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2017 Events

Friday January 13, 2017
PC on "The History of Funk" with Rickey Vincent
94.1 FM
PC will be a guest on Rickey Vincent's legendary radio show in the second hour.

Monday January 16, 2017/MLK Day
STAND! A Day of Art and Solidarity: Performances, Workshops, and more
School of Arts and Culture at MHP
1700 Alum Rock Ave
San José, CA
Event: 10am-2pm
Performances: Noon
FREE admission; register here.
PC will join SJ-based rapper/impresario DEM ONE for a special pop-up performance.

Saturday January 28, 2017
Oakland Premiere of HALF-BREED
The Octopus Literary Salon
2101 Webster St. #170
Oakland, CA 94612
Oakland premiere of PC's touring performance piece with sonic alchemist Zachary James Watkins of Black Spirituals plus openers ASHA and Maria Allocco, with Demone Carter hosting the evening.

Saturday April 22, 2017
Kelly/Szemela/Muñoz Trio
Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94110
PC joins the jaw-dropping string section of cellist Alex Kelly and violinist Matthew Szemela for an evening of "marinated electric" chamber music--don't miss the debut of this trio!
Full info here.

May 12-14 and 19-21, 2017
Premiere of new compositions for dance
Robert Moses' KIN presents
choreographed by Robert Moses, Terence Marling, and Latanya d. Tigner.
Fridays and Saturdays 8pm, Sundays 4pm
Tickets info here, or call 415-826-4441.
TRICK BAGS/TRAP DOORS/PAINTED CORNERS is Robert Moses' Kin's most controversial work in years. PC recorded all new, never-before heard compositions for these powerful performances.

Saturday May 20, 2017
Center for New Music
55 Taylor St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
$10 public/FREE for C4NM members
Don't miss this one...a special benefit performance of HALF-BREED with LA-based violinist Yvette Holzwarth. Proceeds from this show go to Hapa Marrow Match, a new local non-profit with a goal of registering more multiracial individuals on the National Bone Marrow Registry. Read about the complex and unique needs of multiracial individuals with blood disease on the HMM site.

Sunday May 21, 2017
Emergence Conference: Whole Person, Whole Impact
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
10am - 5pm
PC will accompany hip-hop artist/arts educator Demone Carter for his unique keynote at this conference for emerging arts professionals. Tickets available here.

Sunday July 23, 2017
PC on "No Pigeonholes" with Don Campau
91.5 FM
3pm-5-pm LIVE
PC will be a guest on home taping/indie music legend Don Campau's eclectic radio show "No Pigeonholes"; interview and new music, live from KKUP's studio in San José!

Sunday July 23, 2017
LitLumpiaFest 2
School of Arts and Culture @ MHP
1700 Alum Rock Ave
San José,CA 94116
Event 4-6pm
PC will join Silicon Valley Artist Laureate/South Bay hip-hop royalty DEM ONE for the closing song at this celebration for Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Arlene Biala!

Wednesday August 9, 2017
PC on KALW's "Fog City Blues"
91.7 FM
9pm-11-pm LIVE
In advance of the upcoming UnderCover series of SFJAZZ performance, PC and other participating artists will join host Devon Strolovitch for an interview and brief live on-air performance.

Saturday August 19, 2017
UnderCover Presents Miles Davis' Bitches Brew
SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium
201 Franklin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
$30/$40/$60 (click above link to purchase tickets)
PC is one of four artists set to boldly re-imagine this highly influential and controversial Miles Davis album for UnderCover Presents' Summer 2017 concert series at SFJAZZ. Broun Fellinis, Kev Choice, and Alligator Spacewalk round out the bill, with each artist taking one side of the original vinyl issue. PC's custom ensemble for this evening will be like NOTHING you've heard before!

Thursday September 28, 2017
LSG Creative Music Series
Luggage Store Gallery
1007 Market St.
San Francisco, CA
$6-$15 sliding scale
PC will play the Bay Area's longest standing experimental music series in a special duo context with guitarist-sonic explorer Karl Alfonso Evangelista. Sahba will open.

Saturday October 7, 2017
Ira Kamin vs. PC Muñoz III: The Rumble in the Jumble!
Bird & Beckett Records & Books
653 Chenery
San Francisco, CA
Sliding scale donation
Third in a series of duo battles with free jazz pianist Ira Kamin, at this Glen Park venue known for championing local jazz of all stripes.

Saturday December 9, 2017
River: A Holiday Concert with Alex Kelly and PC Muñoz
Center for New Music
55 Taylor St.
San Francisco, CA
$15/$10 members
Advance tickets here
PC and cellist Alex Kelly team up for an evening of artfully re-imagined holiday season music, drawing from varying traditions and genres. Bring the family!

Monday December 18, 2017
SoVoSo: 13th Annual Holiday Seasonings Concert
Freight & Salvage
2020 Addison St.
Berkeley, CA
$18/advance, $22/door
Advance tickets here
PC will join the legendary a cappella jazz vocal ensemble SoVoSo on their majestic arrangement of "Emmanuel".


For mailing list sign-up and performance, production, instruction and workshop facilitation inquiries, contact PC directly:
pc at pcmunoz dot com

For promo photos, interview, and licensing inquiries, contact Alicia Ruiz:
stickandmuse at gmail dot com


PC cooked up this deep-cut Ray Parker Jr. playlist for the GrammyPro site, in advance of a recent private screening of the session-musician documentary Hired Gun (October 2017)

PC contributed to this roundup review of new electronic percussion products in Electronic Musician (June 2017)

Guest post for Seagate's "Digital Den" blog: "How to Reinvent the Wheel" (June 2017)

Guest blog post/book review for Center for New Music (April 2017)

Mandatory Listening: Sly Stone playlist in honor of 2017 Recording Academy® Lifetime Achievement Awards, on the Grammypro site (February 2017)

Guest post on Seagate's "Digital Den" blog: "The Heart of Expression: Keeping it Simple (January 2017)


Listen to more music at pcmunoz.bandcamp.com


Following up on his acclaimed re-imagination of the Basque holiday hymn "The Angel Gabriel" (featuring Dave Worm of SoVoSo/Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra), PC Muñoz has released a new single for the 2017 holiday season, "Death Might Be Your Christmas Gift" --- as a free download! A collaboration with jazz producer Stephen Smith (Mike Clark, Billy Harper, Donald Bailey), "Death Might Be Your Christmas Gift" was inspired by the A.W. Nix sermon of the same name, originally released as a 78 in 1927 on the Vocalion label. Take a listen to PC's holiday songs above, and click through to the bandcamp page to download and learn more!

In May 2018 San Francisco recording artist/drummer/iconoclast PC Muñoz will return with Physical Science, his most provocative and musically adventurous collection yet. "Ricochet", "Counterfeit", and "Rugged Individual" are the first tastes of the collection, which features several tracks originally composed for Trick Bags/Trap Doors/Painted Corners, the 2017 home season production for renowned dance company Robert Moses’ Kin. Characterized by free jazz frenetics, electronic textures, funk rhythms, and deft lyricism, Physical Science promises another sonic leap forward for this continually evolving artist.

PC is a featured guest on Bay Area DJ/trumpeter/composer Will Magid's new album Lunar Conquest Suite/Resistance Rising; listen to the track, "Deep Down in the Belly of the Earth", above.

PC Muñoz's genre-defying projects are stylistically broad and deep, revealing a sonic explorer equally at home with contemporary classical, funk, hip-hop, folk, world music, poetry, free jazz, art installations, and modern dance productions. His singular compositional and performing style bridges the gap between pop songforms, jazz-informed improvisation, aleatoric processes of the avant-garde, and the insistent rhythms of funk. Muñoz's partnership with composer/cellist/longtime Kronos Quartet member Joan Jeanrenaud has yielded three highly acclaimed projects: the GRAMMY®-nominated Strange Toys, the iTunes-charting Pop-Pop, and the art-inspired Visual Music. A frequent collaborator, PC has also recorded and/or performed with rock legend Jackson Browne, dream-pop poet/chanteuse Ingrid Chavez, Prince and the Revolution synth wizard Dr. Fink, guitar sorcerer Karl Evangelista, sonic surrealists Broun Fellinis, woodwinds renegade Kyle Bruckmann, Oakland emcee/pianist phenom Kev Choice, vocalist Jennifer Kreisberg of the legendary Native American group Ulali, Emmy-winning composer/virtuoso Van-Anh Vanessa Vo , jaw-dropping cellist Alex Kelly, drumming great Scott Amendola, metal vocalist AC Way, experimental composer/guitarist Zachary James Watkins, and countless other musicians and recording artists.

PC's notable multidisciplinary collaborations include ongoing iterations of the multiracial identity exploration piece HALF-BREED, the award-winning Ir-Rational, 2012's Fall of a Sudden project in Hong Kong, 2008's public art installation Light Haiku with kinetic sculptor Chris Eckert, 2005's award-winning project Twenty Haiku, and ongoing performances with Vadim Puyandaev and Erika Tsimbrovsky of Avy-K Productions.

PC began his career in the early 90s as an R&B/Gospel drummer and indie producer, while teaching elementary school by day. In 1998 he launched a solo artist/label entrepreneur career, releasing his acclaimed debut solo disc, The Trouble I'd Bring You on his own label, Beevine Records. Beevine also released 2002's CMJ-charting A Good Deed in a Weary World, 2004's Golden State mash-note California, and 2005's Twenty Haiku. In 2005, PC delved further into production and artist development, co-founding the unique record label/private recording studio entity Talking House Productions with Seagate CEO Steve Luczo and 5 close music industry colleagues. The Talking House facility was later re-christened Studio Trilogy and hosted everyone from Bay Area emerging artists to pop mega-stars like Lady Gaga, T.I., and will.i.am. PC now works out of various studios in the Bay Area.

PC is a current Board Governor for the SF Chapter of the Recording Academy. Academy members may connect at the GrammyPro site; interested music professionals should visit grammypro.com/join to learn about joining and read PC's past blog posts for the chapter.

"PC Muñoz is an artist that knows no boundaries. His output straddles myriad genres, influences and art forms. From funk to classical, pop to hip-hop, experimental to jazz, globally-renowned artists in all these realms consider Muñoz a first-call percussionist, producer, composer, and songwriter. He's also an artist with a deep social conscience -- one who who uses music to connect cultures and communities together."
Anil Prasad, Innerviews

"There's a reason why we keep bringing PC Muñoz and his ensembles back to perform year after year. PC is a musical mastermind with an agenda: exploring the totality of funk and blues, and digging into the locations where they intersect other parts of the culture in the most compelling ways. At a recent show, they electrified the crowd by walking that elusive line between laser-focused intricacy and the loose, rangy freedom of the groove. Stripped down yet never simple, his work decodes the world's secret messages and delivers them to the gut, the heart, and the mind."
Sean Carson, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive

"Dark, sexual, sensual, confessional, and confrontational--all at the same time...a poet."
Performing Songwriter

"Somewhere between hip-hop attitude, Minneapolis nasty and Latin Rock playa chops, PC Muñoz has an instantly compelling sound that defies definition..."
Rickey Vincent, author of Funk: The Music, The People, and The Rhythm of the One, and host of KPFA's "The History of Funk" radio show

"(PC Muñoz) is truly a modern musician, equally at home with a live band, playing the most organic of instruments...or hunched over a computer, making beats and working magic with ProTools..."
Tom Chandler, East Bay Express

"Great work. It's all too rare to hear someone breaking new ground in the pop field."
John Zorn, Composer/Iconoclast

"... PC Muñoz consistently redefine(s) himself, sailing effortlessly across artistic categories..."
Marian Liu, San José Mercury News

"PC Muñoz has the true feel of classic Detroit funk, with the added art sense of the Bay Area. A mad combo to beat!"
Stevie Salas, solo artist, guitarist extraordinaire (George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, and Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart), executive producer of Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World


Review of Robert Moses' Kin's "Trick Bags/Trap Doors/Painted Corners" dance triptych, featuring music from PC (2017)
Echo Mini-EP in SF Weekly (2016)
NPR/California Report feature on Visual Music (2016)
PC discussing HALF-BREED in KQED feature on Bay Area hapa artists (2016)
postPerspective interview about film scoring (2014)
SF Classical Voice feature with Joan Jeanrenaud (2011)
NPR Weekend Edition w/Joan Jeanrenaud (2010)
East Bay Express feature (2008)