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Modern /free jazz great, bassist Peter Kowald from Wuppertal Germany passed away at 2:00 am Saturday September 21, 2002 in NYC.

SOURCE: Published: 2002-09-21
Peter Kowald bassist from Wuppertal Germany passed away at 2:00 am Saturday September 21, 2002 in NYC.

Kowald 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. Emergency workers tried to save him working intensely for 45 minutes.

Details regarding funeral arrangements and a memorial will be posted when we receive them.

Peter Kowald distinguished himself as one of the leading players of the free school style of improvising was well know 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 has participated in a wide variety of collaborations, working with dancers, poets and artists, in addition to all of the musicians he has worked with. Kowald has recorded many duos with European, Japanese and U.S. musicians -- including bass duets with Barre Phillips, Jolle Landre and Barry Guy -- and recorded in groups with Greek musicians Floros Floridis and Ilias Papadopoulos while Kowald lived in Greece. He has also released solo bass recordings, the most recent being Was Da Ist, the result of a self-proclaimed year at home, which ended in May 1995. Kowald has also performed in groups with Fred Anderson, Wadada Leo Smith, and Gunter Sommer In 2000, he went on a solo tour of the U.S., traveling by station wagon. Since settling in New York Peter established himself with many of the important players on the Downtown scene most notably William Parker. At this years Vision Fest in New York City Peter was a ubiquitious prescence both as a performer and working the food stand. He was a lovely and generous spirit who will be missed by his many fans.

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