Favorite Concerts ยป Peter Kowald

  • david

    david st. pete

    As we finish our 13th season presenting adventurous music, I'm thinking that I should have kept a journal of past concerts. Perhaps I'll just share impressions, images and bits of conversation with some of our artists. These are the memories maintained over time anyway. [IMG]http://www.diapazon.pl/osoby/k/kowald_peter_monk2.jpg[/IMG] I'll start with a somewhat sad memory about Peter Kowald. He performed on the EMIT series at the Gulf Coast Museum of Fine Art on March 3, 2000. Peter gave a fantastic solo concert and joined with local artists on a few selections. A master improvisor, Peter could make sounds on the bass that no one else could. If you don't know his work, check out this website: http://www.avantart.com/music/kowald/kowaldbio.html There was a tremendous sense of drama in his performance that evening. Perhaps it was just the improbable sight of a giant man wrestling with double bass. In the audience, even those that were not fans of improvised music seemed mesmorized by Peter. After the concert Peter, some local players (including me) and the director of the museum went to a beach seafood restaurant where we all drank too much. The next morning Peter bragged about the station wagon that he bought in the US, just for this concert tour. With over 100,000 miles on it, I heard that it broke down on his trip somwhere in North Carolina. A couple years later (9/21/02), Peter played a wonderful concert in Brooklyn on another US tour. Afterwards, at the home of William Parker, he died suddenly at the age of 58. The image of him waving and driving away in his station wagon stays with me. He was a gentle giant and great musician. One selection from his concert on the EMIT is included in our compilation CD, Visions. [URL=http://www.avantart.com/music/kowald/kowaldbio.html]Peter Kowald[/URL]

    As we finish our 13th season presenting adventurous music, I'm thinking that I should have kept a journal of past concerts. Perhaps I'll just share impressions, images and bits of conversation with some of our artists. These are the memories maintained over time anyway.

    I'll start with a somewhat sad memory about Peter Kowald. He performed on the EMIT series at the Gulf Coast Museum of Fine Art on March 3, 2000.

    Peter gave a fantastic solo concert and joined with local artists on a few selections. A master improvisor, Peter could make sounds on the bass that no one else could. If you don't know his work, check out this website: http://www.avantart.com/music/kowald/kowaldbio.html

    There was a tremendous sense of drama in his performance that evening. Perhaps it was just the improbable sight of a giant man wrestling with double bass. In the audience, even those that were not fans of improvised music seemed mesmorized by Peter.

    After the concert Peter, some local players (including me) and the director of the museum went to a beach seafood restaurant where we all drank too much. The next morning Peter bragged about the station wagon that he bought in the US, just for this concert tour. With over 100,000 miles on it, I heard that it broke down on his trip somwhere in North Carolina.

    A couple years later (9/21/02), Peter played a wonderful concert in Brooklyn on another US tour. Afterwards, at the home of William Parker, he died suddenly at the age of 58.

    The image of him waving and driving away in his station wagon stays with me. He was a gentle giant and great musician. One selection from his concert on the EMIT is included in our compilation CD, Visions.
    Peter Kowald

  • Jeff

    Jeff Clearwater

    I was there! That was a great concert. We will miss Peter.

    I was there! That was a great concert. We will miss Peter.

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