MR. WAU-WA PLAYS THE SONGS OF BERTOLT BRECHT AT LETHE LOUNGE IN NEW YORK
ABOUT MR. WAU WA
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).
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
Suggested Donation $20
The Lethe Lounge
618 w 113th street 2F/2R/3F
New York, NY 10025
#1 train to 110th st.