. A session gets credited to Turbulence when it is mostly horn players and the only musician on all of them is me. A session gets crediting to Turbulence Orchestra when the size of the band reaches 8 or more performers. The sessions range from an early duet with Steve Norton and me (Vortex Generation Mechanisms) to a 5-horn band with bass and two percussionists (Encryption Schemes) to four albums by the side project Turbulence Doom Choir which feature myself, multiple tubas, percussion, electronics, and signal processing and many other configurations.
Currently, the Evil Clown Roster has about 20 horn players. When I schedule Turbulence sets, I put one on the weekend and one on a weeknight since some players can only do one or the other. This is the second session of the third cycle of Turbulence sets since vaccines became available and I started having YouTube LiveStreaming sets at Evil Clown Headquarters. Since so many players are available, I’m working on the problem of large ensemble improvisation with big groups of Evil Clown regulars mixed with some relative newbies…
The ensemble ended up numbering 8, including two trumpets, two lower brass and four reeds. This blend of 4 brass and 4 reeds is ideal, allowing the sonority to shift from brass-only sections to reeds only sections to sections that are mixed. Of course, everyone is also doubling percussion and the other instruments spread out around the space. The brass section includes Bob Moores and Eric Dahlman (long-time Evil Clown regulars), low brass is handled by regular Duane Reed on baritone horn and the fabulous return of trombonist Kat Dobbins who has been missing since the beginning of the pandemic. The reeds are me and saxophonist Michael Caglianone and two flute players, David Welans and Dennis Livingston.
I’m super happy with this session. The regulars and the newer arrivals really played extremely well together, listening intently and exercising admirable restraint. Generally speaking, as ensemble size increases, so increases the difficulty of making music which is well-formed and tight. I’m very interested in the aesthetic problems of larger group pure improvisations. My Broad Palate concept is a solution to this problem which works by introducing many different possible sonorities. Over the duration of the work, the combination of instruments undergoes tremendous variation, leading to a sequence of very different movements.
Anyway, I like this set and I bet you will too…
PEK – 8/28/2022
Turbulence Orchestra - Cyclonic Streams
Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA
27 August 2022
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.