ABOUT

PC Muñoz's most recent  work is a series of singles recorded and released during the  COVID-19 pandemic: the slinky chamber-groove of "All the Time" with rock star violinist Matthew Szemela (available External link opens in new tab or windowhere), the  funhouse mirror funk of "Dollar Store Steak" (available  External link opens in new tab or windowhere), the stark free-jazz of "Valencia" with ace clarinetist External link opens in new tab or windowBrian Walsh (available as a free download External link opens in new tab or windowhere) and the experimental electro of "I Don't Believe You" (available as a free download External link opens in new tab or windowhere).  PC is also working with his External link opens in new tab or windowRIGHTSTARTER partner DEM ONE on their upcoming multimedia project BLACK/PACIFIC, External link opens in new tab or windowmade possible via Mosaic Silicon Valley (both artists are Mosaic Silicon Valley External link opens in new tab or windowfellows), which will premiere in February 2021. He is also a featured composer on the Fall 2020  music/dance film project RAGE put together by the performance artist External link opens in new tab or windowCellista. You can watch an interview about PC's involvement with that project External link opens in new tab or windowhere and view the the entire film External link opens in new tab or windowhere (PC's composition is "Riot").


As a recording artist, producer, and drummer, PC Muñoz's singular music-making aesthetic bridges the gap between pop songcraft, musique concréte, jazz-informed improvisation, and the insistent rhythms of funk and hip-hop. His partnership with composer/cellist/longtime Kronos Quartet member External link opens in new tab or windowJoan Jeanrenaud has yielded three highly acclaimed projects: the GRAMMY®-nominated External link opens in new tab or windowStrange Toys, the iTunes-charting External link opens in new tab or windowPop-Pop, and the art-inspired External link opens in new tab or windowVisual Music.  PC has recorded and/or performed with rock legendExternal link opens in new tab or window Jackson Browne, dream-pop poet/chanteuseExternal link opens in new tab or window Ingrid Chavez, Prince and the Revolution synth wizard External link opens in new tab or windowDr. Fink,  sonic surrealists External link opens in new tab or windowBroun Fellinis, clarinet master External link opens in new tab or windowBen Goldberg, woodwinds renegade External link opens in new tab or windowKyle Bruckmann, Oakland emcee/pianist phenom External link opens in new tab or windowKev Choice, vocalist Jennifer Kreisberg of the legendary Native American group External link opens in new tab or windowUlali, Emmy-winning virtuoso External link opens in new tab or windowVan-Anh Vanessa Vo ,  innovative cellist External link opens in new tab or windowAlex Kelly,  experimental composer/guitarist External link opens in new tab or windowZachary James Watkins, the Americana/country project External link opens in new tab or windowOwl Country (featuring David Grisman and Charlie Musselwhite), and countless other musicians and recording artists across a wide range of genres. In 2018 PC launched a new creative and educational initiative, External link opens in new tab or windowRIGHTSTARTER, with the award-winning San José rapper DEM ONE.  He is an avid and admired player of the SlapStick, a musical instrument developed by Bay Area inventor/musician Andy Graham. Click External link opens in new tab or windowhere to watch a video of PC playing this instrument. It is also featured on his single "I Don't Believe You."


A published poet since his college years, PC published two chapbooks in the 90s, The Daily Balance  (Artlab, 1992), and Half-Truths (Artlab, 1995); his latest is Inside Pocket of a Houndstooth Blazer (2018), the companion chapbook to his acclaimed 2018 album Physical Science. Notable multidisciplinary collaborations include ongoing iterations of the multiracial identity performance piece  External link opens in new tab or windowHALF-BREED, the External link opens in new tab or windowaward-winning External link opens in new tab or windowIr-Rational, 2012's Fall of a Sudden project in Hong Kong, 2008's public art installation Light Haiku with kinetic sculptor External link opens in new tab or windowChris Eckert, 2005's poetry/art/music project Twenty Haiku, ongoing performances with Vadim Puyandaev and Erika Tsimbrovsky of External link opens in new tab or windowAvy-K Productions, and ongoing collaborations with choreographer External link opens in new tab or windowRobert Moses. His writings have been published in DRUM! Magazine, Electronic Musician, External link opens in new tab or windowGrammypro.com, Seagate Creative, and more.  He is one of the featured writers in the award-winning new collection from University of Hawai'i Press, External link opens in new tab or windowIndigenous Literatures from Micronesia (2019).

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 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 External link opens in new tab or windowSteve Luczo and 5 close music industry colleagues; Talking House released PC's 2008 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.


Muñoz 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 External link opens in new tab or windowFreight & 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:

External link opens in new tab or windowcontact@rightstarterproject.com


LINKS

External link opens in new tab or windowpcmunoz.bandcamp.com (main portal to download music)

External link opens in new tab or windowSarah Patterson interviews PC about the RAGE project (2020)

External link opens in new tab or windowFeature on PC's production work on the GLOBAL site (2020)

External link opens in new tab or windowPhysical Science Trailer

External link opens in new tab or windowHALF-BREED Trailer

External link opens in new tab or windowRIGHTSTARTER website

External link opens in new tab or windowMosaic Silicon Valley Fellows

External link opens in new tab or windowMercury News  article about Home Again: Tapestry Reimagined (2018)

External link opens in new tab or windowPhysical Science and HALF-BREED feature in The International Examiner (2018)

External link opens in new tab or windowPhysical Science feature in Electronic Musician (2018)

External link opens in new tab or windowSeagate interviews PC about Physical Science (2018)

External link opens in new tab or windowJazzdagama review of Physical Science (2018)

External link opens in new tab or windowReal Music Radio/DJ Jedi 10 questions with PC (2018)

External link opens in new tab or windowCatSynth TV video feature (2017)

External link opens in new tab or windowReview of Robert Moses' Kin's "Trick Bags/Trap Doors/Painted Corners" dance triptych, featuring music from PC (2017)

External link opens in new tab or windowEcho Mini-EP in SF Weekly (2016)

External link opens in new tab or windowIn-depth interview on Chicano Music Chronicles (2016)

External link opens in new tab or windowNPR/California Report feature on Visual Music (2016)

External link opens in new tab or windowPC discussing HALF-BREED in KQED feature on Bay Area hapa artists (2016)

External link opens in new tab or windowpostPerspective interview about film scoring (2014)

External link opens in new tab or windowSF Classical Voice feature with Joan Jeanrenaud (2011)

External link opens in new tab or windowNPR Weekend Edition w/Joan Jeanrenaud (2010)

External link opens in new tab or windowEast Bay Express feature (2008)

External link opens in new tab or windowa good deed in a weary world review by David Lockeretz on MusesMuse.com (2002)

External link opens in new tab or windowthe trouble i'd bring you review by Michelle Goldberg in SJ Metro (1998)



Image credits:

HOME page video: PCM playing the SlapStick

ABOUT page mural - "PCM/HALF-BREED" by External link opens in new tab or windowJulio Salgado

EVENTS page photo: External link opens in new tab or windowWaffleHowse