Peter Niklas Wilson


Photograph copyright Katinka Sternebeck.

Born in Hamburg, 1957, double bass; died 26 October 2003.

Peter Niklas Wilson studied musicology at the universities of Göttingen and Hamburg. As a double bass player, he is largely self-taught. He attended courses and workshops with John Tchicai, Barre Phillips and Fernando Grillo. He has performed wirh Derek Bailey, Marion Brown, Gene Coleman, Fred Frith, Vinko Globokar, Barry Guy, Peter Kowald, Evan Parker, Keith Rowe, John Tchicai, and others. He is a founder member of the Hamburg improvisors' collective TON ART and a member of the TON ART ENSEMBLE and the TON ART STRING QUARTET. With Rajesh Mehta and Vlatko Kucan he co-founded the True Muze label in 1998. Apart from his work as a double bass player, he is also active as a music journalist, radio producer, lecturer at the University of Hamburg and associate professor of jazz history at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater. He has published books on Albert Ayler, Anthony Braxton, Ornette Coleman, Charlie Parker and Sonny Rollins and, most recently, Hear and Now. Gedanken zur Improvisierten Musik, a book dealing with improvised music in general.

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Peter Niklas Wilson died on October 26 2003 due to a fatal fever through a recurrence of leukemia.


1991: Anthony Braxton/Peter Niklas Wilson: 8 duets (Hamburg 1991 (Music & Arts)
1991: Anthony Braxton: 2 Compositions (Hat Art)
1993, Alphea, Leo Lab CD 09. Duo with Hannes Wienert.
1996, Yarbles, HatOLOGY 510.
1996, Monsun, True Muze TUMU CD 9801. Duo with Malcolm Goldstein.
1997, 4 + 1, True Muze TUMU CD 0001. TonArt String Quartet.
1999, Brot & honig, True Muze TUMU CD 0003. TonArt Ensemble/Evan Parker.
2000, Reconfigurations, between the lines btl 010. Rajesh Mehta.

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