Welcome to the website of musician and writer PC Muñoz.
About PC Muñoz
After spending much of the last three years focusing on his drum/percussion work in productions across the US and Hong Kong, San Francisco musician/writer PC Muñoz returns to his songwriting roots in 2015 with Inside Pocket of a Houndstooth Blazer, a multimedia production featuring an album's worth of new songs. Two songs from Blazer, the electro/acoustic funk number "Big Winner" and the new-wave rocker "I See" are out now. In addition to the new originals, PC's reinvention of rock legend Prince's trailblazing single "Sign 'o' the Times" is due out April 24, featuring Dr. Fink of Prince and the Revolution on keyboards.
PC Muñoz's genre-defying projects are stylistically broad and deep, revealing a sonic explorer equally at home with contemporary classical, funk, hip-hop, spoken-word, 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.
UPCOMING PROJECTS AND APPEARANCES
Sunday March 15, 2015 Performance with THE VA'V
Florence Gould Theater
Palace of Legion of Honor
100 34th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121
For list of all entertainers and ticket information click
here or call 415-298-3705
Thursday March 19 through
Sunday March 22, 2015
3153 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110 Premiere of KT Nelson's Dead Reckoning at ODC Theater in San Francisco.
PC recorded percussion for some of Joan Jeanrenaud's amazing compositions for this devastating dance piece, which will premiere as part of ODC Theater's "Dance Downtown" event.
For complete information on all shows and gala event, click here
Thursday April 2, 2015
26 Main Street
6:30pm PC produced and performed on a number of radically re-arranged classic tunes for this independent film.
Saturday April 4, 2015
Sunday April 5, 2015 Special Paris by Night 114 performance with THE VA'V Pechanga Resort and Casino
45000 Pechanga Way
Temecula, CA 92592
1:00pm and 7:00pm Sunday
For ticketing info click here
Friday April 24, 2015Special Blood Moon Orchestra performance
MALI Art | Life Forum
The School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Ave
San José, CA 95121
FREE! PC will perform with Van-Anh Vanessa Vo and DEM ONE at this unique forum offered by the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute. Click here for registration information.
Saturday May 16, 2015 Performance with THE VA'V
Sunday July 12, 2015 Duo performance with madcap free-jazz pianist Ira Kamin
Bird & Beckett
653 Chenery Street
San Francisco, CA 94131
Selected tracks from various projects:
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 and accepts a limited amount of cajon drum students each year; contact PC directly for next availability.
PC is a voting member of The Recording Academy/Grammys and 2015 candidate for Board Governor. Academy members can connect at the Grammy Pro site.
Visit PC's LinkedIn page here and contact PC directly at the address below for all inquiries.
PCM IN THE NEWS: Film pro magazine postPerspective interviewed PC about his recent film scoring sessions and creative process; read it here. Top-notch blog I Heart SF Bands wrote a love note to PC's single "Big Winner" here.
MULTIPLE NEW RELEASES: New Joan Jeanrenaud compositions
PC played drumset and marimbata on two new polyrhythm-driven compositions ("Harlem Strut" and "Harmonic Harlem") by composer, cellist and frequent collaborator Joan Jeanrenaud. The new compositions will be released soon via Joan's new website. PC also contributed drum tracks to Joan's new compositions for choreographer KT Nelson, which will premiere March 2015 at the ODC Theatre in San Francisco. New PCM singles
In addition to the new material PC is writing for the Inside Pocket of a Houndstooth Blazer project, two new radically reinvented cover singles are also coming soon: PC's version of Prince's "Sign 'o' the Times" (featuring Dr. Fink of Prince and the Revolution), plus a curveball interpretation of a Motown classic with Oakland bassist/recording artist Jason Hoopes (recently seen on tour with improvising icon Fred Frith).
PC played drumset on this Americana/country project headed by Sonoma County songwriters Dan Imhoff and Yvette Holzwarth, which also features Grammy winning harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, NorCal mandolin legend David Grisman, powerhouse pedal steel player Dave Zirbel and more. You can stream and buy the album here and read a recent review of the album here. The VA'V and Blood Moon Orchestra
PC's latest collaborations with Emmy-award winning/Oscar nominated virtuoso Van-Anh Vanessa Vo include the unique music/film project Blood Moon Orchestra (with rapper DEM ONE and film director Christopher PaperSon Woon) as well as Vo's unique trio, The VA'V, with talented cellist Alex Kelly. Check the "Upcoming Appearances" section of this site to find out where you can see The VA'V live, and check out pictures (and a review in Vietnamese) from their recent Orange County concert here. Chosen/Chase Martin
PC also recently wrapped production work on "Chosen", the killer first single from Oakland Pop/R&B artist Chase Martin, due in mid-2015. Watch out for this one! Brujo
PC produced and played on numerous unique tracks for the upcoming feature film Brujo, which premieres in Vermont in April 2015.
DRESHER ENSEMBLE ARTIST RESIDENCY: PC wasn awarded a 2015 Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency for the development of his collaborative multimedia project, Inside Pocket of a Houndstooth Blazer. Collaborators include dynamite choreographer/dancer Mihyun Lee and vocalist improviser Dave Worm. Stay tuned for more collaborator news and new video content!
TYIA WILSON ALBUM: You can hear PC on the debut release by Idaho-based vocalist Tyia Wilson. The epic dance/chant track "Adi Shakti" is featured in the "Now Listen-Hear!" section of this site; check her out!
VIDEO GUIDE: 1. Inside Pocket of a Houndstooth Blazer teaser video, with footage from NYC, PDX, SFO, and OAK 2. Blood Moon Orchestra teaser 3. Sneak-peek video for the HALF-BREED multidisciplinary project 4."Counterfeit" lyric video 5. "One Voice/One Drum" mini-doc featuring DEM ONE and PCM 6. Animated video for "33 1/3" by Joan Jeanrenaud and PCM 7. "Arietta" by Kev Choice (produced by PC) 8. "Panama Canal" by Joan Jeanrenaud and PC featured on So You Think You Can Dance 9. Fall of a Sudden promo video, featuring Hong Kong rehearsal footage and audio collage
"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
"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