Welcome to the website of recording artist, drummer, and producer PC Muñoz.
About PC Muñoz
After spending the last 8 years immersed in multimedia productions and drum/percussion projects around the world, San Francisco musician PC Muñoz returns to songwriting in 2016 with the release of a Valentine's Day single, "Ain't Love Grand", the first taste of his upcoming album Echo. Echo is PC's first full-length collection of new songs since 2008's Grab Bag on the Talking House label, and a radical departure in style and sound. PC is currently tracking the album with longtime co-conspirator Marc Weibel, who co-produced the acclaimed Blueprints of Jazz series for Talking House and helmed recent indie-pop records by The Lovemakers and others.
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.
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!
Friday February 12, 2016
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.
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 September 23, 2016
Center for New Music
55 Taylor St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
8pm Special birthday show at one of the coolest venues in SF! Stay tuned for details.
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.
PC's re-invention of Prince's "Sign 'o' the Times", featuring Dr. Fink of Prince and the Revolution, on iTunes
FIRST SHOW OF 2016 ANNOUNCED: PC will turn up at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco February 12, 2016 for a show called SMASH/HITS, featuring two sets of avant-jazz deconstructions (SMASH) and original pop gems (HITS). Full info at this link and at this Facebook page; hope to see you there!
NEW JOAN JEANRENAUD ALBUM COMING:
PC has just wrapped co-production work on the new Joan Jeanrenaud solo album, which features 17 brand new Jeanrenaud compositions. PC also plays drumset and marimbata on a few tracks, and percussionist extraordinaire William Winant (John Zorn, Mr. Bungle, Danny Elfman, etc.) also joins in on various classical percussion. 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.
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.
CHASE MARTIN SINGLE: PC recently wrapped production work on "Chosen", the killer first single from Oakland Pop/R&B artist Chase Martin. Watch out for the video and an EP from Chase in 2016!
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.
IN THE BOX: 1. Music video: Blood Moon Orchestra's "Moving Train" with PC on drums/production 2. 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" 3. Trailer for motion picture Brujo,featuring music composed and/or produced by PC 4. Highlights from KT Nelson's 2015 dance piece "Dead Reckoning", with a commissioned score from Joan Jeanrenaud and PC on layered cajon and suitcase kit. Video by Loren Robertson 5. Highlights from the 2015 Ira Kamin vs. PCM free-jazz performance in SF 6. "Atonement" by Owl Country, featuring PC on drums and David Grisman on mandolin 7. Music video for Jane Woodman's "Crashing", featuring PC on electronic drums 8. "Adi Shakti" by Tyia Wilson, featuring PC on marimbata and various percussion 9. "Panama Canal" by Joan Jeanrenaud and PC, featured on So You Think You Can Dance
"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