Zbigniew Karkowski

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Zbigniew Karkowski
Zbigniew Karkowski was born March 14, 1958 in Krakow, Poland; he passed away December 12, 2013 in Peru. He studied composition at the State College of Music in Gothenburg, Sweden, aesthetics of modern music at the University of Gothenburg's Department of Musicology, and computer music at the Chalmers University of Technology. After completing his studies in Sweden, he studied sonology for a year at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Den Haag, Netherlands. During his education, he also attended many summer composition master courses arranged by Centre Acanthes in Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, France, studying with Iannis Xenakis, Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez, and Georges Aperghis, among others. He worked actively as a composer of both acoustic and electroacoustic music. He has written pieces for large orchestra (commissioned and performed by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra), plus an opera and several chamber music pieces that were performed by professional ensembles in Sweden, Poland, and Germany. He was a founding member of the electroacoustic music performance trio "Sensorband." Zbigniew had lived and worked in Tokyo, Japan for the past eight years, and was active in the underground noise scene there.
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RA 039 Zbigniew Karkowski - Bad·Bye Engine album art Bilting* · Karkowski* Bilting* · Karkowski* - Bad·Bye Engine (Album) Radium 226.05 RA 039 Sweden 1988 Sell This Version
K4 Zbigniew Karkowski - Uexkull album art Zbigniew Karkowski Uexkull (Album) Anckarström K4 Sweden 1991 Sell This Version
SR9217 Zbigniew Karkowski - Phauss • Karkowski • Bilting album art Phauss / Karkowski* / Bilting* Phauss / Karkowski* / Bilting* - Phauss • Karkowski • Bilting(CD) Silent SR9217 US 1992 Sell This Version
STCD 133 Zbigniew Karkowski - World As Will album art Tetsuo Furudate + Zbigniew Karkowski Tetsuo Furudate + Zbigniew Karkowski - World As Will(CD, Album) Staalplaat STCD 133 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
erscd001 Zbigniew Karkowski - Mutation album art Aube And Zbigniew Karkowski Aube And Zbigniew Karkowski - Mutation(CD, Album, Ltd) ERS erscd001 Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version
ERROR 6 Zbigniew Karkowski - Disruptor album art Zbigniew Karkowski & Helmut Schäfer Zbigniew Karkowski & Helmut Schäfer - Disruptor(CD, Album) OR ERROR 6 UK 1999 Sell This Version
Bake Records 020, BAKE 020 Zbigniew Karkowski - Voltage album art Edwin van der Heide & Zbigniew Karkowski Edwin van der Heide & Zbigniew Karkowski - Voltage(CDr) Bake Records, Bake Records Bake Records 020, BAKE 020 Netherlands 1999 Sell This Version
OR CDR 001 Zbigniew Karkowski - Datastream album art Edwin Van Der Heide & Zbigniew Karkowski Edwin Van Der Heide & Zbigniew Karkowski - Datastream(CDr) OR OR CDR 001 UK 1999 Sell This Version
r.o.s.a._03 Zbigniew Karkowski - Le Dépeupleur album art Kasper T Toeplitz, Zbigniew Karkowski Kasper T Toeplitz, Zbigniew Karkowski - Le Dépeupleur(CD, Album) Recordings Of Sleaze Art r.o.s.a._03 France 2000 Sell This Version
Ytterbium 05 Zbigniew Karkowski - Choice Of Points For The Application Of Force album art Zbigniew Karkowski Choice Of Points For The Application Of Force(CD, Album) Ytterbium Ytterbium 05 France 2000 Sell This Version
.a.[l] 003-01 Zbigniew Karkowski - Whint album art Zbigniew Karkowski / Francisco López Zbigniew Karkowski / Francisco López - Whint(2xCD, Ltd) .Absolute. [London] .a.[l] 003-01 UK 2000 Sell This Version
sirr 2003 Zbigniew Karkowski - Function Generator album art Zbigniew Karkowski / Xopher Davidson Zbigniew Karkowski / Xopher Davidson - Function Generator(CD, Album) Sirr sirr 2003 Portugal 2001 Sell This Version
NAIM09CD Zbigniew Karkowski - 不味苦 album art MAZK, 秋田原美* + 寺·卡高斯基* MAZK, 秋田原美* + 寺·卡高斯基* - 不味苦(CD, Album) Noise Asia NAIM09CD Hong Kong 2001 Sell This Version
23five 003 Zbigniew Karkowski - World As Will II album art Tetsuo Furudate + Zbigniew Karkowski Tetsuo Furudate + Zbigniew Karkowski - World As Will II(CD) 23five 23five 003 US 2002 Sell This Version
POST 006 Zbigniew Karkowski - ElectroStatics album art Zbigniew Karkowski ElectroStatics(CD, Album) Post Concrete POST 006 US 2003 Sell This Version
eozoön 001 Zbigniew Karkowski - 2 ZBG-TTO album art Zbigniew Karkowski & Tito Diaz Zbigniew Karkowski & Tito Diaz - 2 ZBG-TTO(CDr) Eozoön Editions eozoön 001 Spain 2003 Sell This Version
G 001 Zbigniew Karkowski - Attuning / Attending album art Zbigniew Karkowski Attuning / Attending(CD) Musica Genera G 001 Poland 2004 Sell This Version
Wl002 Zbigniew Karkowski - Intensifier album art Zbigniew Karkowski Intensifier(CD, Album, Ltd) [walnut + locust] Wl002 France 2004 Sell This Version
aus 021 Zbigniew Karkowski - KHZ album art Zbigniew Karkowski & Antimatter Zbigniew Karkowski & Antimatter - KHZ(CD, Album) Auscultare Research aus 021 US 2005 Sell This Version
NJL004 Zbigniew Karkowski - Noisejihad Live 15/04/2005 album art Zbigniew Karkowski / Fl/ex'0 Zbigniew Karkowski / Fl/ex'0 - Noisejihad Live 15/04/2005(File, MP3) Noisejihad Live NJL004 Denmark 2005
NAIM 30 CD Zbigniew Karkowski - Revenge Of Ying And Yang album art Zbigniew Karkowski & Li Chin Sung Zbigniew Karkowski & Li Chin Sung - Revenge Of Ying And Yang(CD, Album) Noise Asia NAIM 30 CD Hong Kong 2005 Sell This Version
SR 214 CD Zbigniew Karkowski - One And Many album art Zbigniew Karkowski One And Many(CD, Album) Sub Rosa SR 214 CD Belgium 2005 Sell This Version
YTTERBIUM07 Zbigniew Karkowski - In Real Time album art MAZK, Masami Akita + Zbigniew Karkowski MAZK, Masami Akita + Zbigniew Karkowski - In Real Time(CD, Album) Ytterbium YTTERBIUM07 France 2005 Sell This Version
mg 010 Zbigniew Karkowski - Connector album art Karkowski*, Courtis*, Genovart*, Haro*, Reche* Karkowski*, Courtis*, Genovart*, Haro*, Reche* - Connector(CD, Album) Musica Genera mg 010 Poland 2006 Sell This Version
Kwanyin 016 Zbigniew Karkowski - Live At Waterland Kwanyin 水陆观音现场 album art Zbigniew Karkowski / Li Chin Sung / Wang Fan / Fannullone Zbigniew Karkowski / Li Chin Sung / Wang Fan / Fannullone - Live At Waterland Kwanyin 水陆观音现场(CD, Album) Kwanyin Records, Sub Jam Kwanyin 016 China 2006 Sell This Version

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May 5, 2016
Does anyone know where to find his scores or a list of the pieces he composed for accoustic musicians?


December 19, 2013
Zbigniew Karkowski (1958-2013)
"Many say they are sorry to hear of Zbigniew Karkowsky's death. I, for one, am not.

I still hear Zbigniew's infectious laugh, hear his voice, see the sparkle of mischief in his eyes. Ripping a poster of an exhibition that my piece BLIND DATE was in off the window of a packed Yamanote-sen in Tokyo, then showing it to a suited salaryman and encouraging him to take his children to look for it in the show. Both of us laughing hysterically when the train was gone.

Zbigniew always seemed utterly without fear. His final gesture, traveling for hours in a canoe into the Amazon jungle directly after flights from Europe lasting nearly 24 hours, to be treated by a Shipbo shaman is perfectly in keeping with everything else he did. All the way, no compromise. His final wish, if the treatment failed, was to be left in the jungle to be eaten. No ceremony, no grave. If it succeeded as he hoped, he said he would bring back stories of the adventure. Somehow, I still expect to hear them.

A Karkowsky concert often meant that we would see smoke rising from the burning speakers of the overdriven PA, fumes clearing the room. As much as he seemed to enjoy it when that happened, frankly I doubt that this was ever done for effect: he simply demanded that his music be heard with the power that he intended, that he himself heard. During a residency, one of several, at The Compound in San Francisco, director Naut Humon proudly remembered that Zbigniew played lower frequencies at volumes so high that they shattered the toilet bowl. Musicians who worked with him often spoke of him with unabashed admiration, said they looked forward to a chance to do it again.

Yes, Zbigniew was often cruel when drunk, plenty of those stories to go around. So far, I have yet to meet anyone who isn't. Alcohol is a seductive, motherless bitch to anyone who lets her have her way. She slams doors of friendship shut and, under her influence, Zbigniew slammed a few more than his share.

When Zbigniew moved to Tokyo, he was fortunate enough to meet Atsuko (I never did hear her last name), who stayed together with him for fifteen years, travelled to Greece to spend a last several days together, saw him off in Paris for the flight to Peru. If she and I never meet, here I send her a huge, heartfelt Thank You.

So today, and many more days like it, will be spent thinking of that laugh, that love of entertaining friends, that cavalier and uncompromising sense of daring. One of the first phrases in Japanese that Zbigniew said he learned was 'Omanko wa oishii' -- 'Cunt is delicious'. Here, too, he was absolutely right."

(John Duncan, 13.12.2013.)

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