Modern Space Music is the on going creation by Tom Muller of the melodic fusion of some that has gone before in cosmic composition while evolving new voyages into the realm of space music and the Universe as a grand inspiration. It is vast and unending providing limitless themes. We have all looked to the stars and thought there was more than just the white lights against the black sky. Years of astronomical discoveries, the Hubble Space Telescope and other probes have opened the physical eye to the beauty and grandeur of the farthest of reaches which man has never seen. Hopefully our musical tomes are an accompaniment to those distant views and countless more yet to be seen. Our music may even accompany those who travel there someday.
In response to Major Tom's universal call, control room chief engineer Andrew Click of Stepbridge Studios in Santa Fe communicated the need for personnel of only the highest quality to become part of the Pecos Planetary team. After an exhaustive search the crew was selected and given their assignments. They have reacted extremely well under the demanding conditions that Major Tom requires because they knew they would have heavy demands to make this project a success. They have all performed with stealth and exactness to create what is presented as a galaxy of work.
THE PECOS PLANETARY ORCHESTRA
MAJOR TOM, KEYBOARDS, THEREMIN
DANIEL WARD, GUITAR
JUSTIN BRANSFORD, BASS
JEFF NELSON, BASS
HILARY SCHACHT, VIOLIN
MARK CLARK, DRUMS & PERCUSSION
KRISTEN STROM, SAX
JOHN WORLEY, TRUMPET
CHASE MORRISON, CELLO
FELIX FAN, CELLO
KEVIN ZOERNIG, THEREMIN
MARK FENICHEL, HARMONICA
DJ SEAMLESS, SCRATCHES
UNNUR LARUSDOTTIR, VOCALS
SAL VALENTINO, VOCALS
Tom Muller has been performing on keyboards, writing and living music his whole life. From big time tours in the 60's to producing and co-creating sanjoserocks.org he has been actively involved. After success in the rock world he became seriously interested in composing thematic creations and came up with Modern Space Music. In a few short years he has written over 84 songs which are gradually being produced a volume at a time. Volumes four and five are now underway. He has assembled a great team and the live performance aspect is also being assembled hopefully to debut at the San Jose Jazz Festival in 2010. Here are the key members:
Daniel Ward is an accomplished flamenco guitar player from Cedar Crest, NM. His abilities on electric guitar are also quite incredible. He has been involved with this project from the beginning.
Justin Bransford is a Santa Fe, NM native who has added the bass with the exactness required. He performed regularly has Daniel and Mark with Ottmar Liebert.
Mark Clark is simply the best percussion/drummer known to man. Having honed his skills in the Air Force Band as well as numerous road trips with famous names, he is a regular in many sessions around Albuquerque and Santa Fe where he lives.
Kristen Strom provides the horns heard in the various volumes. She is a Bay Area mainstay in numerous bands and ensembles plus she teaches and does session work.
Felix Fan is a world class cellist who, when available, performs in our sessions on his 1724 Stradivarius which has the tone of centuries of aging
as created by the Italian master. Felix is a soloist with the San Diego and Kansas City Symphonies to name a few plus European and other world venues. He is also a surfer. Rock on dude.
Mark Fenichel is also world class on the harmonica, having played with a list that could fill many paragraphs. Of course it is always easy to sit in when your instrument weighs 6 ounces.
Sal Valentino is the former lead singer of the 60's Beau Brummels and in the 70's he performed with Stoneground. In the ensuing years he has become even more dynamic with some of his later works being quite superlative. His premiere performance with the orchestra is "Spaceman" the only non Muller composed song in the collection. It was written by the eclectic and late Harry Nilsson.
Unnur Larusdottir from Iceland does all the vocal backgrounds in the first three volumes. Uni has octaves of range and her unique voice will be featured in future pieces solo.
The Pecos Planetary Orchestra is very fortunate to have these and all the other fine musicians as members.