Zbigniew Karkowski

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Born 1958 in Krakow. Noise/experimental musician, composer. 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 works 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 is a founding member of the electroacoustic music performance trio Sensorband. Zbigniew has lived and worked in Tokyo, Japan for the past eight years, and is active in the underground noise scene there. Karkowski is currently on a residency at UC Santa Barbara in California.

Associated acts: Cosmic Trigger, Le Dépeupleur, MAZK, Pop (Product Of Power), Sensorband, Senssurround Orchestra, UBSB.

  • Zbigniew Karkowski, Physiques sonores (Paris, Van Dieren, 2008)