Mike Majkowski is an Australian double bassist and music-maker based in Berlin.
Active across a wide range of contemporary, improvised and experimental music since the early 2000s, Majkowski has developed a highly innovative playing style, extending and refining technical possibilities for the double bass. His musical work ranges from purely acoustic to electro-acoustic to electronic and explores relationships between stillness and pulse, spectral qualities of resonance, duration, and perceptions of listening. Majkowski has toured extensively throughout Australia, Europe, Ghana, New Zealand, UK, USA, Vietnam and has performed as a soloist and with various groups, at key festivals and venues such as:
Bad Bonn Kilbi (CH), The Bimhuis (NL), Café Oto (UK), Cave12 (CH), Clandestino Festival (SE), Digital in Berlin (DE), Festival de la Cité Lausanne (CH), Festival Densités (FR), Field Day (UK), Festival Météo Mulhouse (FR), Jazzhouse Copenhagen (DK), Kampnagel (DE), Le Guess Who? Festival (NL), Mona Foma (AU), Musica Sanae (IT), Nickelsdorf Konfrontationen (AT), Sacrum Profanum (PL), Sant'anna Arresi Jazz Festival (IT), Stockholm Jazz Festival (SE), Sydney Festival (AU), The Sydney Opera House (AU), Tauron New Music Festival (PL), Trio Festival Neubad (CH), Überjazz Festival (DE), Umlaut Festival (FR), Unsound (PL), Vilette Sonique (FR), World Minimal Music Festival (NL), We Jazz Festival (FI), XJAZZ Festival (Berlin DE).
His bass playing and musical work have been featured internationally on various radio programs including:
ABC Classic FM New Music Up Late (AU), ABC's Radio National (AU), Background Noise 2MBS FM (AU), Deutschlandfunk Kultur (DE), Radio Cosmo - Westdeutscher Rundfunk (DE), Radio Gdansk (PL), Radio France (FR).
Majkowski has performed and/or recorded with:
Chris Abrahams, Marshall Allen, Antonis Anissegos, Oren Ambarchi, Tom Arthurs, Robbie Avenaim, Tim Barnes, Burkhard Beins, Han Bennink, Peter Brötzmann, Tony Buck, Lucio Capece, Xavier Charles, Audrey Chen, Mike Cooper, Jim Denley, Axel Dörner, Silke Eberhard, Cor Fuhler, Satoko Fuji, Mats Gustafsson, Will Guthrie, Frank Gratkowski, Sven-Åke Johansson, Achim Kaufmann, Mazen Kerbaj, Liz Kosack, Paul Lovens, Magda Mayas, Hailu Mergia, Ava Mendoza, Bob Mintzer, Michael Moore, Seijiro Murayama, Andrea Neumann, Mike Nock, Evan Parker, Andrea Parkins, Robert Piotrowicz, Perry Robinson, Raphael Roginski, Jon Rose, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Sharif Sehnaoui, Konrad Smolenski, Konrad Sprenger, Elias Stemeseder, Natsuki Tamura, Mikolaj Trzaska, Håvard Wiik, Raed Yassin, Michael Zerang.
As an interpreter of contemporary music, he has performed and/or recorded works by:
Peter Ablinger Antoine Beuger, Cornelius Cardew, Kraig Grady, Jean Luc Guionnet, Sarah Hennies, Catherine Lamb, Phill Niblock, Anthony Pateras, Michael Pisaro, Keith Rowe, Hollis Taylor, James Tenney, Stefan Thut.
Majkowski has appeared on over 40 albums, and has produced 11 albums of solo music to date. His bass playing and compositions have been released by international labels such as Another Timbre, Astral Spirits, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Bocian, Enja, Fragments Editions, Ftarri, Instant Classic, and No Business Records.