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Texture and Transformation: PEK & His Grand Aesthetic Challenge PEK (aka David Peck) is a multi-instrument improviser who plays all kinds of instruments including saxophones, clarinets, double reeds, percussion, electronics and auxiliary sound making devices of all kinds. PEK was born in 1964 and started playing clarinet and piano in elementary school. In 7th grade he started saxophones, first on alto, then switching to tenor in high school. He spent 10 years playing in rock bands and studying classical and jazz saxophone with Kurt Heisig in the San Jose CA area before moving to Boston in 1989 to attend Berklee where he studied performance with George Garzone

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Leap of Faith Orchestra: The Photon Epoch

Read "The Photon Epoch" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Composer, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and label founder, PEK is an audacious experimenter. Beyond that, there are no appropriate labels for the music associated with his numerous groups on his Evil Clown label. Listen to the Leap of Faith Orchestra on The Photon Epoch and you will find yourself at thirty-thousand feet, in a place with few identifiable ...

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Cosmological Horizons

Label: Evil Clown
Released: 2018
Track listing: Cosmological Horizons.

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Leap of Faith Orchestra: Cosmological Horizons

Read "Cosmological Horizons" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


David M. Peck's (PEK) Leap of Faith collective is brought together in its largest formation of twenty-four musicians for a marathon performance of the leader's Cosmological Horizons composition. This second of two annual performances of an orchestra culled from the Evil Clown label's various groups (String Theory, Mekaniks, Metal Chaos Ensemble, etc.) was held in Killian ...

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Leap of Faith Orchestra: SuperClusters

Read "SuperClusters" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


On two occasions each year, composer and multi-instrumentalist PEK (David M. Peck), gathers together his Evil Clown collective for live recordings. Culled from Leap of Faith, String Theory, Mekaniks, Metal Chaos Ensemble and their respective off-shoots of each, the players form his massive, eighteen-member Leap of Faith Orchestra. For the SuperClusters session, the group assembled at ...

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PEK: Leap of Faith Orchestra - Possible Universes

Read "Leap of Faith Orchestra - Possible Universes" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Possible Universes is the latest release from the multi-faceted Leap of Faith collective. In the orchestra formation, the group has released some half-dozen recordings but the “full" orchestra is a biannual occurrence where the normally fifteen-piece ensemble grows. On this album, the collaborative expands to twenty-four musicians and, as always, the long-time anchors are composer and ...

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The Expanding Universe

Label: Evil Clown
Released: 2016
Track listing: The Expanding Universe.

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Supernovae

Label: Evil Clown
Released: 2016
Track listing: Supernovae.

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Leap of Faith Orchestra: Supernovae

Read "Supernovae" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


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 ...

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Leap of Faith Orchestra: The Expanding Universe

Read "The Expanding Universe" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The creative music cooperative known as Leap of Faith had a long initial run from 1993 to 2001 and then re-booted in 2015. At their core, from the beginning, have been multi-instrumentalists David Peck (aka PEK) and Glynis Lomon. PEK, however, assumes a more than democratic leadership role across the many manifestations of the collective that ...


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