​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 ​

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Things have continued to be very busy recently at Evil Clown Headquarters… 

Main links to web content:
     Evil Clown webpage http://www.giantevilclown.com/
     PEK YouTube channel 1 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCprJy4kMIRs51FIFQF12dw/videos

     PEK YouTube channel 2 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClfRlTeeHnSxRsJTkFakiJw/videos
     Kevin Reilly YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/Kjreilly/videos
     Bandcamp, for Streaming, Downloads and CD Orders https://evilclown.bandcamp.com/

 In this newsletter…

1) Upcoming Performances
2) Leap of Faith Orchestra long term plans / Successful fourth performance – Supersymmetries released
3) New Releases
4) New Raqib Hassan release from the Deep Evil Clown Catalog 

Plus, I wrote a detailed review of the Evil Clown activity during 2015…  Wow, what a year, charging full speed out the gate!  During 2015, Evil Clown produced 33 newly recorded CD length releases, 1 EP and one CD single.   Check out the 2015 review newsletter here: 

http://www.giantevilclown.com/nl-2015-12-26-1.html

Audio CD                                                             Evil Clown 9094

Metal Chaos Ensemble - Alchemy

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1) Transmutations - 50:26
     Evil Clown Headquarters ‐ 2/11/2016

PEK - tenor saxophone, clarinet, contra-alto clarinet, piccolo oboe,

          contra-bassoon, whistles, sheng, hulusi, guzheng, yanqin,

          theremin, Korg ms20, aquasonic, daxophone, metal,

          electronics, voice 

Yuri Zbitnov - drums, metal, daiko, balafon, voice 

Maura Lynch - soprano, recitation, penny whistle, metal, wood blocks 

Kevin Dacey - drums, metal, diako, balafon, wood blocks, guzheng,

          yanqin, lyre​



Raqib Hassan - reeds, conductor, composition 
Guadulesa - improvisational painting 
PEK - reeds 
Sam Lobel - reeds 
Warren Jones - reeds 
Glynis Lomon - cello 
Gabriel Johnson - trumpet 
David Stansbury - trombone 
Tor Snyder - guitar 
Michael Shea - piano 
Dennis Warren - percussion 
Yuri Zbitnov - percussion 
Bob Moses - percussion

Audio CD                                                             Evil Clown 9092

Metal Chaos Ensemble - ...Everything is Permitted...

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1) ...Everything is Permitted... - 48:28
     Evil Clown Headquarters ‐ 1/28/2016

PEK - clarinet, contra-alto clarinet, tenor sax, guanzi, sheng, shenai, daxophone,

            whistles, theremin, Korg ms-20, metal, crotales/bells, guzheng, yanqin,

            voice, recitation 

Kevin Dacey - drums, metal, guzheng, yanqin, daxophone, lyre, whistles,

            crotales/bells, gaunzi, balofon, daiko, recitation 
Yuri Zbitnov - drums, metal, crotales/bells, daxophone, daiko, voice, recitation

Matt Samolis - gongs, singing bowls, chimes, bowed crotales, Boehm C flute,

            hand drum 

Tony Savarino - metal, theremin, iphone, daiko, daxophone, wood blocks, voice,

            recitation



Here at Evil Clown, we are very excited about the upcoming May 22 performance, Extended Dimensions, at Unity on the River in Amesbury MA.  Yuri's pal, Maura Lynch, is the music director at the church and is bringing some great resources to the performance - namely a choir and a Djembe circle...  This piece will have several preplanned sections which will be much more jazz than usual and include the choir and Maura's excellent keyboards.  The sections in between will be MCE improvisations and the whole piece will be tied together with a frame notation score tied to the digital clock... Among her other skills, Maura is an excellent soprano, so we decided to have a MCE set, Alchemy, featuring Maura's voice in preparation for the arrangement of the Extended Dimensions score.

5) New Raqib Hassan Releases from the Deep Evil Clown Catalog

Turbulence
   PEK - clarinets, saxes, double reeds
   Steve Norton - clarinets, saxes
   Charlie Kohlhase - alto and baritone saxes
   Bob Moores - trumpet

   Forbes Graham - trumpet

   Sara Honeywell - trombone
   Bill Lowe - trombone, tuba
   David Harris - trombone, tuba

String Theory
   PEK - clarinets, saxes, double reeds, aquasonic
   Mimi Rabson - violin
   Clara Kebabian - violin, viola
   Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice
   Jane Wang - cello
   Kit Demos - bass
   Anthony Leva – bass

   Kirsten Lamb - bass

Download only                                                           Evil Clown 9090
Metal Chaos Ensemble ‐ Nöktvrnål Kløwn

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1) Nöktvrnål Kløwn - 36:45

      Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA, very late on 1/8/2016

PEK - contra-alto clarinet, bass tromboon, sheng, aquasonic, theremin, 
       detuned guzheng, detuned yanqin, wood, metal, electronics, voice
Yuri Zbitnov - metal, daiko, detuned guzheng, detuned yanqin, voice

We took a short break from performance during January and February due to the difficulty of our large mobilizations during the slippery winter months, although we did have a number of recording sets at Evil Clown Headquarters...  The first Leap of Faith Orchestra show is set for June 4 at the Nave Gallery in Somerville.  We have 6 shows scheduled in March, April and May preparing various sub-units and cross sections of the orchestra for this big event... There is also a String Theory set at Mobius later in June...


So, these shows are on the book as of this writing.  Some of the ensembles are not completely set yet and at least one show may move to another date, so stay tuned...  See the posters on the Webpage for the full details... http://www.giantevilclown.com/performances---posters.html


3/5/2016 Nave Music Series, Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, Somerville MA

Dimensions - A Night of Pure Improvisation

      String Theory - 8:00 pm - Parameter Spaces
         PEK - clarinets, saxes, double reeds, metal, voice
         Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice
         Mimi Rabson - violin, electronics
         Clara Kebabian - violin, viola, electronics
         Jane Wang - cello
         Tony Leva - bass
         Kit Demos - bass
         Kirsten Lamb - bass
      Leap of Faith - 8:45 pm - Configuration Spaces
         PEK - clarinets, saxes, double reeds, metal, voice
         Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice
         Yuri Zbitnov - drums, metal, voice
         Andria Nicodemou - vibes
      Leap of Faith Orchestra - 9:30 pm - Abstract Spaces
         Everybody


3/22/2016 Lilypad, Cambridge MA 

Probabilistic Analogues - A Night of Pure Improvisation

      trios/quartets:
      Sub Unit 1 - 8:00 pm:  Applications to Reliability Theory
      Sub Unit 2 - 8:30 pm:  Latent Semantic Indexing   
      Sub Unit 3 - 9:00 pm:  Hyperpyramidal Generalizations  
      everyone:
      Leap of Faith Orchestra - 9:30 pm:   Mean Value Theorems
         PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds
         Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice
         Steve Norton - clarinets, saxophones
         Yuri Zbitnov - drums, metal
         Andria Nicodemou - vibes
         Bob Moores - trumpet
         Sara Honeywell - trombone
         Tony Leva - bass
         Kevin Dacey - drums, metal


4/9/2016 Nave Music Series, Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, Somerville MA

Algorithms - A Night of Pure Improvisation

      New Language Collaborative - 8:00 pm - Halting Problem 
         Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice
         Eric Zinman - piano
         Yedidyah Syd Smart - drums
      Metal Chaos Ensemble - 8:30 pm - Minimum Spanning Trees
         PEK - clarinets, saxes, double reeds, metal, voice
         Yuri Zbitnov - drums, metal, voice 
         Andria Nicodemou - vibes
         Kevin Dacey - metal
      Leap of Faith - 9:00 pm - Turing Machines
         PEK - clarinets, saxes, double reeds, metal, voice
         Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice
         Steve Norton - clarinets, saxes 
         Yuri Zbitnov - drums, metal, voice
         Andria Nicodemou - vibes
      Leap of Faith Orchestra - 9:30 pm - Entscheidungsproblem
         Everybody


4/12/2016 Lilypad, Cambridge MA 
Quadratic Reciprocities - A Night of Pure Improvisation
      trios/quartets:
      Sub Unit 1 - 8:00 pm:  Latice Points
      Sub Unit 2 - 8:30 pm:  Ring of Polynomials
      Sub Unit 3 - 9:00 pm:  Permutation Signatures
      everyone:

      Leap of Faith Orchestra - 9:30 pm:  Reduction Morphisms​

         PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds
         Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice
         Steve Norton - clarinets, saxophones
         Yuri Zbitnov - drums, metal
         Andria Nicodemou - vibes
         Mimi Rabson - violin
         Forbes Graham - trumpet
         Charlie Kohlhase - saxophones
         Kirsten Lamb - bass


5/7/2016 Nave Music Series, Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, Somerville MA

Viscosities - A Night of Pure Improvisation

      Turbulence - 8:00 pm - Sheer Stresses
         PEK - clarinets, saxes, double reeds, metal, voice
         Steve Norton - clarinets, saxes
         Charlie Kohlhase - saxes
         Keith Hedger - trumpet
         Bob Moores - trumpet
         David Harris - trombone, tuba
         Bill Lowe - trombone, tuba
      Leap of Faith - 8:45 pm - Tensile Stresses
         PEK - clarinets, saxes, double reeds, metal, voice
         Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice
         Steve Norton - clarinets, saxes 
         Yuri Zbitnov - drums, metal, voice
         Andria Nicodemou - vibes
      Leap of Faith Orchestra - 9:30 pm - Viscous Stress Tensors
         Everybody


5/22/2016 Unity on the River, Amesbury MA
Metal Chaos Ensemble with Guests at Unity on the River

​Extended Dimensions

      Metal Chaos Ensemble - Extended Dimensions - 12:00 am

         Maura Lynch - soprano, keyboards, direction
         Unity Church Choir
         Unity Church Djembe circle
         PEK - clarinets, saxes, double reeds, metal
         Yuri Zbitnov - drums, metal
         Andria Nicodemou - vibes, metal
         Kevin Dacey - metal
         Matt Samolis - flute, metal
         Tamora Gooding - metal
         Catherine Cappozi - guitar




6/4/2016 Nave Music Series, Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, Somerville MA
Leap of Faith Orchestra - The Expanding Universe

      8:00 Sub Unit 1 - Dark Energies
      8:30 Sub Unit 2 - Phantom Energies
      9:00 Leap of Faith Orchestra - The Expanding Universe

         PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds, metal +
         Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice
         Steve Norton - clarinets and saxophones
         Andria Nicodemou - vibes, metal
         Yuri Zbitnov - drums, metal
         Mimi Rabson - violin
         Clara Kebabian - violin, viola
         Bob Moores - trumpet
         Forbes Graham - trumpet
         Charlie Kohlhase - saxes
         Sara Honeywell - trombone
         Dave Harris - trombone, tuba
         Josiah Reibstein - tuba
         Jane Wang - cello
         Tony Leva - bass
         Kirsten Lamb - bass
         Kit Demos - bass
         Eric Zinman - piano
         Yedidyah Syd Smart - drums
         Kevin Dacey - drums, metal
         Matt Samolis - flute, bowed metal



​6/24/2016 Mobius, Cambridge, MA
String Theory - Condensed Phases of Matter

         PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds

         Mimi Rabson - violin

         Clara Kebabian - violin, viola

         Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice

         Jane Wang - cello

         Tony Leva - bass

Evil Clown Newsletter 2/14/2016

3) New Releases 

Evil Clown comes out the gate hard in 2016 with five very different sets recorded at Evil Clown Headquarters from Metal Chaos Ensemble and String Theory.  The first one is a chill set Metal Chaos Ensemble duet from right after I returned from my yearly Christmas vacation with my family in California...  After movie night, very late, Yuri and I did this relatively quiet set (so as not to disturb my neighbors) which features the new Concert Sheng and two new Chinese string instruments - the guzheng and yanqin.  The set, at 37 minutes, is a bit short for a full release, so for now, it's out as a download only EP and due to its spontaneous nature and lack of planning there is no video...

The next Metal Chaos Ensemble set, ...Everything is Permitted..., is one of the more aggressive MCE sets to date.  It also is the first one to feature text.  Tony Savarino, the amazing guitarist, makes his second appearance with MCE here (although he opted not to use guitar), and we thought his girlfriend Felicia (who is an excellent singer) might come along, so I collected together a bunch of poetry and other text for her to use. When she didn't make it, we decided to do the recitation ourselves:  Texts include excerpts from Cities of the Red Night (William S. Burroughs), 1040 Instructions from the 2015 Income Tax Code and Finnegan’s Wake (James Joyce).

The next set, Absolute and Apparent Horizons, was String Theory.  This is the first String Theory set with the new string (and wood) instruments to be shared among the ensemble like the percussion equipment is used in Metal Chaos Ensemble: daxophone, guzheng and yinqan. We also used metal percussion, so there is more of the stream of ensemble reconfigurations which has been more common to Leap of Faith and Metal Chaos Ensemble until now...

The next Metal Chaos Ensemble set, Intermetallic Compounds, is a trio with PEK, Yuri Zbitnov and Andria Nicodemou...  We were very excited about this small unit session...  This set features the first use of the daxophone, a very unique instrument where you bow thin wooden tongues with a bass bow - it creates very harmonic / overtone rich drones - like bowing a wood cello...

1) Upcoming Performances

Audio CD                                                            Evil Clown 9093

String Theory - Absolute and Apparent Horizons

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Absolute and Apparent Horizons - 55:13

Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA
2/3/2016

PEK - clarinet, alto clarinet, contra-alto clarinet, tenor sax, bass

     tromboon, daxophone, guanzi, theremin, Korg ms20, aquasonic,

     guzheng, yinqan, metal, wood, electronics
Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice, daxophone
Clara Kebabian - violin, guzheng, yanqin, metal
Jane Wang - cello, guzheng, yanqin
Tony Leva - bass, guzheng, yanqin, metal


CD-R                                                           Evil Clown 9091

Metal Chaos Ensemble ‐ Intermetallic Compounds

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1) Intermetallic Compounds - 47:05

      Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA, 1/21/2016

PEK - tenor sax, alto sax, bass tromboon, contra-alto clarinet, 
       gaunzi, sheng, metal, crotales/bells, daxophone, aquasonic, theremin, 
       korg ms-20, daiko, guzheng, yanqin, whistles
Andria Nicodemou - vibes, crotales/bells, metal, aquasonic, daxophone, 
       guzheng, yanqin
Yuri Zbitnov - metal, drums, Daiko, Indian Festival Drum, daxophone, 
       vibes, aquasonic, crotales/bells, yanqin, voice

Ensembles have been fleshed out for each of the extended sections…

New Language Collaborative
   Glynis Lomon – cello, aquasonic, voice
   Eric Zinman – piano
   Yedidyah Syd Smart - drums

Metal Chaos Ensemble
   PEK - clarinets, saxes, double reeds, metal, voice
   Yuri Zbitnov - drums, metal, voice
   Andria Nicodemou - vibes
   Matt Samolis - bowed cymbals, flute, metal
   Kevin Dacey – metal

2) Leap of Faith Orchestra long term plans 

Sparkles Out...

​2/14/2016

During the 90s, Glynis and I played quite a bit with the great saxophonist Raqib Hassan.  I met Yuri while doing shows with Raqib.  Raqib was an amazing composer and his ensembles were much more jazz than most of the work that I have done or that is out on Evil Clown. 

Raqib studied with Bill Thompson, Archie Shepp and Roland Wiggins and performed with Rashied Ali among many others.

Rashied has this to say about Raqib: "I first met Raqib in the Summer of 1979 through bass violinist Hakim Jami, manager of the Ladies Fort, a club, now defunct, originally founded by jazz vocalist Joe Lee Wilson. We performed that year together in Tompkins Square in Greenwich Village with Mr. Jami’s band. At Raqib’s invitation we reunited in 1990 to perform downstairs at the Middle East Restaurant in Cambridge alongside additional locally based musicians. Raqib is a welcome addition to the ever growing pool of composer/musicians on the planet. I commend his commitment to the spiritual and musical development."

Archie has this to say about Raqib: "I have known Mr. Hassan for more than a decade. He studied music performance and theory with me. He is knowledgeable about the styles of all the players from Parker to Albert Ayler. He possesses an approach - a musical philosophy of his own which is both unique and original. I wish him well in his endeavors."

Raqib, who unfortunately passed several years ago, was a mentor to me in developing my mature style after arriving in Boston to study with George Garzone at Berklee. I was honored to perform with Raqib a number of times both in his large band Ensemble Mogra and his smaller group Cosmocentric Trio and to have him play with me for my major work, Expansions, performed in 1994. Raqib was widely respected as a composer and performer in the Boston area, but never received the wide recognition he deserved. Raqib's music is much more to the Jazz end of the improvisation world than the bulk of the Evil Clown catalog. After his passing, I spoke with his brother and got permission to put out to the world recordings that I have of Raqib's music - hopefully this will help to reveal the contributions of this master musician to a larger audience. 

In 1993 Raqib formed a large ensemble for 3 nights of performances at the old Mobius in Boston.  The concert length work was an arrangement of several of Raqib's works strung together into a long suite.  Since there are long improvisational sections and the interpretations of the composed material differed over the three nights, I decided to release all three of the performances...

Audio CD                                                            Evil Clown 5011

Raqib Hassan & ​The Interdimensional Science Research Orchestra  

    - Path of the Mystic - Volume 1 - Discovery / Illumination

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Mobius, Boston MA - 2/4/1993

1) Discovery / Illumination - 1:18:54


mp3 CD                                                            Evil Clown 5012
Raqib Hassan & ​The Interdimensional Science Research Orchestra  
    - Path of the Mystic - Volume 2 - Transformation / Ritual
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Mobius, Boston MA - 2/5/1993
1) Transformation / Ritual -  1:30:44


Audio CD                                                            Evil Clown 5013
Raqib Hassan & ​The Interdimensional Science Research Orchestra  
    - Path of the Mystic - Volume 3 - Jubilation / Light
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Mobius, Boston MA - 2/6/1993
1) Jubilation / Light



The full LOFO is an expanded Leap of Faith with the core ensemble of PEK, Glynis Lomon, Steve Norton and Yuri Zbitnov together with an expanded percussion section, an expanded string section and an expanded wind section plus Sydney Smart (drums) and Eric Zinman (piano) from Glynis’ other band New Language Collaborative.  The percussion section is Metal Chaos Ensemble, the horn section is Turbulence, and the string section is String Theory.  When any two or more of these units play together, it's Leap of Faith Orchestra....

Starting in June, we’ll do our full first full orchestra performance with several more in the fall to be scheduled later.   The  venue for the Full LOF Orchestra performances is the Nave Series at the Clarendon Presbyterian Church in Somerville...  a lovely room with very good acoustics where the Hyperbolic Spirals performance occurred.  
For the full orchestra, I have created the first score, The Expanding Universe, utilizing frame notation to control who is playing at any given point in the performance with time code displayed to the ensemble.  There are also some written directions in the score defining pre-planned sonorities.  I used these techniques in Expansions, performed at Mobius in 1994, although that composition included far more notated melodic material than I will use for LOFO.  


You can check out the score for The Expanded Universe here:

The first round of preliminary preparation performances are complete.  Leap of Faith has done duel concerts with New Language Collaborative, Metal Chaos Ensemble, Turbulence and String Theory.  The results of those performances have been documented on the Evil Clown Webpage and on CD / download file issued via Bandcamp.    Round Two of the preparation performances for each of these combinations have been scheduled (see section 1 above) along with two more shows which will feature some trio and quartet improvisations by sub-units of the orchestra.

Here’s where to find progress to date…  There are also recent albums recorded at Evil Clown Headquarters for Metal Chaos Ensemble and String Theory... 

Abstract Structures - Leap of Faith with New Language Collaborative
     Evil Clown Webpage:  http://www.giantevilclown.com/lof-abstract-structures-1.html
     Bandcamp:  https://leapoffaith1.bandcamp.com/album/abstract-structures-volume-1-implementations
                      https://leapoffaith1.bandcamp.com/album/abstract-structures-volume-2-instantiations

Hyperbolic Spirals - Leap of Faith with Metal Chaos Ensemble
     Evil Clown Webpage:  http://www.giantevilclown.com/lof-hyperbolic-spirals.html
     Bandcamp:  https://leapoffaith1.bandcamp.com/album/hyperbolic-spirals-volume-1
                      https://leapoffaith1.bandcamp.com/album/hyperbolic-spirals-volume-2

Flow Regimes - Leap of Faith with Turbulence
     Evil Clown Webpage:  http://www.giantevilclown.com/lof-flow-regimes.html
                    There are a whole bunch of great photos on the web page from Rob Miller.  Thanks Rob!
     Bandcamp:  https://leapoffaith1.bandcamp.com/album/flow-regimes-volume-1
                      https://leapoffaith1.bandcamp.com/album/flow-regimes-volume-2


Supersymmetries – Leap of Faith with String Theory
Evil Clown Webpage:  http://www.giantevilclown.com/lof-supersymmetries.html
Bandcamp:  https://leapoffaith1.bandcamp.com/album/supersymmetries-volume-1
                      https://leapoffaith1.bandcamp.com/album/supersymmetries-volume-2