PC Muñoz's latest release is the acclaimed album Physical Science, a suite of drum-and-text-driven compositions characterized by art-funk rhythms, experimental electronics, jazz-informed improvisation, and lyrics that deal with America's darkest open secrets. Physical Science is a digital-only release with a companion chapbook, Inside Pocket of a Houndstooth Blazer sent out with every download. Read reviews and download the album NOW by visiting this link and check out the funky one-off single "Freaky Delights" here!
PC Muñoz's genre-defying projects are stylistically broad and deep, revealing an explorer equally at home with contemporary classical, funk, sonic literature, hip-hop, free jazz, art installations, and modern dance productions. His singular compositional and writing style bridges the gap between pop songforms, short stories, jazz-informed improvisation, 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-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 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 was a Board Governor for the SF Chapter of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs from 2015-2018.
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"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
"PC Muñoz is not like other drummers. Sure, he makes his drums waltz and tango; and also performs a myriad of other dances on his drums. But he can also make the instrument do what it has done for ages: he can make them talk. Listening to 'Physical Science', one will be awestruck at how the calculated and the primordially elemental comes together in a songful manner. Mr Muñoz (is) a fascinating percussion colourist and a very astute manipulator of rhythmic textures…each percussion instrument when beaten, stroked and caressed seems to recite its own poetry…" Raul da Gama, Jazzdagama.com
Complete review here.
All of the tracks on Physical Science utilize artfully arranged acoustic and synthesized sounds...this digital-only album from a highly inventive artist will move listeners and inspire musicians to seek new sources of sounds and inspiration." Barbara Schultz,Electronic Musician
I imagine PC Muñoz broadcasting these songs and poems in the post-apocalypse: a loving badass wanderer documenting matters of love and devastation, history by heartbeat. He stops to taste the earth, buy a faded lottery ticket with no chance to win, looking not backwards but forwards for the ancestors. Lend him your ears: there is no better use for them." Bao Phi, 2018 Caldecott Medal winner, award-winning poet/spoken-word artist
"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
"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