Welcome to the website of recording artist PC Muñoz.

About PC Muñoz

With his new release "Rugged Individual/Fish & Crab", San Francisco recording artist/producer/drummer PC Muñoz delves deep into both sides of his family's roots, from the European-descended wagon train pioneers on his mother's side to the indigenous Micronesian/Pacific Islander lineage of his father. "Rugged Individual" was composed during a weeklong stay in the Sierra Nevada mountains while contemplating old west mythology and its relationship to the nation's current bruising and bruised psyche. The beats-and-belembaotuyan-driven "Fish & Crab" radically re-imagines an ancient Chamoru art form, resulting in a sound equally of the land and of these times. The dual pieces are available as one single.

San Francisco recording artist/producer/drummer 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, pure improv, art installations, and modern dance productions. His 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, 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 ,jaw-dropping cellist Alex Kelly, 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.

Born and raised in San José, California amidst innovation and entrepreneurialism, Muñoz now resides in San Francisco.

Events

Friday January 13, 2017
PC on "The History of Funk" with Rickey Vincent
kpfa.org
94.1 FM
10pm-12am
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
7pm
$10/sliding
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
8pm
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!

Saturday May 20, 2017
Center for New Music
55 Taylor St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
8pm
Details TBA!

Saturday August 19, 2017
DETAILS TBA!
San Francisco, CA

 

BOOK PC

"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.

PC's homegrown 'art-funk' concept has found a perfect embodiment in his current group. 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, this ensemble 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

To book PC's art-funk ensemble or an iteration of HALF-BREED, contact PC directly at the address below.

WORK WITH PC

PC Muñoz is available for select audio/music projects as percussionist/beatmaker and composer/producer, and his entire song catalog is available for licensing. For instrumental film/tv/commercial licensing cues, visit this link. See contact info below to discuss your project or request a private streaming link of instrumentals for licensing.

LEARN FROM PC

PC is available as a guest lecturer/workshop presenter, and accepts a limited amount of cajon drum students each year.

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 Muñoz

LINKS

Press Kit

PCM on Cajon
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NEWS

NEW BLOG POSTS: Check out PC's guest post about the inherent tensions in modern creative work over at Seagate's Digital Den blog for creative professionals here, and check PC's Sly Stone playlist and commentary on the Grammypro blog here, in honor of Sly Stone's 2017 Recording Academy® Lifetime Achievement Award.

SF WEEKLY/ALL SHOOK DOWN LIST: PC's Fall 2016 EP Echo was featured on SF Weekly's hot list of the best Bay Area releases of the fall season along with new projects by Green Day, Beats Antique, Third Eye Blind, Madame Gandhi and more. Check out the whole list here.

NEW ARTICLE ON NPR/KQED: PC was interviewed for a KQED piece about hapa/multiracial identity; read the article here.

VISUAL MUSIC REVIEWS: Reviews for the new Joan Jeanrenaud CD Visual Music, co-produced by PC and featuring PC on several tracks, have been rolling in from all over. Check out the NPR/California Report feature here. longtime Bay Area music writer Derk Richardson's in-depth review here, an effusive review on JazzdaGama here, and Sea of Tranquility's review here.

IN THE BOX:
1. "Rugged Individual": new drums/electronics/voice piece
2."Echo" Mini-EP on bandcamp
3. HALF-BREED general teaser
4. PCM.3 Surveillance Footage, 2016
5. Ira Kamin vs. PCM II show snippet
6. "Harlem Strut" by Joan Jeanrenaud, w/ PC on drumset
7. Music video: Blood Moon Orchestra's "Moving Train" w/ PC on drums/production
8. PC's re-imagination of Prince's "Sign 'o' the Times", with Prince and the Revolution keyboardist Dr. Fink
9. Starting at :42, "The Slow Rise of a Rigid Man" 2015 Bates College solo dance performance by Robert Moses set to PC's song "All Out of Everything"

Press

"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

Select full articles/audio:
postPerspective interview
NPR Weekend Edition w/Joan Jeanrenaud
SF Classical Voice feature w/Joan Jeanrenaud
KPFA w/Joan Jeanrenaud
East Bay Express feature
KQED/NPR, Pacific Time
Owl Mag review of acclaimed High School Reunion 80s tribute CD, featuring Frank Black, Kristin Hersh, Dresden Dolls, and PC!