Welcome to the website of recording artist PC Muñoz.
About PC Muñoz
With his new release "Rugged Individual/Fish & Crab", San Francisco recording artist/producer/drummer PC Muñoz delves deep into both sides of his family's roots, from the European-descended wagon train pioneers on his mother's side to the indigenous Micronesian/Pacific Islander lineage on his father's side. Utilizing electronics, drumkit, and voice, "Rugged Individual" explores American and Old West mythology while the beatbox and belembaotuyan-driven "Fish & Crab" radically re-imagines an ancient Chamoru art form, squaring this release firmly in the new music/avant-garde milieu. The dual pieces release as one single on bandcamp on 1/27/17.
San Francisco recording artist/producer/drummer 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, poetry, pure improv, art installations, and modern dance productions. 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. A frequent collaborator, PC has also 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 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. Known as the Bay Area's premiere studio with the only SSL-9000K console in Northern California, the former Talking House facility was re-christened Studio Trilogy and hosted everyone from Bay Area emerging artists to pop mega-stars like Lady Gaga, T.I., and will.i.am up until closing in late 2016.
Born and raised in San José, California amidst innovation and entrepreneurialism, Muñoz now resides in San Francisco.
Friday January 13, 2017 PC on "The History of Funk" with Rickey Vincent kpfa.org
10pm-12am PC will be a guest on Rickey Vincent's legendary radio show in the second hour.
Monday January 16, 2017/MLK Day
STAND! A Day of Art and Solidarity: Performances, Workshops, and more
School of Arts and Culture at MHP
1700 Alum Rock Ave
San José, CA
FREE admission; register here. PC will join SJ-based rapper/impresario DEM ONE for a special pop-up performance.
"There's a reason why we keep bringing PC Muñoz and his ensembles back to perform year after year. PC is a musical mastermind with an agenda: exploring the totality of funk and blues, and digging into the locations where they intersect other parts of the culture in the most compelling ways.
PC's homegrown "art-funk" concept has found a perfect embodiment in his current group. At a recent show, they electrified the crowd by walking that elusive line between laser-focused intricacy and the loose, rangy freedom of the groove. Stripped down yet never simple, this ensemble decodes the world's secret messages and delivers them to the gut, the heart, and the mind."
Sean Carson, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
To book PC's art-funk ensemble or an iteration of HALF-BREED, contact PC directly at the address below.
WORK WITH PC
PC Muñoz is available for select audio/music projects as percussionist/beatmaker and composer/producer, and his entire song catalog is available for licensing. For instrumental film/tv/commercial licensing cues, visit this link. See contact info below to discuss your project or request a private streaming link of instrumentals for licensing.
LEARN FROM PC
PC is available as a guest lecturer/workshop presenter, and accepts a limited amount of cajon drum students each year.
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.
SF WEEKLY/ALL SHOOK DOWN LIST: PC's new EP, Echo, was featured on SF Weekly's hot list of the best Bay Area releases of the fall season, along with new projects by Green Day, Beats Antique, Third Eye Blind, Madame Gandhi and more. Check out the whole list here.
NEW ARTICLE ON NPR/KQED: PC was interviewed for a KQED blog piece about hapa/multiracial identity; read the article here.
NEW REVIEWS: Reviews for the new Joan Jeanrenaud CD Visual Music, co-produced by PC and featuring PC on several tracks, have been rolling in from all over. Check out the NPR/California Report feature here. longtime Bay Area music writer Derk Richardson's in-depth review here, an effusive review on JazzdaGama here, and Sea of Tranquility's review here. We'll update this section with the latest as they come!
PC ON 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.
IN THE BOX: 1. "Rugged Individual" promo video 2. HALF-BREED Oakland Premiere Promo Video 3. "Echo" Mini-EP on bandcamp 4. PCM.3 Surveillance Footage, 2016 5. Ira Kamin vs. PCM II show snippet 6. "Harlem Strut" by Joan Jeanrenaud, w/ PC on drumset 7. Music video: Blood Moon Orchestra's "Moving Train" w/ PC on drums/production 8. PC's re-imagination of Prince's "Sign 'o' the Times", with Prince and the Revolution keyboardist Dr. Fink 9. 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"
"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