PEK

Instrument: Multi-instrumentalist

Born: August 31, 1964

Texture and Transformation: PEK & His Grand Aesthetic Challenge

PEK (aka David Peck) is a multi-instrument improviser who plays all kinds of instruments including saxophones, clarinets, double reeds, percussion, electronics and auxiliary sound making devices of all kinds.

PEK was born in 1964 and started playing clarinet and piano in elementary school. In 7th grade he started saxophones, first on alto, then switching to tenor in high school. He spent 10 years playing in rock bands and studying classical and jazz saxophone with Kurt Heisig in the San Jose CA area before moving to Boston in 1989 to attend Berklee where he studied performance with George Garzone. While Berklee was an excellent place to study harmony, voice training and other important aspects of a conventional formal music training course of study, it was not a very good environment for learning contemporary (or pure) improvisation (apart from his work with George). PEK did find, however, that Boston had a thriving improvisation scene, and it was here that he developed his mature pure improvisation language.

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On Leap of Faith: “Alien yet familiar, bizarre yet completely fascinating. Expanding, contracting, erupting, settling down, always as one force...” - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG

On Helix... “…This is no-holds-barred improvisation in its most challenging, uncompromising form… there are some hair-raising moments along the way capable of startling and challenging even the most experienced listeners of freely-improvised music. ‘Helix’ is a striking example of what can be done by larger ensembles within the realm of free improvisation…” - Troy Dostert, The Free Jazz Collective

On Possible Universes... “…What is even more impressive is that Mr

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