Welcome to the website of recording artist, drummer, and producer PC Muñoz.
About PC Muñoz
San Francisco recording artist PC Muñoz's genre-defying projects are stylistically broad and deep, revealing a sonic explorer equally at home with contemporary classical, funk, hip-hop, folk, world music, spoken-word, pure improv, art installations, and modern dance productions. His partnership with composer/cellist/longtime Kronos Quartet member Joan Jeanrenaud has yielded two highly acclaimed projects: the Grammy-nominated Strange Toys and the iTunes-charting cello and beats duo album Pop-Pop. A frequent and enthusiastic collaborator, 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, Kulintang master Danny Kalanduyan, 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 and countless other musicians and recording artists.
PC's notable multidisciplinary collaborations include ongoing iterations of 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 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 (featuring Jackson Browne on the title track), 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. Known as the Bay Area's premiere studio with the only SSL-9000K console in Northern California, the former Talking House facility is now called Studio Trilogy, and hosts everyone from Bay Area emerging artists to pop mega-stars like Lady Gaga and will.i.am.
Born and raised in San José, California, amidst innovation and entrepreneurialism, Muñoz now resides in San Francisco.
Friday September 23, 2016
Center for New Music
55 Taylor St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
8pm Special birthday show at the coolest new-music venue in SF! Stay tuned for details.
Tuesday July 19, 2016
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center St.
7pm PC's new trio will hit at 7pm with an eclectic set of originals and a tribute to His Royal Badness, as part of the Museum's FULL series. Playing alongside Oakland's Black Spirituals and poet Farnoosh Farthi. Full event info here.
Friday July 15, 2016 Future Arts Now! presents the San José premiere of "HALF-BREED" School of Arts & Culture @ Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Ave
San José, CA 95116
8pm PC returns to his hometown to present his poetry/music exploration of mixed-race identity, "HALF-BREED" as the first event for the new 2 Miles East series, curated by the School of Arts & Culture. Special guests and openers TBA!
PC's poetry/music performance piece "HALF-BREED" is a confrontation of historical conceptions of race-mixing, a personal exploration of multiracial identity, and a sometimes perilous navigation of authenticity gatekeeping and inner circle expectations...delivered via electronic soundscapes, spoken-word, and live instrumentation.
Friday April 15, 2016
Private event with cellist Alex Kelly for Minerva Schools in San Francisco.
Thursday March 31, 2016 NY Premiere of "HALF-BREED"Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop
126A Front St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
7pm PC will present his poetry/music exploration of mixed-race identity, "HALF-BREED", at this awesome family-run poetry spot in Brooklyn, with brilliant NY/CA clarinetist Ben Goldberg. NYC hapa poet Erika Lutzner will also read! PC's poetry/music performance piece "HALF-BREED" is a confrontation of historical conceptions of race-mixing, a personal exploration of multiracial identity, and a sometimes perilous navigation of authenticity gatekeeping and inner circle expectations...delivered via electronic soundscapes, spoken-word, and live instrumentation.
Saturday March 26, 2016 Visual Music Listening/Launch Party (with purchase of ticket)
1062 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
10:30pm A special listening/launch party for the new Joan Jeanrenaud album Visual Music (co-produced by PC) will take place immediately following the 8:30 performance of Second Time Around, Jeanrenaud's cello + storytelling piece with Charlie Varon. Purchase a ticket to the 8:30 show on March 26 and you automatically get to stick around for champagne, bites, a premiere listen of the entire Visual Music album, and great company!
Thursday March 24-Sunday March 27, 2016
ODC Dance Downtown
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
700 Howard Street (at Third Street)
San Francisco, CA 94103 Choreographer KT Nelson's devastating dance piece Dead Reckoning, which features a recorded score by Joan Jeanrenaud with PC on percussion, is coming back for the 2016 ODC Dance Downtown series.
Hella information here.
Friday February 12, 2016 SMASH/HITS
Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm
$10-$15 sliding scale
Curated by Derek Lassiter PC returns as songwriter/leader for this show, featuring his new trio playing a mix of free-jazz deconstructions (SMASH) and original pop-influenced tunes (HITS), including some unique covers.
Sunday January 24, 2016
3-5pm PST Indie music stalwart Don Campau will interview PC for the No Pigeonholes show. Deep cuts from the back catalog, a preview of the upcoming SMASH/HITS show, and lots more. Tune in!
WORK WITH PC
PC Muñoz is available for select audio/music projects as percussionist/beatmaker, sound designer, and producer, or as a content creator/project leader for large and small creative initiatives. See contact info below.
LEARN FROM PC
PC is available as a guest lecturer/workshop presenter, and accepts a limited amount of cajon drum students each year; contact PC directly for next availability.
PC is a Board Governor for the SF Chapter of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs. Academy members may connect at the Grammy Pro site; interested music professionals should visit grammypro.com/join to learn about joining and read PC's most recent blog posts for the chapter.
Visit PC's LinkedIn page here and contact PC directly at the address below for all inquiries.
NEW REVIEWS: Reviews for the new Joan Jeanrenaud CD Visual Music, co-produced by PC and featuring PC on several tracks, are starting to come in. Check out the KQED/California Report feature here and longtime Bay Area music writer Derk Richardson's in-depth review here. We'll update this section with the latest as they come!
PC ON NEW BROUN FELLINIS SINGLE: Legendary San Francisco sonic surrealists Broun Fellinis just dropped a new single, "The Definition of God", featuring PC on marimbata along with a host of other Bay Area jazz/hip-hop heavyweights. Check it here.
NEW JOAN JEANRENAUD ALBUM OUT NOW:
PC co-produced and played drumset, marimbata, and cajon on the new album from composer/cellist Joan Jeanrenaud, Visual Music. Visual Music features 17 brand new Jeanrenaud compositions and guest shots from percussion maestro William Winant (John Zorn, Mr. Bungle, Danny Elfman, etc.) and multimedia shaman Dohee Lee. This is the much anticipated follow-up to Jeanrenaud's GRAMMY-nominated 2008 album Strange Toys, which PC produced, and the 2010 Joan/PC duo album Pop-Pop. Learn more at jjcello.com.
THE VA'V ON PBN 114: You can catch PC playing in Emmy-winning virtuoso Van-Anh Vo's ensemble THE VA'V in Paris by Night 114, the recent DVD release of the million-selling Vietnamese-language variety show. Check out the trailer (including an interview with PC at 6:45) here.
OWL COUNTRY: PC can be heard on the debut album from Owl Country, a new folk/country/Americana project headed by Sonoma County songwriters Dan Imhoff and Yvette Holzwarth. The album also features performances from mandolin legend David Grisman, GRAMMY-winning harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite, and local bass stalwart Chris Amberger. You can also catch PC playing his trainhopper kit in the new music video "The Hard Way" by Portland/North Carolina/California folk group Love,Isabel.
IN THE BOX: 1."HALF-BREED" trailer 2. "Harlem Strut" by Joan Jeanrenaud, w/PC on drumset 3. PC's re-imagination of Prince's "Sign 'o' the Times", with Prince and the Revolution keyboardist Dr. Fink 4. Music video: Blood Moon Orchestra's "Moving Train" with PC on drums/production 5. Starting at :42, "The Slow Rise of a Rigid Man" 2015 Bates College solo dance performance by Robert Moses set to PC's song "All Out of Everything" 6. Trailer for motion picture Brujo, featuring music composed and/or produced by PC 7. Highlights from KT Nelson's 2015 dance piece "Dead Reckoning", with a commissioned score from Joan Jeanrenaud and PC on layered cajon and Trainhopper Kit 8. Highlights from the 2015 Ira Kamin vs. PCM free-jazz performance in SF 9. "Family Matters" music video from the Grab Bag album, directed by Alex Muñoz.
"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
"Dark, sexual, sensual, confessional, and confrontational--all at the same time...a poet." Performing Songwriter
"3.5 Stars (for Pop-Pop). This cello-and-percussion team moves through 10 tracks that are alternately tantalizing, mesmerizing, even somber at times." DownBeat
"(PC Muñoz) is truly a modern musician, equally at home with a live band, playing the most organic of instruments...or hunched over a computer, making beats and working magic with ProTools..." Tom Chandler, East Bay Express
"Muñoz's tasteful electronics, effortlessly balancing hard-hitting syncussion with bouncy basslines and buttery synth washes, are the perfect counterpoint to the thought-provoking words he spits out with an incomparable cool....undeniable talent for crafting songs that stimulate the mind and the body." Amorn Bholsangngam, Urb Magazine
"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
"Compelling beats, clever lyrics, and special guests, such as cellist Jean Jeanrenaud, make (Grab Bag) an enjoyable listen." Electronic Musician
"...undeniable stage presence...laid-back, but commanding...the show is a left hook all right---and a knock out at that." Mike Osegueda, Fresno Bee
"...a fascinating amalgam of spoken word, acid-jazz and R&B with elements of old-school electro and even hints of gospel." Michelle Goldberg/SF Metropolitan
"Great work. It's all too rare to hear someone breaking new ground in the pop field." John Zorn, Composer
"... PC Muñoz consistently redefine(s) himself, sailing effortlessly across artistic categories..." Marian Liu, San Jose Mercury News