3 of 9 Dimensions

by String Theory

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    Review by Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
    STRING THEORY With PEK / GLYNIS LOMON / ELINOR SPEIRS / ERIC ZINMAN - 3 of 9 Dimensions (Evil Clown 9215; USA) String Theory is PEK on clarinets, saxes, double reeds, wood flute, percussion, etc., Glynis Lomon on cello, acquasonic & voice, Elinor Speirs on violin & percussion and Eric Zinman on piano, inside & on the keyboard. String Theory is just one of the half dozen Leap of Faith offshoot projects that Dave Peck has organized and recorded. The two constant members are Leap of Faith constants: PEK (multiple reeds) and Glynis Lomon (cello). This quartet version also includes Elinor Speirs on violin and pianist, Eric Zinman. You most likely recall Boston area-based keyboardist, Eric Zinman from his work with Linda Sharrock, Ted Daniel and Francois Tusques. The set here was recorded live at Outpost 186 in Cambridge, MA in May of 2019, just a few months ago. This disc is superbly recorded, hence we can hear all four members in perfect balance. What is the tea-kettle-like whistle? Strings, rubbed piano and other strings?? Things start our sparse and calm and build slowly towards more dense and heated passages. It sounds as if both string players were classically trained, hense this music has a controlled chamber-like quality. PEK often lays back to let the strings and piano fill up the sound so this doesn’t quite sound like other Leap of Faith offshoot sessions. Even when Pek enters, he works well with the strings and piano, everyone listening closely, bending their notes together, taking their time to create a suspense-filled soundscape. PEK plays a bit of low end horns, like contrabassoon or bass sax, which match well with the strings. Ms. Lomon is a longtime member of Leap of Faith and can be found on perhaps 90% of their 100+ records. She is gifted cellist and gets a chance to stretch out here, but never hogs the spotlight. Ms. Speirs, whose name I’ve only seen on a few LoF sessions, also get a chance to add her own spice, changing the direction of the improv at times. Pianist Eric Zinman is an amazing free player who has been around for many years and deserves wider recognition. He too sounds nightly, adding sparse yet lines and bursts selectively throughout. This is one the most laid back, yet still somehow enchanting of the many Leap of Faith offshoot projects.
    - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
    Liner Notes by PEK
    In the early Leap of Faith (LOF) period (90s), we did a number of shows with Strings and myself, in fact, for a while the core trio was myself on reeds, Glynis Lomon on cello, and Craig Schildhauer on bass. String Theory is the extended string section of the Leap of Faith Orchestra, and the current incarnation of this early period Leap of Faith ensemble. As well as being the string section of the orchestra, String Theory performs and records independently. Since we rebooted the Leap of Faith project in 2015, we have released over 10 albums of string and woodwind improvisations…
    For this set, Glynis and I are joined by one of our favorite violinists, Elinor Speirs, and pianist Eric Zinman from Glynis’ other trio New Language Collaborative (NLC). Elinor first did a Leap of Faith session last summer just before joining the LOFO performance of Cosmological Horizons at Killian Hall MIT in July of 2018. She has finished her DMA at New England Conservatory and now splits her time between New York and Boston. Despite her crazy travel schedule, she has managed to make time for more Leap of Faith sets recorded at Evil Clown Headquarters and now this String Theory performance at Outpost 186.
    Eric, Glynis and I all go way back, since Eric was on the Boston Free Music scene when I arrived in 1989, and we played back then. During the long Leap of Faith hiatus, Eric played a great deal with Glynis and the brilliant drummer Syd Smart in NLC. In more recent times. Eric has been the regular pianist for the Leap of Faith Orchestra and a frequent guest in smaller Leap of Faith ensembles, Metal Chaos Ensemble, and String Theory.
    This performance is a very interesting development in this history, combining long prior history with Eric and recent small format Leap of Faith performances with Elinor. One of the main characteristics of String Theory compared to Leap of Faith is the absence of a drummer. We love Yuri’s playing and there are many wonderful performances by LOF with additional strings, but occasionally we do the strings without drum set. String Theory, as a result, has a much more chamber music vibe than Evil Clown albums by the other bands. Although Yuri is absent, there is still percussion, just no drum set; I brought some gongs and a couple bags of wood and metal instruments and Eric included several cymbals in his piano set up, and also played the piano interior with mallets…
    PEK, 19 May 2019
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Evil Clown 9215
Outpost 186
Cambridge MA
18 May 2019


released May 19, 2019

- PEK - clarinet & contralto clarinets, alto, tenor & bass saxophones, contrabassoon, bass tromboon, wood flute, sheng, theremin, gongs, flex-a-tone, rattles, rachets, wood blocks, castanets, Tibetan bowls & bells, aquasonic, kazoo, game calls, voice
- Glynis Lomon - cello, aquasonic, voice
- Elinor Speirs - violin, castanets, Tibetan bells, rattle, voice
- Eric Zinman - piano, piano interior, cymbals
Selected Previous String Theory Sets:
String Theory - Quantum Entanglement
bandcamp - stringtheory6.bandcamp.com/album/quantum-entanglement
YouTube - www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_0FmIRTAeY
Evil Clown site - www.evilclown.rocks/st-quantum-entanglement.html
String Theory - Thickness of the Present
bandcamp - stringtheory6.bandcamp.com/album/thickness-of-the-present
YouTube -
Thickness of the Present: youtu.be/9d_g7dlJQOc
What is Now?: youtu.be/KKFobSOUgiE
Evil Clown site - www.evilclown.rocks/st-thickness-of-the-present.html
squidco - www.squidco.com/miva/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=S&Product_Code=27216
String Theory - Forms of Matter
bandcamp - stringtheory6.bandcamp.com/album/forms-of-matter
YouTube - youtu.be/vhLkgcoK4bo
Evil Clown site - www.evilclown.rocks/st-forms-of-matter.html
String Theory - Extrema
bandcamp - stringtheory6.bandcamp.com/album/extrema
YouTube -
Extrema: youtu.be/nMRzQaqzJ44
Outliers: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQDldIgxp9s
Evil Clown site - www.evilclown.rocks/st-extrema.html
String Theory - Angular Distortion
bandcamp - stringtheory6.bandcamp.com/album/angular-distortion
YouTube - www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yPXC2ezdPQ
Evil Clown site - www.evilclown.rocks/st-angular-distortion.html
String Theory - Cosmological Constants
bandcamp - stringtheory6.bandcamp.com/album/cosmological-constants
YouTube - www.youtube.com/watch?v=OU-yJjoIfFA
Evil Clown site - www.evilclown.rocks/st-cosmological-constants.html
squidco -
String Theory - Condensed Phases of Matter
bandcamp - stringtheory6.bandcamp.com/album/condensed-phases-of-matter
YouTube - www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN4URggzjR4
Evil Clown site - www.giantevilclown.com/st-condensed-phases-of-matter.html


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String Theory is the extended string section for the Leap of Faith Orchestra. Like the other sections comprising the LOFO, ST also plays as a separate ensemble. Hard core free improv from the cream of orchestral strings in Boston...

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