Welcome to the Weill Project blog.
The Weill Project is dedicated to the work of the German (later American) composer
Kurt Weill. Our primary focus is to create and perform original arrangements of Weill's songs,
about 15 of which will be publicly premiered in February 2022.
The Project also includes critical and historical study of Weill's work and of "Weill-adjacent" work.
We expect our tours to include both concerts and lecture/demonstrations.
Plans also include visual art related to or inspired by Weill and his songs.
We plan to post new content to the Weill Project Blog at least twice a month, maybe more.
This blog will focus on:
- Progress of the Weill Project
- Upcoming events and performances
- Miscellaneous content about Kurt Weill
- "Weill-adjacent content"
- Other news about the participants in the Weill Project
That last is pretty elastic: we each have a rather broad set of interests:
- Project founder Joe Mabel (Seattle) is a vocalist/guitarist/arranger, and is also our webmaster
with 40 years experience in the software industry, a writer (both a songwriter and a major contributor and admin
at the English-languqage Wikipedia), a visual artist, and an award-winning photographer
(major contributor and admin at Wikimedia Commons; honored by DoCoMoMo WeWa for his photographic
documentation of Mid-Century Modern architecture in the Pacific Northwest).
- Juliana Brandon (Seattle) is an operatic soprano, and is also a visual artist
(you can view and purchase her art at http://birdsforbrains.com 🔗), author (Winter from Above: Meditations on Winterreise with Franz Schubert, her "dark, sexy musical fairy tale"),
and the founder of Paper Puppet Opera 🔗, which combines vocal performance
(hers and others) with shadow puppetry (her puppets, sometimes supplemened by more puppeteers). She was also a member of the late
lamented Operadisiac, a perfomrming group that combined opera and burlesque.
- Yvette Endrijautzki (Wuppertal), probably best known as a sculptor,
is involved in the Weill Project mainly as a visual artist, but is also a gallerist (most notably,
she founded Nautilus Studio 🔗
in Seattle in 2009 and moved it to her native Wupppertal in 2017), singer, fire performer,
dancer and acrobat (she competed on the German junior national team in Rhythmic Sport Gymnastics, 1986),
prop designer, etc., etc., etc. She is also the designer of the Farrago Spiritum Tarot 🔗,
based on the body of acquired knowledge of American astrologer Raven Bella Zingaro.
And then there's politics. So while Kurt Weill and the Weill Project will be the main focus of this blog, don't be too surprised if it
occasionally gets a bit far afield.