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Mr. Wau-Wa Plays The Songs of Bertolt Brecht at Barbés in Brooklyn

  • Barbés 376 9th Street Brooklyn, NY, 11215 United States (map)

    The Mr. Wau Wa Band was formed in 1998 as part of a project at P.S 122, which was celebrating Bertolt Brecht’s centenary. The band was inspired by a photo of Brecht from the ‘20s, performing with some clowns including the famed Karl Valentin and his partner Liesl Karlstadt. Brecht is standing in a cart playing the flageolette, behind a roll-down cartoon drawing of a strong-man being run over by a car full of revellers, with the inscription “Mr. Wau Wa”.

The band is dedicated to performing the songs of Bertolt Brecht as set by his collaborators Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, and Paul Dessau, as well as some contemporary settings by David Hidalgo (from Los Lobos).

Formed with four members of Kamikaze Ground Crew, plus the internationally renowned performance artist Rinde Eckert, members of the band are:

Gina Leishman - vocals, accordion, pump-organ
Rinde Eckert - vocals, pump-organ, accordion, euphonium
Doug Wieselman - guitars, clarinet, saxophone, vocals
Marcus Rojas - tuba, bass trombone
Kenny Wollesen - drums, percussion

See more on Gina Leishman's Website
See the DISCOGRAPHY page for recordings
Listen to samples

Wednesday, October 14 at 8:00 pm
376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.)
Park Slope, Brooklyn
(347) 422-0248