Press on Evil Clown:

Dave Peck: Evil Clowns Records, de l'impro sans concession

       by Claude Loxhay, Jazz Halo - Belgium

"Leap of Faith vient de sortir l'album Field Extensions (Evil Clown 9115), une pièce d'environ une heure qui s'ouvre sur une séquence de flexatone (plaque de métal percutée par des billes) et débouche sur une explosion de sonorités brutes, mélangeant sonorités acoustiques et électriques, dans un véritable magma sonore: une musique improvisée, aléatoire, bruitiste qui est à la musique ce que peut être l'art brut à la peinture traditionnelle...."


​​Press on Leap of Faith: 

Bruce Lee Gallanter Introduction to Infinite Perimeters performance
"... In the 1960s there was the Mothers of Invention, in the 70s there was Soft Machine and Henry Cow, in the 80s there was Naked City and in the 90s there was Masada. In the aughts, we have Leap of Faith who are here with us today... they came down from the Boston area... It's a long trip... this is an underground scene so we're all really lucky to be here hearing the music and hanging out with people who care about the same things we care about..." 
   - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


On Supernovae...
"... the orchestra ... created some highly engaging and unique music, generating layers upon layers of sound and texture. The overall feeling is organic and vital, balancing space and density.  ... It's best to describe this music as an experience, as there is little to suggest what will happen next, and no repeated melodies or extended themes, rather it's a sequence of improvised events that culminate into a greater whole. ... Each visit with the Leap of Faith folks reveals new ideas and revised approaches. Supernovae strikes me as a milestone in PEK's vision and his group's cohesion - less aggressive, more nuanced and spacious. A neat addition to an expanding musical universe." 
   - Paul Acquaro, FreeJazzBlog


On Supernovae... 
"PEK's ensemble—not surprisingly—includes enough non-traditional and weird instruments to compete with a Dr. Seuss orchestra...   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." 

   - Karl Ackermann, AllAboutJazz

On Supernovae...
“The first part features an extraordinary percussion section for tympani’s, cymbals and other layers of small percussion. This long work (77 minutes) sounds like it is sectional, with various subgroups emerging and with occasional solos rising above the waves. If I didn’t know better, I would think that this was a Braxton or Globe Unity Orchestra piece, this is how strong and well-balanced it is...  As a longtime fan of large ensembles and orchestras, this is one of the more successful orchestral units I’ve heard in a long while! Long live Leap of Faith and their ever-growing network.”

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG


On Supernovae...
"Leap of Faith Orchestra is one of the most ambitious projects within avant-garde jazz approaching work such as that of Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Arkestra in range and scope...   There is so much movement happening, the music can only be consumed as a whole, rather than focusing on subsections or individuals...  The music is both free and very structured simultaneously. This piece is less about melody, but meant to be heard, as an experience. This music will take listeners to different places; a mental journey of the imagination, as the music opens the door to other dimensions."   
   - Marc Edwards, JazzRightNow


On Supernovae...
"Composer and instrumentalist PEK (David Peck) has created a big band experience decidedly different from nearly any other. Not for PEK are standard charts with themes and room for soloists; instead an extended (some 77 minutes) ‘composition’ for orchestra is replete with various and sundry unusual instruments and  delineated sections in which a variety of colors and textures take center stage, leaving a listener with the distinct feeling of experiencing something of note....  If these descriptions seem vague and non-defined, be assured that as a full musical experience, there are wonders to be discovered. "  
   - Donald Elfman, New York City Jazz Record


On Unbounded Sets...
 

"The first set starts off quietly with Ms. Lomon’s hypnotic bowed cello, subtle percussion, vibes, an organic interweaving of several reeds, double-reeds… This must be the most laid-back of the many sets of Leap of Faith that I’ve caught or reviewed...  ​The three reeds players work well together with their kaleidoscopic, ever shifting blend of various reeds. Consistently engaging yet still holding back and never giving in to unnecessary extremes. This was one of their best sets..."
  - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


On Infinite Perimeters...
"Free music legends from the Boston area, Leap of Faith, took their annual sojourn south and played here at DMG on Sunday, April 2nd, less than two weeks ago...  An extraordinary night here at DMG once again for those in attendance...  Leap of Faith (LoF) sets/discs are always well-recorded and after checking them out live on three occasions, I know what to expect yet they still surprise me with their focused improv....  What makes this special is the way these folks play together: tight, intricate dialogue without anyone ever stepping on anyone else’s toes...  It seems hard to believe that this disc was recorded at DMG since it captures Leap of Faith at their best, relaxed yet still cosmic. Start your Leap of Faith collection today with this treasure chest! ​"

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery   


On Centroids...
"​Like many of the Leap of faith sessions, this one begins slowly with a somewhat ritualistic aura. Several clarinets or other reeds, cymbals, assorted metal percussion give this an Art Ensemble of Chicago-like vibe....   While listening to the second half of this hour long disc, the music reminded me of way life is right now: ridiculous, hard-to-believe, explosive, too intense at times with occasional moments of humor or low-key reflection.   Yet another twisted treasure from the deluge of great Leap of Faith discs."     

- Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG

On Pseudorandom Generators...
"This quartet version of Leap of Faith is compact: focused and fortified. The interplay the two reedmen is consistently inspired and probing. Somewhere between the Art Ensemble of Chicago (small instruments, whistles & metals) and Euro Free/jazz/improv is what we have here... From somber to stimulating to mind-blowing!"
     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG


On Emergent Properties
"The guitars slowly weave their sound into controlled chaos which is both intoxicating and somewhat disorienting.  In one segment midway, the cello, double-reed(s) and electronics blend into an intense, hypnotic mirage with a calm center. Much of this long section midway is restrained yet filled with some strange nuanced sounds: drones, hums, bowed strings and percussive fragments... It is another ridiculous high point, certain to make some smile and others perhaps wince. With so many fine discs under their collective belt (more than 100), how do they continue to release such genuine gems?!? The legend of Leap of Faith continues…"

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG


On The Expanding Universe... 
"The sole track (being the title track) is a sprawling epic at seventy-seven minutes and does indeed deviate between the austere and the chaotic, but as always, composer PEK has a higher purpose. Swerving whistles and a siren usher in the piece with no small amount of urgency building to a crescendo of noise before a lone tuba replaces near-calamity with dark mystery. Later, piano and alternate devices struggle for dominance, lopsided melodies collide with bells, blocks and cymbals in a musical representation of the album's stated theme... Like any uncharted exploration, attention to detail makes this experimental journey a memorable experience."  
     - Karl Ackermann, AllAboutJazz


On The Expanding Universe...

"The results are pretty extraordinary. The work is very long, nearly 77 minutes and goes through different sections. The music sounds directed since it moves in precise waves with different subsections rising and falling back into the often turbulent sea of sounds. A number of different things stand out: an intense free piano solo (Peter Cassino), a layer of brass waves sailing with another layer of twisted reeds, sporadic double rhythm teams (tablas?), erupting and then disappearing. The balance of more sparse sections with occasional dense outbursts sounds tightly directed.  Considering that the Evil Clown label which documents all of the Leap of Faith and their offshoot projects, is closing in at nearly a 100 releases, this disc might just be the best one I’ve reviewed. A completely outstanding effort all the way around."
     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


On The Expanding Universe... 

"Free jazz, noise, rock, it’s all here, but mostly free jazz. This might be among the free-est recordings I have ever heard, right up with Arthur Doyle, Albert Ayler, or Henry Cow. There are so many musicians, and so many instruments, that it is difficult to keep track of what’s going on. This is a fantastic, amazing record. I suggest you check out some of their other recordings online. The Expanding Universe is not easy listening, but the patient listener will be rewarded."

     - Eric Baylies, The Noise-Boston  


On The Expanding Universe...  

"...a bracing collage of ever-varying sound color universes and at times they kick up a hell of a fuss! Other times they are a bit more focused within...   But all told you are in for a wildly free trip into the nether worlds of the universe. Nice one!"

     - Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Muisc Review  


On The Expanding Universe...  
"Even with such a large body of mass abstract poly-phonics, there is an order to the chaos within the music…  The music is very out there in every sense of the word…  The lines intersect, as well as go off in divergent directions. There is very unusual counterpoint lines employed throughout this lengthy piece. The drums rumble in the background intensifying the mood. I must add, the drumming was consistently outstanding throughout this hour plus performance…  At the one hour mark, the music gets even more experimental. The orchestra ventures into electronic music in the science fiction sense of the word…  If you’re not familiar with the music of Dave Peck, do pick up a copy of this CD and his many other recordings. I believe he has one of the most adventurous orchestral ensembles in free jazz."
     - Marc Edwards, Jazz Right Now


On Factorizations...
 "... Alien yet familiar, bizarre yet completely fascinating. Expanding, contracting, erupting, settling down, always as one

force..." 
     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


On Factorizations...
"If you're looking for sonic adventure, if you're looking for something you didn't know you needed, and if you think you're ready, then yeah, take the leap of faith. This genuinely nice group of musicians transform into something completely otherworldly as they start digging into the dozens of instruments that festoon the stage." 
     - Paul Acquaro​, freejazzblog


On Factorizations...
"The out-lining group phrasing is expressively advanced, noisy at times in the best sort of way, and filled with an excellent give-and-take."  
     - Grego Applegate Edwards, gapplegatemusicreview.blogspot 


On Solution Concepts...

​​"Starting out and fits and starts like an extended warm-up, 'Subgame' doesn't take much of its almost forty minutes to be convincingly harrowing. With barely the trace of a melody, the marathon number nevertheless captures some satisfying but inexpressible spirit of wild abandon... 

     ...their output has been prolific and varied. PEK and Lomon have worked in formations from duo to large ensembles. Heberer's presence on Solution Concepts makes it quite different from earlier Leap of Faith albums but true to the experimental vision that PEK and Lomon first realized more than twenty years ago. The music on Solution Concepts is probing, intelligent and—in some instances—poignant." 

     - Karl Ackermann, AllAboutJazz.com


On Solution Concepts...

"The final number is a twenty-minute conflagration of Heberer and Leap of Faith joined together. It gives the entire ensemble space to open up worlds of improv and at the same time gives space as well for Heberer's voice to respond to the others and vice versa. The track has a great deal of strength and shows the complete complement of artists at their best..."

     - Grego Applegate Edwards, gapplegatemusicreview.blogspot 
​​

On Solution Concepts...
"​You can hear that these folks have been playing together for a long while since they have a focused group sound. Everyone in the quartet was integral to the sound and approach of what makes Leap of Faith unique. Each member got their chance to stretch out and shine.  ... One of the things I love about this band is/are the strange vocals which always add a bizarre alien presence that makes them quite unique."      

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery 


On Abstract Structures...

"What one comes away from this diverse and intense live set is the bottomless creativity of the musicians. The music is intelligently paced, and the breaks in tone and shifts of approach and sound are appropriately done. This is an excellent outing that should be heard. Recommended."  

     - Stefan Wood, freejazzblog  


On If and Only If 

Volume 1:  "Leap of Faith make each set special by taking their time, listening closely and conversing like friendly spirits. ... Ms. Lomon takes the first unaccompanied cello solo, the forces bristling, before the rest of ensemble erupts. Dave Peck's double reeds, Mr. Norton's sax or clarinets, Ms. Lomon's cello, Mr. Harris' trombone and bother/either drummers interact and erupt at times, crazed spirits being set free. There is the occasional weird vocal bits here and there which are brief and always fit just right. Escapees from a loony bin or just musicians who need to be set free..? ... Can Leap of Faith do it again?!? You bet they can and do!"


Volume 2:  "Slowly the double reeds, clarinets, cello, percussion and occasional weird vocals come in, as the layers expand. Ms. Lomon's odd plucked cello is often at the center as the different drones from the reeds or brass appear, floating in layers.  Less ritualistic, yet just as mesmerizing as these longtime free music specialists combine forces to produce another cosmic brew. I dig that there are a number of more stark and mysterious sections instead some of the over-the-top weirdness that Leap of Faith usually go for."

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


On Flow Regimes...

"The music is well-balanced and often sounds directed, organically evolving from section to section. I found this set pretty mesmerizing, never too dense or disturbing. About 51 minutes long and consistently fascinating."   

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery 


On The Fucked Up Circus Comes to Town...
"The music moves from sparse to gnarly to very intense, free yet somehow connected. At times, it sounds like a conversation between aliens or even animals (for the occasional shriek), but it does make sense once you get used to it."   

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery 


On Hierarchies...

"Intense, focused and consistently spirited.... Another bizarre and outstanding trip from the unstoppable Leap of Faith."  

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


On Linear Combinations and Transformations (Original Release)... 

"... intense, focused free improv with a few layers of inter-connected lines. Occasionally sparse but mostly more dense. Everyone involved gets a chance to stretch out and push things into a frenzied dialogue, while these long journeys unfold organically and balance things in well-measured ways..." 

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


On Linear Combinations and Transformations (Alternate Takes)... 

"Even in their early days, Leap of Faith have worked their way through an organic method of improv which works well no matter who is playing with them, both core members and guests."  

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


On Out of Zeit...

"... the strings and reeds sound great together, often playing with similar textures and timbral qualities. Of the half dozen Leap of faith discs I've checked ut so far, this in one is the most intense, riveting and the furthest out. Are you ready to be knocked out? Then take this Leap of faith and dive into the unknown...​"  

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


On Regenerations...

"...high, full-bore free improv spontaneities that pay close attention to timbral sound-color shaping as well as freely expressive collective improvisations. Each shifting grouping of instruments gives rise to color spectrums alternatingly bright or impastoed, clustered or speckled depending on the moment...."  

     - Grego Applegate Edwards, gapplegatemusicreview.blogspot


On Regenerations...

"Their sound is organic, it grows from within, and there is an arc to the track that belies either an uncanny connection or some pre-planned moves as there is an inherent structure and motion to the sound... The track will go from a reflective passage on a low woodwind to a dense thicket of cello double stops to juxtaposed harmonies, and just as quickly, it may delve into percussive textures and spontaneous intertwining melodies. It's this potent mix of instrumental timbers and unexpected changes that make their music so effective." 

     - Paul Acquaro​, freejazzblog


On Superalloys...

"This music is completely improvised and quite free, reminding me of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, in the organic way hat their sets unfolds and are filled with the possessed spirits of various reeds and little instruments like percussive toys or chochkes. This disc is 74+ minutes long and most compelling throughout." 

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


Stu's Leap of Faith Essay...

"The music was startling in the suddenness with which it shattered all that evolving chaos with focussed, clearly articulated beauty..."  

     - Stu Vandermark


On Hyperbolic Spirals...

"Scrapes and clangs of metal, a hybrid cry of rooster and human, fill the opening sequence to Hyperbolic Spirals Vol 2 with a palpable tension.  The first 20 minutes is all texture and a diffused soundscape. However a culmination of chimes around the 10 minute mark seems to signal a new movement: the mood lightens, the clouds lift, and the pulse quickens. It takes a while for a somewhat anticipated buildup of the wind instruments to occur, but when it does, it's huge. Mixing with the chimes and splashes of sound from the metal, it's really quite moving when it reaches its zenith."  

     - Paul Acquaro, freejazzblog 


On Riemann Surfaces...

"I was at the set in Brooklyn and I recall it very well since it was one of the most intense music experiences I've attended in a long while! This is the regular Leap of Faith quartet with no guests and they are in wonderful form here!  ...Things build here to an intense frenzy which is almost too much at times yet is still transcendent its own weird way. Both of the sets here capture Leap of Faith at their best, focused, spirited and likely to blow your minds inside-out! This is my favorite of the dozen or so discs I've reviewed of their so far!"  

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery 


On Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica...
"The trio set is less busy than the usual quartet or quintet versions. The sound of the two spiraling reeds and cello sound especially great together, bending and twisting their notes in a similar fashion. They sound somewhat relaxed and keep a certain calm, thoughtful vibe at the center. Often one player will start a line and another will complete the line. Hearing PEK by himself is also unusual and revealing as he takes his time and concentrates al length on his alto sax rather than the dozens of reeds he often plays at most Leap of Faith sessions."

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery 


On Elliptical Eccentricity...

"There is quite a bit of common ground or at least a bond between Ms. Lomon and Mr. Pek as they often improvise in similar ways, exchanging ideas, completing each other's sentences and sounding like one combined force of nature. Time to check out another chapter of Leap of Faith" 

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery 



​​Press On Metal Chaos Ensemble: 


On Intermetallic Compounds...
"As the layers begin to build, we enter into something like a grandfather clock factory run amok as sounds swirl together around a warped melody... PEK and company use every available tool to its maximum functionality on an extended aural improvisation that marries people and their tools. Intermetallic Compounds is mesmerizing and filled with an expectancy only for the next unexpected turn of events. This is living, breathing art in every sense of the word."
     - Karl Ackermann, allaboutjazz.com


On Intermetallic Compounds...

"The band name refers to the fact that each member plays metal percussion of some sort. The music unfolds slowly and mysteriously with the eerie sounds of bowed percussion, gongs, vibes, creating a hypnotic, floating world. The music here has a rather ritualistic, near-spiritual sound, which does occasionally erupt but never too much. At one point, there are some spooky vocal sounds which seem to push into some darker waters. Very effective. Overall, the music is quite like a ceremony, perhaps even wake up the dead from a deep slumber. Spirits rejoice! "

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG 


On Intermetallic Compounds...

"It’s a challenge to provide an accurate description of this ensemble. I will say that Intermetallic Compounds by the Metal Chaos Ensemble has to be one of the more interesting groups I have heard in a while. The way the musicians used their instruments, creates the illusion that the group is much larger than it really is....  The music is very much in the spirit of Sun Ra. There is so much going on from moment to moment. The musical landscape is always moving, changing, like watching multicolored neon lights while walking down Broadway in New York City. This music will be appreciated by those who love electronic music, exotic sounding instruments, noise-based music and fans of the avant-garde in general. This CD is highly recommended. Do try to catch the Metal Chaos Ensemble if they tour through a town near you."

​     - Marc Edwards, Jazz Right Now


On Malleability...
"This is a stripped down version of Leap of Faith with just two members and it is one of the best discs. Superbly recorded at Evil Clown Headquarters, mostly reeds, percussion and minimal electronics.  Unfolding slowly and concentrating on one or two instruments at a time.Rather than go too far out, the duo cautiously weave their sounds with great care. Everything is well-balanced and rarely too dense..."
     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG


On Hyperbolic Spirals...

"This set is from just three months ago and it is extraordinary. It is well recorded with some expensive gear and balanced just right. The music here has a ritualistic vibe which is often mesmerizing. The blend of several layers of percussion, metals bowed & banged, synth, vibes is like a dream unfolding. The Metal Chaos Ensemble may be one of the best unrecognized units to emerge in a while, they are certainly in top notch form here."  

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


On War Tuba...

"War Tuba is a free improv world music spree unlike most anything I've heard. With the respective musicians' use of the aquasonic waterphone percussion instrument, jangling chains, metal objects, game calls, piccolo copper clarinet and other off the beaten path implements, the trio abides by a euphorically executed campaign. Think of ancient rituals with some degree of bombast, coinciding with PEK's various reeds and horns dialogues, enamored by the pristine audio characteristics."

     - Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz


On Forgings...

"Everyone in this ensemble plays metal/percussion so we see a large number of gongs on display in the booklet. The eerie and occasionally disorienting sound of layers of metals & gongs slowly evolves throughout this disc. Eventually other instruments emerge from the chaos: synth, electronics, guitar, trumpet, assorted reeds and voice. There is a long stretch of more stark, suspense-filled improv midway that sounds just right." 

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


On Chrononauts...

"Beginning with spacious, mysterious sounds and building in intensity from there. ... The title here is "Chrononauts" which are time travelers and that seems appropriate for this unit which has that ancient to the future sort of sound plus a time machine-like image on the cover. The electronics and percussion work together here quite well and it is hard to tell them apart at times."

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


On Molten...

"It begins with multiple metals, gongs, cymbals, drums and assorted percussion. Quite hypnotic and well recorded. Similar in some ways to the Art Ensemble of Chicago, this music has otherworldly, ritualistic sort of sound." 

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


On Introducing... ...Sunshine!!...

"This is one of the more low-key Metal Chaos sets but it does build into more intense, spirited sections. This disc is perhaps the only one from Metal Chaos that has a few more relaxed sections which show that this band is not always nightmarish as they seem." 

   - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery 


Press on Chicxulub

On Creation Event 

“'Impact' is a set-long single piece of some 67 minutes. Layers of resonating gongs, cymbals and assorted metals, near ominous in their dark, ritualistic sound. Is that an electric kazoo, are those sirens, gamelan gongs?!? It is quite unnerving yet somehow it does a fine job of transporting us to another world, weird yet exotic in its own way... Industrial music?!? Eventually, the throbbing beast calms down to a more hypnotic, ritualistic groove. There is a long section of somber percussion: glockenspiel, bells, glimmering cymbals or electronic reverberations?!?  Dinosaurs conversing? Godzilla vs. Gidra?!? PEK cuts loose on a large, deep sax in the second half, blasting with an immense, rather scary sound… but it doesn’t last for long as a more restrained, trance-inducing throb takes over, the beast calms down to a more tame segment. Is that a tribal, dance groove we hear towards the end?!?! It sure sounds that way and it sure feels good to me. Eventually settling into a long, coming in for a landing and a dream-like, space-music conclusion"
   - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery 

Press On String Theory

On Condensed Phases of Matter... 

"String Theory sounds like a modern string quartet with PEK’s various reeds replacing the viola.... There are some especially magical sections where the three strings and double reed (oboe or bassoon) sound especially strong together, creating odd slight off-balance vibes, like drifting on a calm ocean which slowly becomes more turbulent as times goes on. PEK usually works on one of dozens of reeds at a time, concentrating on each one as he solos or interacts. Both cellos sound great when they deal with those deep, lower tones. This disc contains some of the best, most engaging strings and reeds quartet music I’ve heard. Most often quite mesmerizing."

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery  


On Cosmological Constants... 

"The sound is often subdued, exploring string textures. Vocals are also minimal yet fit as a member of the quintet without ever taking over. Ms. Lomon adds a bit of her own weird vocals yet again, they are used selectively like occasional sonic seasoning.  This disc sounds less ritualistic, less intense that most Leap of Faith sessions, yet it forces us to listen closer since things are not as explosive as usual. The flow of ideas seems slower yet there is some rich, thoughtful interaction as the work moves in waves, from calm to more agitated in parts."   

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery  


Press On Turbulence & Turbulence Doom Choir 


On Lava Flow
“Turbulence” seems like a most appropriate title since this is what it feels like to be a raft on an ocean of crisscrossing currents. Both tubas are in the center creating layers of low-end drones with the disorienting blend of PEK’s shrewd reeds & double reeds and Zbitnov’s dizzying percussion… This is a strong spirited date, that is rarely too far out and sounds consistently spirited, engaging and filled with a central focus or magic. It is not that turbulent but still most well-conceived. 

   - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


On Viscous Friction...
"Although the instrumentation here is mainly reeds, brass and percussion, the results are still mysterious, strange, occasionally disorienting and often enchanting. It sounds as if time is being slowed down and we are submerged in a vat of jello at times. The music calms down to more skeletal, spacious sounds for a long stretch... There are some wonderful, strange, low-end improv going on featuring tuba, trumpet, contra-alto clarinet (?) and percussion. Things grow more weird when PEK switches some of those double-reeds like oboe or bassoon...  Once again Mr. PEK & Co. do a fine job of creating their own fascinating world.  Much less extreme than most of the Leap of Faith discs."

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

On Vortex Generation Mechanisms...

"It seamlessly moves across terrains that greatly vary in texture....  Vortex Generation Mechanisms veers between minimalism and an air-driven calliope coming off the rails. Despite employing a plethora of non-conventional tools, the music always has a sense of meaningfulness; it can be calming and disconnected at the same time. As a result, it is always more provoking than pacifying. Like much Evil Clown's output, this is a project that organically grows with each listening."

​   - Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz.com


Press On Mekaniks:


On The Great Klown Panik of 2016...
"This session begins with a scary, hoarse-voiced intro shouting about being a clown with equally disorienting music erupting under the voice: eerie cymbals, metal percussion, layers of disturbing voices, almost too much to deal with. In recent times, daily life has been filled with a series of bad news, alternative facts (or lies) and things too depressing to mention.This disc often captures that same spirit of not being sure if we are living in a someone’s nightmare or not. Sometimes, it feels good to whistle while we walk past the graveyard where the evil ghosts are lurking."
     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG


On Getting Down with the Klown...
Commencing quietly with layers of mysterious percussion, cymbals, metal, balafon (African xylophone) and perhaps electronics, the sound is most mesmerizing. When PEK switches to tenor sax, the intensity level increases, an eruption of spirits takes place. When PEK picks up a double-reed (shenai?), things go even further out as spinning cymbals and bits of echoplex are added for seasoning…  This is like a soundtrack to science fiction movie which moves back and forth in time, from ancient villages to modern day free improv madness, all connected to an invisible thread. Alter your reality today!
     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG

  

Press on PEK Solo:


On Thulsa Doom...

“’Scalar Invariant Curvatures’ opens with strange, ancient sounding, ritualistic sounds. Mr. Peck bathes his playing with some hypnotic echo or reverb. Hard to believe that we are listening to just one person, since things occasionally sound dense or disorienting. Reverberating gongs or metals, bizarre sounding double-reeds and electronics create another world, a planet where you never know what odd occurrence will take place but it seems somehow familiar. What this reminds me of at times are the Master Musicians of Bukkake, one of the weirdest musical groups from the Pacific Northwest, still in existence. Most impressive on many levels and occasionally disturbing.”
     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG​


Press On Raqib Hassan:


On Enlightenment...

"Mr. Hassan's music has a ... calm and spiritual center. ...The music reminds of one of those more laid back Pharaoh Sanders sessions from the late sixties but without any screaming saxes. ... Another swell, cosmic classic from the inspired crazies at Evil Clown enterprises."

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery


On Another Plane...

"Right from the beginning, this music has a sublime, spiritual quality often found in the music of John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and Sun Ra. This is cosmic sounding free/jazz with layers of spiraling reeds, strings and percussion....  It sounds as if the band and audience are feeling the spirit and grooving together, traveling the spaceways. Eventually all of the horns, strings and drummers erupt into a powerful mass, so watch out as the heavens part. I dig the sound of those massed reeds & drums: flutes, saxes, double reeds & several drummers all swirling intensely around one another. Incredible!"

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery  



Press On Equilibrium:


On Fitness Landscapes...

"I dig the way the trio take their time and improvise, quietly at first, slowly getting to know each other as they evolve together. At nearly 40 minutes long, it is like a long story unfolding, paced just right never too busy or too intense but always interesting." 

     - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery 

 

Press on Evil Clown:

An Evil Clown And A Leap Of Faith 

       by Karl Ackermann, AllAboutJazz

"The core collective under Evil Clown is Leap of Faith, which when expanded to the Leap of Faith Orchestra includes players from Metal Chaos Ensemble, String Theory, Turbulence and Mekaniks. The common denominators in these collectives is the presence of PEK in each, and a completely unorthodox approach to creative improvisation. An unfamiliar listener, dropping into an Evil Clown recording may find themselves submerged in world of musical anarchy but there is a hidden order behind the apparent mayhem...."


Sparkles, the Giant Evil Clown, by Raffi

Documenting the Music of  Leap of Faith and members 


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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

Evil Clown ​