Just received this sad news from Patricia Parker.
Peter Kowald bassist from Wuppertal Germany
passed away at 2:00 am
Saturday September 21, 2002 in NYC.
Peter died of a heart attack at the home of Patricia and William Parker
after playing a concert in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at B.T.M. with Masahiko
Kono, Tatsuya Nakatani and Kazuhisa Uchihashi. He asked to be taken to
house and was about to take him to the hospital when he had the attack
died. Emergency workers tried to save him working intensely for 45
Details regarding funeral arrangements and a memorial will be posted
we receive them.
Peter Kowald distinguished himself as one of
the leading players of the
free school style of improvising. He was well known and respected on both
sides of the Atlantic both in his native Germany and in his adopted home
of New York City by musicians and fans alike. He made numerous recordings
for the German FMP label with his long time collaborators Peter Brotzman
and Alxeander von Schlippenbach. From 1973 to 1978 he was the principal
bassist for the Globe Unity Orchestra. Kowald participated in a wide
variety of collaborations, working with dancers, poets and artists, in
addition to all of the musicians he worked with. Kowald recorded many
with European, Japanese and U.S. musicians, including bass duets with
Barre Phillips, Joëlle Léandre and Barry Guy. While recording
featuring Greek musicians Floros Floridis and Ilias Papadopoulos during
his residence in Greece. He also released solo bass recordings - the most
recent being Was Da Ist, resulting from a self-proclaimed year at home,
ending in May 1995. Kowald also performed in groups with Fred Anderson,
Wadada Leo Smith, and Gunter Sommer In 2000, he went on a solo tour of
U.S., traveling by station wagon. Since settling in New York, Peter
established himself with many of the important players on the Downtown
scene, including bassist/composer William Parker and many others of note.
During this years Vision Fest in New York City Peter maintained a
ubiquitous presence both as a performer, while also working the food
stand. As recently as Wednesday (9/18/02) of this week he performed with
great intensity with the ensemble of saxophonist Blaise Siwula, the
drummer Jeff Arnal and the guitarist Dom Minasi. On Sunday (9/22/02) he
was scheduled to perform with his "Last Global Village" ensemble
Lounge Free Style Events Series. He was a lovely and generous spirit who
will be missed by his many fans.