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In Summer 2018 San Francisco drummer/recording artist PC Muñoz will return with Physical Science, a suite of new compositions characterized by free jazz frenetics, experimental electronics, funk rhythms, and lyrics that deal bluntly with the myths and realities of the "American Dream" -- PC's most sonically and lyrically confrontational project yet. Stay tuned for release information!
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.
SELECTED PRESS QUOTES
"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."
"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