Welcome to the website of musician and writer PC Muñoz.

About PC Muñoz

After spending much of the last three years focusing on his drum/percussion work in live productions across the US and Hong Kong, San Francisco musician/writer PC Muñoz returns to his songwriting roots in 2015 with Inside Pocket of a Houndstooth Blazer, a music and dance production featuring an album's worth of new songs, and a series of one-off singles. PC's reinvention of rock legend Prince's trailblazing single "Sign 'o' the Times", featuring Dr. Fink of Prince and the Revolution, kicks off the new releases on Friday April 24th.

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-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 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.

2015 PERFORMANCES

Saturday January 24, 2015 Performance with THE VA'V and special guest Teresa Mai/Sangeeta Kaur
Viet Bao
14841 Moran Street
Westminster, CA 92683
8pm

Sunday March 15, 2015
Performance with THE VA'V
Florence Gould Theater
Palace of Legion of Honor
100 34th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121
1:30-3:30PM For list of all entertainers and ticket information click here or call 415-298-3705

Thursday March 19 through
Sunday March 22, 2015

ODC Theater
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
BRUJO premiere
Savoy Theater
26 Main Street
Montpelier, VT
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
7:30pm Saturday
1:00pm and 7:00pm Sunday
For ticketing info click here

Friday April 24, 2015
Special 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
1:00pm
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.

Saturday May 16, 2015
Performance with THE VA'V
Hercules, CA
Details TBA

Sunday July 12, 2015
Duo performance with madcap free-jazz pianist Ira Kamin
Bird & Beckett
653 Chenery Street
San Francisco, CA 94131
4:30pm

Download PC and Ira's piano/percussion duo album for free here.

 

WORK WITH PC

PC Muñoz is available for select audio/music projects as drummer/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 and accepts a limited amount of cajón drum students each year; contact PC directly for next availability.

PC is a voting member of The Recording Academy/Grammys and 2015 candidate for Board Governor. Academy members can connect at the Grammy Pro site.

Visit PC's LinkedIn page here and contact PC directly at the address below for all inquiries.

PC Muñoz

LINKS

Press Images

PC Muñoz: Cajón


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PC Muñoz: Board


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NEWS

PCM IN THE NEWS: Film pro magazine postPerspective interviewed PC about his recent film scoring sessions and creative process; read it here. Top-notch blog I Heart SF Bands wrote a love note to PC's single "Big Winner" here.

MULTIPLE NEW RELEASES: Watch for PC as drummer and/or producer on a diverse amount of new releases this year, running the gamut from contemporary classical to hip-hop to Americana and straight-up radio-ready pop. Also watch for PC's radically reinvented cover of Prince's "Sign 'o' the Times" (featuring Dr. Fink of Prince and the Revolution), a curveball interpretation of a Motown classic with Oakland bassist/recording artist Jason Hoopes (recently seen on tour with improvising icon Fred Frith), and an album's worth of new original songs for the Inside Pocket of a Houndstooth Blazer project.

The VA'V AND BLOOD MOON ORCHESTRA: PC's latest collaborations with Emmy-award winning/Oscar nominated virtuoso Van-Anh Vanessa Vo include the unique music/film project Blood Moon Orchestra (with rapper DEM ONE and film director Christopher PaperSon Woon) as well as Vo's unique trio, The VA'V, with talented cellist Alex Kelly. Check the "Upcoming Appearances" section of this site to find out where you can see The VA'V live.

DRESHER ENSEMBLE ARTIST RESIDENCY: PC was awarded a 2015 Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency for the development of his collaborative multimedia project, Inside Pocket of a Houndstooth Blazer. Collaborators include dynamite choreographer/dancer Mihyun Lee and vocalist improviser Dave Worm. Stay tuned for more collaborator news and new video content!

CONTENT GUIDE:
1. "Sign 'o' the Times" single excerpt
2. Inside Pocket of a Houndstooth Blazer teaser video, with footage from NYC, PDX, SFO, and OAK
3.Blood Moon Orchestra/"Moving Train" teaser
4. "One Voice/One Drum" mini-doc featuring DEM ONE and PCM
5. "I Wanna Know You" by Owl Country with PC on drums
6. "Adi Shakti" by Tyia Wilson with PC on acoustic and electronic percussion
7. Video excerpt of multimedia production Ir-Rational with music by Joan Jeanrenaud and PC; excerpt edited by Lucas Krech
8. "Panama Canal" by Joan Jeanrenaud and PC featured on So You Think You Can Dance
9. Fall of a Sudden promo video featuring Hong Kong rehearsal footage and audio collage

Press

"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

"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
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!
Photos and review of January 2015 THE VA'V show in Orange County, in Vietnamese.