Postdoctoral Fellow, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Harald Kisiedu is a historical musicologist who completed his Ph.D. at Columbia University, where he worked under the supervision of George E. Lewis. His research interests include jazz as a global phenomenon, music of the African diaspora, black experimentalism, European post-war avant-garde, the intersection between music and politics, improvisation, transnationalism, and Wagner. He has written on Peter Brötzmann, Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, Muhal Richard Abrams, jazz and popular music in Terezín, and the political reception of Wagner’s Meistersinger von Nürnberg in the National Socialist Regime. He also holds graduate degrees in political science and German studies from the University of Hamburg. Kisiedu is a saxophonist who has performed with Champion Jack Dupree, Hannibal Lokumbe, Branford Marsalis, George Lewis, and Henry Grimes. He has recorded with the musical collective Burnt Sugar The Arkestra. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow with the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he is completing a book project on jazz experimentalism in Germany between 1950 and 1975.