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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Zbigniew Karkowski Discography Tracks


NJL015 Zbigniew Karkowski - Noisejihad Live! 12/10/2006 album art Zbigniew Karkowski / Danny Kreutzfeldt Zbigniew Karkowski / Danny Kreutzfeldt - Noisejihad Live! 12/10/2006(2xFile, MP3) Noisejihad Live NJL015 Denmark 2006
RSE 004 Zbigniew Karkowski - Elasticity Of Time album art Zbigniew Karkowski Elasticity Of Time(CD, Ltd) Raw Special Effects RSE 004 US 2007 Sell This Version
afro 2040 Zbigniew Karkowski - Divide By Zero album art Antimatter / Zbigniew Karkowski Antimatter / Zbigniew Karkowski - Divide By Zero(CD) Antifrost afro 2040 Greece 2007 Sell This Version
ASP 3003 Zbigniew Karkowski - Continuity album art Zbigniew Karkowski / Atsuko Nojiri Zbigniew Karkowski / Atsuko Nojiri - Continuity(DVD + CD) Asphodel ASP 3003 US 2007 Sell This Version
PACrec131, TRO-263 Zbigniew Karkowski - Penetration album art Zbigniew Karkowski, Torturing Nurse, Dickson Dee Zbigniew Karkowski, Torturing Nurse, Dickson Dee - Penetration(CD, Album, Ltd) PACrec, Troniks PACrec131, TRO-263 US 2007 Sell This Version
Zbigniew Karkowski - Unleash album art Zbigniew Karkowski & Daniel Menche Zbigniew Karkowski & Daniel Menche - Unleash (Album) Alien8 Recordings US 2008 Sell This Version
SR282 Zbigniew Karkowski - World As Will III album art Karkowski*Furudate*Zeitkratzer Karkowski*Furudate*Zeitkratzer - World As Will III(CD, Album) Sub Rosa SR282 Belgium 2008 Sell This Version
EMD/007 Zbigniew Karkowski - Switch album art Zbigniew Karkowski & Lin Zhiying Zbigniew Karkowski & Lin Zhiying - Switch(CD, Album) emd.pl/records EMD/007 Poland 2008 Sell This Version
BN035CD Zbigniew Karkowski - 9 Before 9 album art Zbigniew Karkowski & Damion Romero Zbigniew Karkowski & Damion Romero - 9 Before 9(CD, Album) Blossoming Noise BN035CD US 2008 Sell This Version
none Zbigniew Karkowski - Form & Disposition album art Zbigniew Karkowski Form & Disposition(CD, Album) Van Dieren Éditeur none Switzerland 2008 Sell This Version
ytterbium 013 Zbigniew Karkowski - Bisskraft album art Helmut Schäfer + Zbigniew Karkowski Helmut Schäfer + Zbigniew Karkowski - Bisskraft(CD, Album) Ytterbium ytterbium 013 France 2010 Sell This Version
1006 Zbigniew Karkowski - Infallibilism album art Zbigniew Karkowski / Kelly Churko Zbigniew Karkowski / Kelly Churko - Infallibilism(CD, Album) Herbal International 1006 Malaysia 2010 Sell This Version
Zbigniew Karkowski - Argosh album art Zbigniew Karkowski / Julien Ottavi Zbigniew Karkowski / Julien Ottavi - Argosh (Album) Uzusounds France 2011 Sell This Version
2.3 ohm Zbigniew Karkowski - World As Will IV album art Zbigniew Karkowski & Tetsuo Furudate Zbigniew Karkowski & Tetsuo Furudate - World As Will IV(CD, Album, Ltd) [OHM] Records 2.3 ohm Norway 2011 Sell This Version
SR331 Zbigniew Karkowski - Nerve Cell_0 (For Cello And Computer) album art Zbigniew Karkowski - Anton Lukoszevieze Zbigniew Karkowski - Anton Lukoszevieze - Nerve Cell_0 (For Cello And Computer)(CD, Album) Sub Rosa SR331 Belgium 2012 Sell This Version
SR360 Zbigniew Karkowski - Processor album art Xopher Davidson + Zbigniew Karkowski Xopher Davidson + Zbigniew Karkowski - Processor(CD, Album, Ltd) Sub Rosa SR360 Belgium 2013 Sell This Version
mono057 Zbigniew Karkowski - Horology album art Lars Åkerlund / Jean-Louis Huhta / Zbigniew Karkowski Lars Åkerlund / Jean-Louis Huhta / Zbigniew Karkowski - Horology(CD, Album) Monotype Records mono057 Poland 2013 Sell This Version
Zbigniew Karkowski - Live In Lyon album art Zbigniew Karkowski Live In Lyon (Album) [walnut + locust] Canada 2014
fibrr015 Zbigniew Karkowski - Unreleased Materials album art Zbigniew Karkowski Unreleased Materials(CD, Album, Ltd) Fibrr Records fibrr015 France 2014 Sell This Version
LH53 Zbigniew Karkowski - World As Will Live In Sao Paulo album art Zbigniew Karkowski, Tetsuo Furudate Zbigniew Karkowski, Tetsuo Furudate - World As Will Live In Sao Paulo(2xCDr, Album, Ltd) menstrualrecordings LH53 Italy 2014 Sell This Version
mono064 Zbigniew Karkowski - The Difficulty Of Being album art Zbigniew Karkowski / Brian O'Reilly Zbigniew Karkowski / Brian O'Reilly - The Difficulty Of Being(CD, Album) Monotype Records mono064 Poland 2014 Sell This Version
SR402 Zbigniew Karkowski - A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush (The Last Recordings, Sweden, November 2013) album art Zbigniew Karkowski, Jean-Louis Huhta, Lars Åkerlund Zbigniew Karkowski, Jean-Louis Huhta, Lars Åkerlund - A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush (The Last Recordings, Sweden, November 2013)(2xCD, Ltd) Sub Rosa SR402 Belgium 2016 Sell This Version
FYLP 1037 Zbigniew Karkowski - Aware Not Aware/Radio Enemy album art Lars Åkerlund, Zbigniew Karkowski Lars Åkerlund, Zbigniew Karkowski - Aware Not Aware/Radio Enemy(LP, Album) Fylkingen Records FYLP 1037 Sweden 2016 Sell This Version
EM016 Zbigniew Karkowski - The Last Man in Europe album art Zbigniew Karkowski The Last Man in Europe(LP, Album) Erratum EM016 France 2017 Sell This Version
LH95 Zbigniew Karkowski - World As Will album art Zbigniew Karkowski, Tetsuo Furudate Zbigniew Karkowski, Tetsuo Furudate - World As Will(CD, Album, Ltd) menstrualrecordings LH95 Italy 2017 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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