Welcome to the academic homepage of Dr. Wolf-Georg Zaddach!
This pages shall give you a brief overview about my academic work. Feel free to contact me via wolf-georg.zaddach [at] t-online.de
If you’re interested in my work as a musician and composer, please see my musician’s page here!
[ Nov 2021]
Happy to announce that a transcript of a roundtable discussion on music, climate change and sustainability is available now as open access (in German).
My latest article on artistic research and popular music in German is out now as open access!
I’m happy to announce that I took over the Course Leadership for the new MA program „Popular Music and Practice“ at BIMM Berlin. I also lead the modules on „Practice & Research“ leading into the „Major Project“
I started a new temporary post-doc position at the Institute of Art, Music and Dissemination at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. Besides teaching and supporting Prof. Dr. Michael Ahlers I will work mainly on Artistic Research in Jazz and Popular Music.
I did two interviews about music culture and sustainability / climate crisis, one for the journalist Dominik Schrader (you can find the German article here), and one for the German radio station MDR Kultur.
I’m happy to announce that I’ll be part of an expert group for a special isssue of the journal Popular Music History on „Narrating Popular Music History of the GDR“.
I’ll be presenting about climate crisis and popular music at the 4th IASPM D-A-CH Conference @ Paderborn University, 11. – 13. March 2021, online
I got an „innovation grant“ from the Faculty of Musicology, Music pedagogy and Music Theory at the University of Music for a lecturer series on digital music cultures: „‚Sounding Future – Future (Is) Sound‘: Digitale Transformation der Musikkultur. Aktuelle Debatten und Perspektiven“
The event of the Goethe Institute Caracas, Venzuela, originally planned for April 2020, can finally happen as part of the Metal en Casa-Program: 45min lecture about heavy metal in Germany followed by a Q&A as an online event.
I took part at the annual conference of the Gesellschaft für Popularmusikforschung and presented about Artistic Research and its potentials for popular music studies.
I was invited to a round table discussion and presentation about heavy metal in the GDR by the Stiftung Ettersberg at the memorial Andreassstraße in Erfurt Germany, a former Stasi prison, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MemxiniQ_A
The German TV television MDR took the chance to interview me briefly and created an interesting short documentary: https://www.ardmediathek.de/mdr/video/mdr-thueringen-journal/zeitreise-in-die-heavy-metal-szene-der-ddr/mdr-thueringen/Y3JpZDovL21kci5kZS9iZWl0cmFnL2Ntcy80YjFlZWUwZi1kNzkyLTQxY2UtYTFkOC1iNjQwOWM3ZDMyNGM/
The Germanbroadcasting MDR interviewed me about heavy metal in the GDR. In 2019, I gave several interviews to share my research with the public, for a full list see here.
The Goethe-Institut Caracas, Venezuela invited me to a lecture and workshop about heavy metal in Germany and heavy metal as academic topic for April 25/26. UPDATE: The event had been canceled due to the Corona-Pandemic.
I will visit Vienna for the „1st International Artistic Research in Jazz“ Symposium and talk about research issues and propose a collaborative approach. Here, we officially founded the international Artistic Jazz Research Network with colleagues from Norway, Serbia, Austria, Australia, USA, among others.
I wrote an article about current issues in music industry: change of reception, working conditions of musicians and future challenges. It is published in the Journal of Cultural Management 2019/1.
Past month, I presented at the International Metal Studies conference in France. At the end of month I will publish an essay on Music economy and an article about heavy metal in the GDR.
New Publication! Following our conference on Jazz Research we compiled a book, with an introduction by Martin Pfleiderer and me and a chapter about practice-based research!
Jazzforschung heute. Themen, Methoden, Perspektiven, Berlin: Edition EMVAS 2019, mit Martin Pfleiderer.
Martin Pfleiderer und Wolf-Georg Zaddach: Jazzforschung heute. Eine Einführung | 7-17
Wolf-Georg Zaddach: »Groove is the essence of my music«. Wayne Krantz‘ guitar playing from a practice-based perspective | 133-146
2-pages-Interview about my research @RockHard magazine, 3/2019!
Radio interview about my book at Deutschlandfunk
New Publication: Heavy Metal in der DDR, coming out September 2018!
New conference and workshop appearances in 2018: Siegen @ Hard Wired 6, for a 3Sat-report see here, Stendal about youth cultures in the GDR, Berlin/Macromedia about Music Business Studies.
New book about jazz analysis and theory as Co-Editor. I provided chapters analyzing solos by Michael Brecker, Chris Potter, and Branford Marsalis! The book is available as open-access publication / free download.
I got an invitation to present at the „Popular music in communist and post-communist Europe: state of research, perspectives“ at the Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic, March 28th – 29th. I’m really happy about that and looking forward to present about my research on metal in the GDR.
Here’s an interview about my research on metal in the GDR (in German), by the newspaper Ostthüringer Zeitung. I did that a while ago and just found online. Many thanks to !
Autumn is going to be busy again! Three guest lectures (Hochschule für Musik Weimar, University of Southern Denmark Odense, Stiftung Ettersberg) and two conferences (Surrey/UK and Hamburg) – See below!
I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be providing a chapter about „Heavy metal in Germany“ for the upcoming Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, vol. VIII-XIII, edited by John Sheperd and David Horn.
This year is going to be interesting. Besides finishing my Ph.D. in late summer /early autumn, I’m going to present at a lot of interesting conferences this year, check the presentation section below!
New publications, among them two international and double-blind-peer-reviewed, are going to be released this year, check the publication section!
Honored to be consultant and guest lecturer for an international music business week by the Initiative Musik and the National Department of Foreign Affairs (Auswärtige Amt)
I recently provided some expertise for an article about the concept and image of rockbands, which you can find here (in German!)
Here you can read an interview with me about protest music (in German!): Akruetzel_Zaddach