The Disorientalists: Who Was Essad Bey? at Roter Salon, Volksbühne, 12th March 2017

March 10, 2017

“Well, who was Essad Bey?
It’s important to say
That he was born on a train somewhere in Ukraine
He grew up in Baku
He’s a Russian, a Jew
But was this who was Essad Bey?
He lived in Berlin
To Allah he prayed
He once wrote a book called ‘Allah is great’
A poser, a fascist
In his his very own way but was this who was Essad Bey?”

The Disorientalists are Yuriy Gurzhy (RotFront), Daniel Kahn (Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird) and Marina Frenk (Marina & Kapelsky). The three Berliners-by-choice joined forces to write and perform a musical based on the life of Essad Bey a.k.a. Kurban Said a.k.a. Lev Nussimbaum. “Who Was Essad Bey?” is a biographical revue produced by and played in the Studio Я of Gorki Theater Berlin. It was released on the Berlin label “Oriente” in January 2017.

Who Was Essad Bey? @Roter Salon/ Volksbühne
Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, 10178 Berlin
U-Bahn: Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
Doors at 7pm, starts at 8pm
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* Photo by Oleg Farynyuk, Slow Photography Berlin

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