Devised by Peter Brathwaite, Entartete Musik | Degenerate Music is a critical song-based reconstruction of the infamous Düsseldorf exhibition of 1938, intended by the Nazi government to alert the German public to "inferior and ultimately dangerous" forms of music, particularly jazz and Jewish music. The concert will feature the songs of Kurt Weill, who fled Germany in 1933 for Paris, London and then America, and agitprop and other music by Hanns Eisler, who was exiled twice; from Germany through being Jewish and from the US through being a communist.
The performance includes spoken text from the Entartete Musik exhibition brochure and excerpts from the Nazi-sponsored Lexikon der Juden in der Musik (Encyclopedia of Jews in Music), with video projections designed by James Symonds.
Peter Brathwaite - Baritone & Nigel Foster - Pianist
James Symonds - Projection designer
Original concept by Peter Brathwaite.