The Disorientalists is a band that puts the life of the German writer Essad Bey in the center of its narrative songs. This name is hardly known nowadays but was big in Berlin in the thirties.
Lev Nussimbaum grew up in a Jewish family in Azerbaijan in 1905. Converted to Islam 17 years later in Berlin, he took the name Essad Bey and wrote several bestsellers in the pre-war period. His mother was a friend of Stalin, and his father – an oil industrialist. Essay Bey staged himself as a Persian prince, denied his Jewish origin, and wanted to write
the first official biography of Mussolini. This weird but true story is performed by Yuriy Gurzhy (RotFront), Daniel Kahn (Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird), and Marina Frenk (Kapelsky & Marina) aka The Disorientalists in their songs. Cabaret, klezmer, oriental swing, ragtime, and reggae are part of their production, which premiered in Studio Я of the Gorki Theater 4 years ago. Oriente released the first album of the Berlin trio in January 2017.
Yuriy Gurzhy – guitar, bass, vocals
Daniel Kahn – accordion, vocals, acoustic guitar, baglama, piano, ukulele
Marina Frenk – piano, vocals, acoustic guitar
VVK (pre-sales) 18€ / AK (doors) 25€
The Disorientalists: www.facebook.com/RadioEssadBey/
Audio samples: soundcloud.com/yuriy-gurzhy/sets/disorientalists-who-was-essad/s-jMxbG
Production of Studio Я / GORKI Theater Berlin