The Weill Project is dedicated to the work of the German (later American) composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950). In December 2020 we began what will be a years-long process of creating original arrangements of Weill's songs. We've also been creating visual art related to or inspired by Weill and his songs, some of which we have decided to turn into T-shirts.
Song and Art
An artist of many disciplines: classical soprano, visual artist and illustrator, shadow puppeteer. A Seattle native, she is probably best known for her surrealist opera cabaret troupe Operadisiac. Besides the Weill Project, she continues to perform both solo and with others under the name Paper Puppet Opera: performances of the latter have ranged from comedic presentations of forgotten classical operas to an emotionally stirring rendition of Franz Schubert's Winterreise, featuring four puppeteers including Juliana, plus piano and baritone.
A visionary artist and gallerist (and a singer, dancer and acrobat). She is currently based in her native Wuppertal, Germany; like Joe and Juliana, she spent many years in Seattle. Best known for sculpture, assemblages, and metalsmithed jewelry, Yvette also creates props and scenery for stage and screen. She was a member of two alternative music and performance bands Anima and Tromatism (with former members of the legendary French punk band Bérurier Noir), and is the designer of the Farrago Spiritum Tarot.
Guitar and Song
Guitarist, singer, and songwriter, as well as a photographer, visual artist, and a major contributor to the English-language Wikipedia. Originally from New York, he has lived most of his adult life in Seattle. He’s been a fan of Weill’s music as long as he can remember: “Kurt Weill's music from Threepenny Opera was in heavy rotation in my early childhood, along with Pete Seeger and Captain Kangaroo.”
Kurt Weill (1900-1950) bridged the worlds of classical and popular music, and especially musical theater. His lyricists included (among many others) Bertolt Brecht, Ira Gershwin, Ogden Nash, and Langston Hughes. His wife Lotte Lenya remains the most famous interpreter of his songs, but literally hundreds of others have performed Weill songs, including Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin, The Doors, Teresa Stratas, Anne Sofie von Otter, Todd Rundgren, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull, and Nina Hagen.