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 here), the funhouse mirror funk of "Dollar Store Steak" (available here), the stark free-jazz of "Valencia" with ace clarinetist Brian Walsh (available as a free download here) and the experimental electro of "I Don't Believe You" (available as a free download here). PC is also working with his RIGHTSTARTER partner DEM ONE on their upcoming multimedia project BLACK/PACIFIC, made possible via Mosaic Silicon Valley (both artists are Mosaic Silicon Valley fellows), 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 Cellista. You can watch an interview about PC's involvement with that project here and view the the entire film here (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 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 recorded and/or performed with rock legend Jackson Browne, dream-pop poet/chanteuse Ingrid Chavez, Prince and the Revolution synth wizard Dr. Fink, sonic surrealists Broun Fellinis, clarinet master Ben Goldberg, woodwinds renegade Kyle Bruckmann, Oakland emcee/pianist phenom Kev Choice, vocalist Jennifer Kreisberg of the legendary Native American group Ulali, Emmy-winning virtuoso Van-Anh Vanessa Vo , innovative cellist Alex Kelly, experimental composer/guitarist Zachary James Watkins, the Americana/country project Owl 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, RIGHTSTARTER, 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 here to watch a video of PC playing this instrument. It is also featured on his single "I Don't Believe You."
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 Steve 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 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 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 video: PCM playing the SlapStick
ABOUT page mural - "PCM/HALF-BREED" by Julio Salgado
EVENTS page photo: WaffleHowse