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Charge​-​Transfer Complex

by Leap Of Faith

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    Review by Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
    LEAP OF FAITH with PEK / GLYNIS LOMON / YURI ZBITNOV / MIMI RAPSON - Charge-Transfer Complex (Evil Clown 9211; USA) Featuring PEK on clarinets, saxes, sheng, melodica…, Glynis Lomon on cello, acquasonic & voice, Mimi Rabson on violin, exotic percussion and Yuri Zbitnov on drums & percussion. This disc was recorded at Evil Clown Headquarters in March of 2019. This is one of the smaller versions of Leap of Faith, just a quartet with the three core members: PEK, Glynis Lomon & Yuri Zbitnov plus Mimi Rabson on violin & percussion. Ms. Rabson appears on just a couple of the more than 100 Leap of Faith projects. All four members of this quartet play percussion or acquasonic (waterphone), besides their regular axe(s). The music starts out quietly with restrained but mysterious sounds. This is the most laid back of the Evil Clown catalogue. It sounds quite casual, like a few old friends getting together for a shared meal and conversation. There are some great moments, weird string duets that occur midway, never over-playing but creating a hypnotic trance of sorts. When the synth finally enters, it does so very slowly, making it impossible to tell what that sound actually is. Rather magical in its own quaint way. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
    Liner Notes by PEK
    Leap of Faith is the core trio of the Leap of Faith Orchestra (LOFO) comprised of PEK on clarinets, saxophones, double reeds & flutes, Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice, and Yuri Zbitnov on drums & percussion. The ensemble is based in Boston and dates back to the early 90s. We utilize a huge arsenal of additional Evil Clown instruments to improvise long works featuring transformations across highly varied sonorities. The ensemble has always been highly modular and our many recordings feature the core trio in dozens of configurations with a huge list of guests.
    There have been a number of formulations of Leap of Faith that emphasize one or two guests on String Instruments along with the core ensemble. One of the earliest core units from the 90s was actually a percussion-less trio with PEK, Glynis and the brilliant/crazy bass playing of Craig Schildhauer. So multi-string sonorities go back right to the root of Leap of Faith's 30 year journey. There have been a number of recent performances (since 2015) by String Theory - which is the current incarnation of this early core trio; just the string players and myself on woodwinds... But, we also have done small format sets with string playing guests and the current Leap of Faith core trio including the drums/percussion of Yuri.
    In the last year or so, we have recorded several variations of this String Edition Leap of Faith ensemble with different great violinists: Mimi Rabson, Elinor Speirs and Robert Flax... Mimi goes way back with Glynis, having performed with her in the 80s before I showed up on the Boston Scene. Mimi is on the Berklee Faculty and is highly in demand to play all kinds of music. We love playing with her and do a session with her whenever she can make time for us in her busy schedule. This studio performance with LIVE YouTube Streaming features special guest Mimi in her fifth appearance in one of these special string Leap of Faith performances. After playing roughly 20 sets over the last 4 years with String Theory and a bunch of Leap of Faith variations, she has really nailed our aesthetic objectives.
    For this session I filled the kitchen with tons of percussion instruments including dozens of Tibetan Bowls, Gongs, and the Brontosaurus Bell. We all used multiple instruments, so there is a great deal of development through different textures through the improvisation.
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27 March 2019
Evil Clown Headquarters, Waltham MA


released March 28, 2019

- PEK - clarinet & contralto clarinet, alto, tenor & bass saxophones, contrabassoon, wood flute, sheng, melodica, daxophone, Korg MS-20, [d]ronin, wind siren, log drums, gongs, Tibetan bowls, brontosaurus & tank bells, bells, rachet, wood, metal
- Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice
- Mimi Rabson - violin, orchestral chimes, Tibetan Bowls, wood blocks, wood, metal
- Yuri Zbitnov - shiny new drums, Tibetan bowls, gongs, brontosaurus & tank bells, glockenspiel
------------Evil Clown album page
Here are some links to small format string edition Leap of Faith ensemble performances:
Order of Ramifications (with Elinor Spears)
Imaginary Mass (with Robert Flax)
Topological Constructions (with Mimi Rabson & Elinor Spears)
Thought Experiment (with Mimi Rabson)
Schrödinger's Cat: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DkgSBuT_ig
Possible Worlds: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yFvgwdPoXI
Zeno's Paradox (with Mimi Rabson)
Here are links to a few of the Archive (90s) period Leap of Faith trio sets with the core unit of that time: PEK, Glynis Lomon and bassist Craig Schildhauer...
Elliptical Eccentricity (with Craig Schildhauer)
Computations (with Craig Schildhauer)


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Leap Of Faith Boston, Massachusetts

Leap of Faith is a long-term collaboration active from 1993 to 2001 and resuming in 2015 between Glynis Lomon (cello, voice) and PEK (clarinets, saxes, double reeds, voice) with various other regulars (Mark McGrain trombone, Craig Schildhauer bass, Yuri Zbitnov drums, James Coleman theremin, Steve Norton saxes, clarinets) + many guests. Pure improv with little or no planning prior to performance ... more

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