Profile: Jeff Pearce
Jeff Pearce Based near Indianapolis, Jeff Pearce is well known to the Spacemusic community for his unique approach to the guitar. Pearce produces tones that rarely betray their origin on the electric guitar as they are processed, delayed, distorted and looped to create complex harmonies and timbres. His music is compelling and moody, traversing the Space, Ambient, Experimental and New Age genres.

The Light Beyond With seven full length CDs and tracks on several prestigious anthologies, Pearce "mines the terrain where Ambient, Space and Minimalism converge..." (WIND AND WIRE). His music ranges from deep, dark soundworlds to bright, elegant, melodic compositions.

Pearce is also an active live performer. His 10 June 2000 performance at The Gatherings Concert Series featured pieces evolved from his CD To The Shores Of Heaven and compositions created especially for that night. Later, Pearce performed live on STAR'S END; the resultant recording being released as The Light Beyond. Also to his credit, on 6 March 1999 Pearce led a discussion/demonstration on his art and craft, then performed live at The Gatherings concert and at a live radio concert on STAR'S END late into the night. Jeff Pearce has also given several Living Room Concerts for the well respected nationally syndicated radio show ECHOES. More recently, Pearce gave his third performance in Philadelphia at The Gatherings Concert Series on 19 October 2002 and later, along with Mike Griffin + Dave fulton, played on into the night on that evening's broadcast of STAR'S END. In Summer 2003, Jeff Pearce was part of the Summer Solstice Space Spectacular - 22 June in Harrisburg, PA.

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Jeff Pearce live at The Gatherings 10 June 2000

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Jeff Pearce 10.20.02 live in-studio STAR'S END concert

Jeff Pearce has performed live in-studio radio concerts on STAR'S END, including the 10.20.02 broadcast where he was joined by fellow Hypnos artists Mike Griffin + Dave Fulton for three hours of live improvised spacemusic.

For details on Jeff Pearce live at The Gatherings Concert Series in Philadelphia, including insightful reviews and colorful concert photos, please access: www.thegatherings.org

During his stay in Philadelphia in Fall of 2005 for The Gatherings Concert Series, Jeff Pearce also played at the STAR'S END Donor Concert on Sunday afternoon October 23rd.


Jeff Pearce live on STAR'S END

Jeff Pearce 03.07.99 live in-studio STAR'S END concert

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Pearce - Fulton - Griffin 10.20.02 live in-studio STAR'S END concert

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Jeff Pearce 10.12.14 live in-studio STAR'S END concert

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Jeff Pearce 10.12.14 live in-studio STAR'S END concert

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Jeff Pearce 10.12.14 live in-studio STAR'S END concert

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STAR'S END 30th Jeff Pearce returned to Philadelphia to perform live on 16 June 2007 at The STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Spacemusic Festival presented by Member Supported WXPN FM in Philadelphia. This event saw the worldwide debut of Robert Rich + Ian Boddy in concert. Also appearing was The Ministry of Inside Things and Orbital Decay. For Photos and Reviews please access the Festival Announcement


STAR'S END CD To mark 30 years of continuous broadcast of STAR'S END, WXPN is releasing the STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology CD. This double CD contains over 120 minutes of live music from 12 renowned artists. The unique performances were culled from on-air in-studio radio concerts by some of our community's greatest talents. Included on the disc are previously unreleased live selections donated by: The Ministry of Inside Things, Orbital Decay, Ian Boddy, AirSculpture, Radio Massacre International, Robert Rich, Rudy Adrian, Jonn Serrie, Jeff Pearce, Saul Stokes and Steve Roach.

STAR'S END 30th Anniversary CD Anthology

Selected Jeff Pearce CD Reviews:
The Hidden Rift Daylight Slowly

Jeff Pearce creates uniquely smooth and beautiful ambient textures using processed and looped electric guitars. His second and third CDs, The Hidden Rift and Vestiges, respectively, established Pearce as the master of "ambient guitar" music. But between those two landmark releases, in the period from 1993-95, Jeff Pearce recorded another set of never-before-released tracks. Now, re-mastered by Mike Griffin for Hypnos, this material has the same smooth feel pioneered on The Hidden Rift, and gave a hint as to where Pearce would travel on Vestiges.

Early in 1998, Jeff Pearce released his third solo CD Vestiges, appeared on the Hypnos compilation The Other World, and the Lektronic compilation Soundscape Gallery 2 (note: also appears on Echoes Living Room Concerts v.2 [1996] and The Ambient Eclipse [1997]). His guitar work also appears on the 1998 Vidna Obmana release Crossing the Trail. Jeff also recently completed work on a full-length collaboration with Vidna Obmana to be entitled True Stories, which will be released in mid-1999.

One of the unique and truly noteworthy artists in today's ambient/space music scene, Jeff Pearce has produced yet another masterpiece of guitar atmospherics. Some of the most beautiful, smooth, slow-moving textures you will ever encounter, here on Daylight Slowly.

--David Hodgson, of Playing By Ear 14 January 1999


Veistiges

Jeff Pearce is a solo guitarist, but that tag doesn't quite cover it. He runs his instrument through transformative delays, loops, and other signal processing to emerge with a deeply layered, highly textured, often hauntingly melodic sound. Daylight Slowly consists of compositions he's recorded from 1993 through '95, but they are of a piece with his more recent work on the Vestiges and The Hidden Rift albums. Pearce's music can be seductively slow and elegiac. His arpeggio pieces, such as "Spirals," "Quiet And Clear," and "11/11," seem to unfold like a dark-hued flower, shimmering in the tremulous daylight of the artist's echoes. But Pearce is also a trawler of the drone zone, casting a slow-motion net of glissando sustains and overtones. Most of the works are shortform, but the album concludes with the 20-minute "Passage To Home," an ambient epic for the hardcore.

--BILLBOARD magazine Critics Choice 9 January 1999


To The Shores of Heaven

I have to wonder if any musical endeavor will ever succeed in captivating me as much as the forthcoming Jeff Pearce release To The Shores Of Heaven, has. I promise you, as lovely as all Jeff's previous releases have been, with "The Shores..." he has envisioned and created themes that have gone a step beyond anything he has ever produced before. Melancholic, ethereal, stunningly poignant; "The Shores..." transcends hearing, enshrouding all senses, creating feelings of sadness and joy, beauty and celestial ascension.... The music of Jeff Pearce shimmers like sunshine through rain.

Reviewed by Bill Beck


Jeff PearceInterviewed live via telephone on the 13 October 2002 broadcast of STAR'S END, Jeff Pearce related his unique approach to the guitar, the range of his musical stylings, his musical inspirations and of his insight into what audience he hopes to affect. Listen to the 20 minute interview by clicking the link below:

Many thanks to Art Cohen, Jeff Pearce and Cyberworkx for their key efforts in making this interview available from this website.

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