Past Event

Comparing Domains of Improvisation: Harald Kisiedu

January 29, 2021
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Event Description:

Dr. Harald Kisiedu joins Comparing Domains of Improvisation for a presentation and discussion on his work on the history of Afro-diasporic musical improvisation practices and their liquidity. 

Harald Kisiedu is a music historian and a lecturer at the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences’ Institute of Music. His research interests include jazz as a global phenomenon, Afro-diasporic classical and experimental music, improvisation, and Wagner. He has written on Peter Brötzmann, Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, jazz and popular music in the Terezín concentration camp, and the political reception of Wagner’s Meistersinger of Nuremberg in the National Socialist Regime. Kisiedu’s latest book European Echoes is a historical and interpretive study of the movement of jazz experimentalism in West and East Germany between the years 1950 and 1975. European Echoes is available in English from Wolke Verlag. Kisiedu received his PhD from Columbia University and holds graduate degrees from the University of Hamburg. He is also a saxophonist and has performed with Branford Marsalis, George Lewis, Henry Grimes, Hannibal Lokumbe, and Champion Jack Dupree. He has recorded with the New York-based ensemble Burnt Sugar, the Arkestra Chamber.

Event Speaker:

  • Harald Kisiedu, Lecturer, Institute of Music, Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences

Event Information: 

Free and open to the public; RSVP required via Eventbrite. Registered attendees will receive an event link shortly before the seminar begins.

Please contact the group organizer, Jessie Cox ([email protected]), with any questions. This event is sponsored by Columbia University's Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program.