Welcome to the website of recording artist, drummer, and producer PC Muñoz.
About PC Muñoz
After spending the last 8 years immersed in multimedia productions and drum/percussion projects around the world, San Francisco musician PC Muñoz returns to songwriting in 2016 with the release of a brand new album, Echo. Created with a longtime co-conspirator along with one controversial collaborator, Echo is a radical departure from PC's previous efforts, and is PC's first full-length album of new songs since 2008's Grab Bag on the Talking House label.
PC Muñoz's genre-defying projects are stylistically broad and deep, revealing a sonic explorer equally at home with contemporary classical, funk, hip-hop, spoken-word, art installations, and modern dance productions. His partnership with composer/cellist/longtime Kronos Quartet member Joan Jeanrenaud has yielded two highly acclaimed projects: the Grammy-nominated Strange Toys and the iTunes-charting cello and beats duo album Pop-Pop. A frequent and enthusiastic collaborator, PC has recorded and/or performed with rock legend Jackson Browne, dream-pop poet/chanteuse Ingrid Chavez, Prince and the Revolution synth wizard Dr. Fink, Kulintang master Danny Kalanduyan, 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 and countless other musicians and recording artists.
PC's notable multidisciplinary collaborations include ongoing iterations of HALF-BREED, the award-winningIr-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 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 (featuring Jackson Browne on the title track), 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. Known as the Bay Area's premiere studio with the only SSL-9000K console in Northern California, the former Talking House facility is now called Studio Trilogy, and hosts everyone from Bay Area emerging artists to pop mega-stars like Lady Gaga and will.i.am.
Born and raised in San José, California, amidst innovation and entrepreneurialism, Muñoz now resides in San Francisco.
Saturday January 24, 2015Performance with THE VA'V and special guest Teresa Mai/Sangeeta Kaur
14841 Moran Street
Westminster, CA 92683
Sunday March 15, 2015 Performance with THE VA'V
Florence Gould Theater
Palace of Legion of Honor
100 34th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121
For list of all entertainers and ticket information click
here or call 415-298-3705
Thursday March 19 through
Sunday March 22, 2015
3153 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110 Premiere of KT Nelson's Dead Reckoning at ODC Theater in San Francisco.
PC recorded percussion for some of Joan Jeanrenaud's amazing compositions for this devastating dance piece, which will premiere as part of ODC Theater's "Dance Downtown" event.
For complete information on all shows and gala event, click here
Thursday April 2, 2015
26 Main Street
6:30pm PC produced and performed on a number of radically re-arranged classic tunes for this independent film.
Saturday April 4, 2015
Sunday April 5, 2015 Special Paris by Night 114 performance with THE VA'V Pechanga Resort and Casino
45000 Pechanga Way
Temecula, CA 92592
1:00pm and 7:00pm Sunday
For ticketing info click here
Friday April 24, 2015Special Blood Moon Orchestra performance
MALI Art | Life Forum
The School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Ave
San José, CA 95121
FREE! PC will perform with Van-Anh Vanessa Vo and DEM ONE at this unique forum offered by the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute. Click here for registration information.
Monday May 11, 2015 Private performance with Francesca Lee
Santa Clara, CA
Sunday July 12, 2015 Duo performance with madcap free-jazz pianist Ira Kamin
Bird & Beckett
653 Chenery Street
San Francisco, CA 94131
$10 suggested/sliding scale
Download PC and Ira's piano/percussion duo album for free here.
Friday September 25, 2015 With THE VA'V
Presidio Officers Club
50 Moraga Ave
San Francisco, CA 94129
Saturday October 24, 2015 The Improvised Hymnal: Radical Re-Imaginations of Sacred Works
Center for New Music
55 Taylor St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
$15 general, $10 C4NM members PC and jaw-dropping cellist Alex Kelly present an evening of "interstellar grace" ---cello and drum improvisations based on hymns and sacred works from various traditions.
WORK WITH PC
PC Muñoz is available for select audio/music projects as percussionist/beatmaker, sound designer, and producer, or as a content creator/project leader for large and small creative initiatives. See contact info below.
LEARN FROM PC
PC is available as a guest lecturer/workshop presenter, and accepts a limited amount of cajon drum students each year; contact PC directly for next availability.
PC is a Board Governor for the SF Chapter of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs. Academy members may connect at the Grammy Pro site; interested music professionals should visit grammypro.com/join to learn about joining and read PC's most recent blog posts for the chapter.
Visit PC's LinkedIn page here and contact PC directly at the address below for all inquiries.
PC's re-invention of Prince's "Sign 'o' the Times", featuring Dr. Fink of Prince and the Revolution, on iTunes
THE ANGEL GABRIEL FEATURING DAVE WORM RELEASED ON iTUNES: PC's vivid re-imagination of the traditional Basque holiday carol featuring Dave Worm of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra/SoVoSo, is now available on iTunes as well as bandcamp. Ethereal guitars, funk beats, xylophone, hurdy-gurdy, and Gregorian chant all frame this unusual treatment.
NEW JOAN JEANRENAUD ALBUM COMING:
This fall PC is busy co-producing the new Joan Jeanrenaud solo album, which features a hot batch of brand new Jeanrenaud compositions. PC also plays drumset and marimbata on a few tracks, and percussionist extraordinaire William Winant (John Zorn, Mr. Bungle, Danny Elfman, etc.) also joins in on various classical percussion. This is the much anticipated follow-up to Jeanrenaud's GRAMMY-nominated 2008 album Strange Toys, which PC produced, and the 2010 Joan/PC duo album Pop-Pop.
ALL OUT OF EVERYTHING/THE SLOW RISE OF A RIGID MAN:
San Francisco dance legend Robert Moses recently created a solo piece, "The Slow Rise of a Rigid Man", set to PC's song "All Out of Everything". A recent performance at Bates College in Maine is available on YouTube--it is video #3 in the video box above; starting at about :42.
BLOOD MOON ORCHESTRA AND THE VA'V: PC has joined with virtuoso Van-Anh Vanessa Vo , South Bay rapper DEM ONE and filmmaker Christopher PaperSon Woon for "Moving Train", a song and music video featuring fresh sounds and harsh truths. It is video #2 in the box above, and was recently featured on both the Angry Asian Man blog and LA's Traktivist Asian-American Radio show. PC is also one of the rotating members in Van-Anh Vo's new music ensemble THE VA'V.
THE VA'V ON PBN 114: You can catch PC playing in Emmy-winning virtuoso Van-Anh Vo's ensemble THE VA'V in Paris by Night 114, the latest DVD release of the long-running Vietnamese-language theatrical show. Check out the trailer (including an interview with PC at 6:45) here.
PCM SCORING NEWS: Film pro magazine postPerspective interviewed PC about his recent film scoring sessions and creative process; read it here.
OWL COUNTRY: PC can be heard on the debut album from Owl Country, a new folk/country/Americana project headed by Sonoma County songwriters Dan Imhoff and Yvette Holzwarth. The album also features performances from mandolin legend David Grisman, GRAMMY-winning harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite, and local bass stalwart Chris Amberger.
CHASE MARTIN SINGLE: PC recently wrapped production work on "Chosen", the killer first single from Oakland Pop/R&B artist Chase Martin. Watch out for the video this fall!
IN THE BOX: 1. PC's re-imagination of "The Angel Gabriel" (featuring Dave Worm) on bandcamp 2. Music video: Blood Moon Orchestra's "Moving Train" 3. Starting at :42, "The Slow Rise of a Rigid Man" 2015 solo dance performance by Robert Moses, set to PC's song "All Out of Everything" 4. Highlights from KT Nelson's 2015 dance piece "Dead Reckoning", with a commissioned score from Joan Jeanrenaud and PC on layered cajon and suitcase kit. Video by Loren Robertson 5. Highlights from Ira Kamin vs. PCM 2015 free jazz show in SF 6. Music video for single "Wrong" 7. Trailer for the modern dance film Brujo, featuring multiple tracks produced and/or composed by PC 8. "Adi Shakti" by Tyia Wilson, featuring PC on marimbata and various percussion 9. "Panama Canal" by Joan Jeanrenaud and PC, featured on So You Think You Can Dance
"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
"Dark, sexual, sensual, confessional, and confrontational--all at the same time...a poet." Performing Songwriter
"3.5 Stars (for Pop-Pop). This cello-and-percussion team moves through 10 tracks that are alternately tantalizing, mesmerizing, even somber at times." DownBeat
"(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
"Muñoz's tasteful electronics, effortlessly balancing hard-hitting syncussion with bouncy basslines and buttery synth washes, are the perfect counterpoint to the thought-provoking words he spits out with an incomparable cool....undeniable talent for crafting songs that stimulate the mind and the body." Amorn Bholsangngam, Urb Magazine
"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
"Compelling beats, clever lyrics, and special guests, such as cellist Jean Jeanrenaud, make (Grab Bag) an enjoyable listen." Electronic Musician
"...undeniable stage presence...laid-back, but commanding...the show is a left hook all right---and a knock out at that." Mike Osegueda, Fresno Bee
"...a fascinating amalgam of spoken word, acid-jazz and R&B with elements of old-school electro and even hints of gospel." Michelle Goldberg/SF Metropolitan
"Great work. It's all too rare to hear someone breaking new ground in the pop field." John Zorn, Composer
"... PC Muñoz consistently redefine(s) himself, sailing effortlessly across artistic categories..." Marian Liu, San Jose Mercury News