Peter Kowald

Thursday, April 14, 1988. 8:00 pm

 

Peter Kowald solo at Roulette 1988

Peter Kowald

Thursday, April 14, 1988. 8:00 pm

Solo Contrabass improvisations by the German free jazz double bassist and tubist.

Peter Kowald was part of the European tour undertaken by the Carla Bley/Michael Mantler band in 1966 (also featuring Peter Brötzmann) and then came work with other German musicians, membership of the Globe Unity Orchestra and the first recordings: Globe Unity, For Adolphe Sax and Summer 1967, recorded during a brief vacation in London. Kowald was a member of Globe Unity Orchestra for 12 years (1966 to 1978) and for much of this time played less of a side-man role and more of an equal partner with the person to whom the group has become most associated, Alex von Schlippenbach. Kowald collaborated with a large number of European free jazz and American free-jazz players during his career, including BrötzmannIrène SchweizerKarl BergerFred AndersonHamid DrakeKarl E. H. SeigfriedConny BauerJeffrey MorganWadada Leo SmithGünter SommerWilliam ParkerBarre PhillipsJoëlle LéandreAlfred Harth, Lauren Newton and Evan Parker. He also recorded a number of solo double-bass albums, and was a member of the London Jazz Composer’s Orchestra until 1985. He also recorded a number of pioneering double bass duets with Maarten AltenaBarry GuyJoëlle LéandreBarre PhillipsWilliam ParkerDamon Smith and Peter Jacquemyn.

In addition, Kowald collaborated extensively with poets and artists and with the dancers Gerlinde LambeckAnne Martin (formerly of Pina Bausch Ensemble), Tadashi EndoPatricia Parker (founder of the Vision Festival), Maria MitchellSally SilversCheryl Banks (formerly of Sun Ra‘s Arkestra), Arnette de MilleSayonara Pereira, and Kazuo Ohno. Specific works included Die Klage der Kaiserin (1989) with Pina Bausch, short pieces (since 1989) with Jean Sasportes, The spirit of adventure (1990) with Anastasia Lyra, Wasser in der Hand (1990/91) with Christine Brunel, and Futan no sentaku/The burden of choice (1990/91) with Min Tanaka and Butch Morris. His notable work with singers includes Jeanne LeeDiamanda GalásAnna Homler and Sainkho Namtchylak, Peter was especially interested in his international improvising ensemble Global Village with musicians from different cultural regions of the world.