PC Muñoz is the 2022 Quinteto Latino Composer-in-Residence!
PC Muñoz's singular music-making aesthetic as a composer, recording artist and producer bridges the gap between pop songcraft, musique concrète, and the insistent rhythms of funk and hip-hop. 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. 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, Oakland hip-hop heavyweight Kev Choice, Berkeley Symphony violinist Matthew Szemela, vocalist Jennifer Kreisberg of the legendary Native American vocal group Ulali, woodwinds renegade Kyle Bruckmann, and countless other musicians and recording artists across a wide range of genres. In 2018 PC launched a new creative/dialectic initiative, RIGHTSTARTER, with the award-winning San José rapper DEM ONE. RIGHTSTARTER is currently working on BLACK/PACIFIC, a project made possible by Mosaic America, which will premiere in 2022. Muñoz is also an avid and admired player of the SlapStick, a musical instrument developed by Bay Area inventor/musician Andy Graham (click here to watch a video of PC playing this instrument), and an intermittent member of the elusive dub/jazz/electronic group Black Quarterback (featuring members of Bay Area legends Broun Fellinis and Bang Data).
PC's notable multidisciplinary collaborations include ongoing iterations of his touring multiracial identity performance piece HALF-BREED (which has been performed in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Oakland, San José, and Seattle) and frequent collaborations with renowned choreographer/composer Robert Moses. You can view the dance video of PC's noise composition for Cellista's multidisciplinary project RAGE here. Muñoz's writings have been published in DRUM!, Electronic Musician, Grammypro.com, Seagate Creative, and more. A multiracial Chamoru, PC is one of the featured writers in the award-winning collection from University of Hawai'i Press, Indigenous Literatures from Micronesia (2019) and will also be featured in the upcoming 2022 collection Indigenous Pacific Islander Eco-Literatures from University of Hawai'i Press.
PC began his music career in the early 90s as an R&B/Gospel drummer and indie producer while teaching elementary school by day. In the late 90s 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 the follow-up albums A Good Deed in a Weary World, California, andTwenty 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; Talking House released PC's solo release Grab Bag. The Talking House facility was later re-christened Studio Trilogy and hosted everyone from Bay Area emerging artists to pop megastars like Lady Gaga, T.I., and will.i.am before being sold in 2016.
Muñoz is a current Mosaic America Fellow. In the past he was a 2015-2018 Board Governor and Education Committee Co-Chair for the SF Chapter of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs, a 2015 Dresher Ensemble Artist-in-Residence in Oakland, a 2014 Asian-American Cultural Center Grantee in San Francisco, a 2013 Equilibrium Fellow at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and was the first Director of Education for the former San José Symphony. He is the first Director of Education & Community Engagement for the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley. He resides in San Francisco with his wife and son.
For creative, collaborative, and education-oriented inquiries, contact PC directly via the CONTACT link on this site.
For licensing, promo photos, and press interviews contact Alicia Ruiz:
pcmunoz.bandcamp.com (main portal to stream/download music)
CatSynth TV video feature (2017)
Echo Mini-EP in SF Weekly (2016)
East Bay Express feature (2008)
the trouble i'd bring you review by Michelle Goldberg in SJ Metro (1998)
HOME page photo: j. isadora krech
Slapstick photo: Tate Bactear
PCM Lotería: Professor Extraordinaire