KRK, founded in 2005 by George Cremaschi and Matthew Ostrowski, has devoted itself to a muscular integration of electronic and acoustic soundworlds, drawing on their more than 40 years of combined experience working in a variety of genres.Their concise, spontaneous compositions unite formal tautness with a fierce yet controlled energy, melding real-time musique concrete with virtuosic extended technique to open up undiscovered spaces in electro-acoustic performance. Building on their experience, with more than 60 concerts in over a dozen countries to their credit, KRK continues to innovate and redefine contemporary improvisational practice.
A New York City native, MATTHEW OSTROWSKI has been working with electronics since the early 1980s, working in improvised music, music theater, and audio installations, with a continuing interest in density of microevents, rapid change, and using technology to stretch the bounds of perception and experience. He has also worked extensively as an improvisor, having played with such luminaries as Anthony Coleman, Andrea Parkins, Nicolas Collins, John Butcher, o.blaat, Paul Lovens, Ikue Mori, Anne Wellmer, David Linton, Charles Cohen, Alfred Zimmerlin, and a host of others. His work appears on over a dozen recordings. His work has been seen on four continents, including the Wien Modern Festival, the Kraków Audio Art Festival, Sonic Acts in Amsterdam, PS 1 and The Kitchen in New York, the Melbourne Festival, and Unyazi, the first festival of electronic music on the African continent. He has received a NYFA Fellowship for Computer Arts, awards from the Media Alliance, Arts International, and many others, and was a nominee for the prestigious Alpert Award in 2006.
GEORGE CREMASCHI was born in New York City, and studied music and composition there. He has played with, and composed for, dancers, rock bands, installation artists, improvisers, poets, film, folk musicians, theater groups, orchestras, and pop divas. He has worked with a long list of fantastic artists: Greg Goodman, Saadet Türköz, Nicolas Collins, Evan Parker, Trinh T. Minh-Ha, Liz Allbee, Burkhard Stangl, Mats Gustafsson, Kai Fagaschinski, Lê Quan Ninh, Gino Robair, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Frédéric Blondy, Christof Kurzmann, dieb13, Andrea Parkins, Paul Lovens, Marshall Allen, Butch Morris, and many others. As an interpreter, he has performed works by Morton Feldman, James Tenney, John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Cornelius Cardew, Roscoe Mitchell, Christian Wolff, Wadada Leo Smith, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jon Raskin, Ana-Maria Avram, Louis Andriessen and Matthew Goodheart among many others. He has appeared on over 30 recordings on the Apestaartje, Evolving Ear, Black Saint, Leo, Beak Doctor, Emanem, Rastascan, Music & Arts, Nine Winds and 482 Music labels. He currently lives in Tábor, Czech Republic, where he is a curator and administrator at CESTA, an international arts center.