German free-jazz bassist Peter Kowald died Saturday, Sept. 21 in New York City, his adopted home. Kowald died of a heart attack at the home of fellow bassist William Parker after playing a concert. He was 58.
From an e-mail sent out on behalf of dancer Patricia Parker, wife of bassist William Parker, “Peter died of a heart attack at the home of Patricia and William Parker after playing a concert in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at B.T.M. with Masahiko Kono, Tatsuya Nakatani and Kazuhisa Uchihashi. He asked to be taken to my house and was about to take him to the hospital when he had the attack and died. Emergency workers tried to save him working intensely for 45 minutes.”