Photo: © ZBIGNIEW KARKOWSKI
EDWIN VAN DER HEIDE & NAUT HUMON
ELECTRONIC COMPOSER ZBIGNIEW KARKOWSKI
Performance and Lecture, in English
Especially for CYNETART Edwin van der Heide and Naut Humon have developed a 50 minute recombination of Zbigniew’s diverse body of work.
ZBIGNIEW KARKOWSKI (*1958 - 2013) was a Polish-Swedish experimental musician and composer born in Krakow, Poland. He was active in contemporary music, industrial music, noise music and experimental performance and pop music. Since 1996 Zbigniew was living in Tokyo. He has (and his work has been) performed throughout Europe, North America, Australia, and Japan.
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 The Hague, Netherlands. Furthermore he attended composition master classes arranged by Centre Acanthes in Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, France, studying with amongst others Iannis Xenakis, Olivier Messiaen, Pierre Boulez and Georges Aperghis. He worked actively as a composer of both acoustic and electroacoustic music. He wrote 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, Switzerland and Germany. He had a distinct interest in the power of rituals and the creation of metaphysical experiences. His music broke down the barriers between noise, avant-garde, electronics and classical music. His pieces were often loud and powerful.
Karkowski travelled and moved a lot and lived in Tokyo from 1996 until his death. He got fascinated by Japanese culture and was in an active dialog with the underground noise scene. In October 2013 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Because European doctors weren’t able to give him any hope on recovery he travelled to Peru to seek treatment from a shaman. He died in December, only days after arriving in Peru.
Together with Edwin van der Heide and Atau Tanaka, Zbigniew Karkowski was founding member of the electroacoustic music performance trio Sensorband. Their group dynamic, brought a visceral physical element to interactive technology.
Zbigniew initiated collaborations with Tetsuo Furudate, Helmut Schaeffer, Keiji Haino, Blixa Bargeld, Ulf Bilting, MAZK (with Merzbow), POP (with Peter Rehberg) and Sensurround Orchestra - with a.o. Merzbow, CCCC, KK Null, Furudate, Aube, Sensorband and Dror Feiler.
NAUT HUMON is the adopted name of Mark Sprague. He is known as a founding member of the experimental music ensemble Rhythm & Noise, who released two albums through Ralph Records. Humon has also worked with avant-garde vocalist and composer Diamanda Galás, providing samples for her album You Must Be Certain of the Devil, as well as percussionist Z’EV. He serves on the Digital Musics jury of the Ars Electronica festival in Linz, Austria every year and is the founder of Recombinant Media Labs and was head of A&R for Asphodel Records, both based in San Francisco. He is featured in the 2001 documentary film Scratch. In 2012 he was the artistic director behind the CineChamber an art installation put on at MUTEK.