"It takes more than just an expressive voice to really communicate Kurt Weill songs - it takes love, fear, regrets, wistfulness, loneliness, tragedy and charm. And above all, it takes a fine actor. Bremner has it all'
-Theatreworld Magazine, London, England
“a fantastic show - a perfect festival experience – outstanding singing, in a distinctive setting. It was a thrilling reworking of Weill’s material. It was seedy. It was stirring. It was utterly memorable.”
-Andrew Clover, of the Sunday Times
"When Bremner sings, his voice is like a big, dark, sultry room --full of emotive and expressive possibilities. Even when Bremner sings in languages other than English, the passion and subtext come startlingly alive."
-The Georgia Straight, Vancouver
Bremner Sings Kurt Weill, Vol 2: Moon Faced Starry Eyed
Bremner's latest recording is a return to the songs of Kurt Weill, but this time with a jazz trio, with new arrangements by Scotland's Artist of the Year, pianist David Patrick. Slow, sultry, dark and intense. Says Bremner, "I wanted to stay true to the tradition of Weill’s music, but I also wanted to go as far as possible. I wanted to take chances that would let me dive into the heart of the songs: whether those hearts were filled with love or murder".
"Bremner Duthie… pays homage to the life of Kurt Weill...with captivating performances of his songs. These are beautifully delivered with power and emotion, set to a hauntingly sparse piano accompaniment. "
Bremner Sings Kurt Weill
Bremner first recording, Bremner Sings Kurt Weill, was devoted to his own personal obsession, the extraordinary songs of Kurt Weill. Along with amazing French pianist, Stan Cramer, Bremner recorded sparse, heartfelt versions of Weill's repertoire, which moves from the streets of 1920's Berlin to the dazzling lights of Broadway.
"Any diehard theatre fan will adore this treat, which features the music of Kurt Weill and includes one of the best renditions of Mack the Knife you're likely to hear. Extraordinary. "
-The Winnipeg Sun
a kurt weill THEATRICAL cabaret
A fast-paced fusion of reality, comedy, music... and a touch of tragedy. Whiskey Bars is a strikingly original, unpredictable singer's story of attempting a final comeback, fueled by too many vodka martinis and Kurt Weill's dark and daring songwriting.
Backstage, in old dressing room of a run down cabaret theatre, just before his big comeback performance, a performer battles an invisible critic, trying every trick he knows to win a good review. There are lies, seduction, charm, anger and outright begging - and in the process he reveals more then he expects about himself and his belief and love for the music of the amazing Kurt Weill.
“a fantastic show - a perfect festival experience – outstanding singing, in a distinctive setting - with the story of the insecure performer lending subtext and dynamism to a thrilling reworking of Weill material. It was seedy. It was stirring. It was utterly memorable.”
Andrew Clover, Sunday Times (uk)
"...theatre at its very best. Bremner’s classical training and background as a many-year veteran in musicals and jazz bands is evident from the outset. ... we were left with no doubt whatsoever that we were in the presence of a true master of his craft. This show is, like the best of Weill's own works for the stage, a seamless blend of gripping entertainment and genuinely moving art."
The Edinburgh Fringe Review
"It takes more than just an expressive voice to really communicate Kurt Weill songs - it takes love, fear, regrets, wistfulness, loneliness, tragedy and charm. And above all, it takes a fine actor. Duthie has it all"
-Theatreworld Magazine, London, England
WEILL AT HEART
FROM BERLIN TO BROADWAY
A KURT WEILL CABARET/CONCERT
From Berlin to Broadway is an intimate musical cabaret, infused with Bremner’s warmth and humour, which is set to give audiences a fondness for Kurt Weill’s music and an insight into this legendary figure. Weill was a revolutionary and an angry young man, an avant-garde of the 20th century, who broke new musical and theatrical ground and has left an enormous musical legacy.
His most famous works were his Berlin cabaret and theatre collaborations with Bertolt Brecht. As the Nazis took power in Germany and Weill fled to America, he quickly linked up with writers and lyricists like Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein, Maxwell Anderson, Elmer Rice, and the literary giant of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes.
As well as bringing to the fore Weill’s musical brilliance and his passionate views on subjects such as human injustice, Bremner’s concert beautifully shares the story of Weill’s complex relationship with the love of his life, actress Lotte Lenya.