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“Just Kurt” at the Archiduc Café

We have two lovely events planned in September at the Archiduc café, Antoine Dansaert’s Street, Brussels.

This wonderful Art Deco bar is the perfect setting for our programme of Kurt Weill songs from the 1930s and 40s. The café was founded  in 1937 as a classy and discrete establishment and it’s interior still boasts some of the original features, such as the benches along the walls and the cast iron main door. Built on two levels, in the round, with a piano in the centre, it provides an atmosphere of quality and sophistication.


Since the early 1950s, the Archiduc has been a much sought-after venue for intimate jazz concerts. The current owners,  Jean-Louis and Nathalie Hennart, run an impressive events calendar.

Our programme is on Monday September 9th, 2013 at 21:00 and Sunday September 22nd, 2013 at 17:00. Do come and discover these vintage cabaret songs in their perfect venue.


  1. wrote:

    you were FABULOUS LAST NIGHT!!!!!!!!
    Thank you so much for an amazing performance!
    The drunk in the front row just added the colour that would have been there in the bars in Berlin in the 30’s anyway, or all around broadway! You were so professional (of course!)
    But really great Penny, your improv, and also your intereptation of her accent as she sang to Johnny, really authentic! well just everything, it all came through perfectly, what you were feeling and how you were musically interpreting, bravo, really! and thank you!!!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 10:35 am | Permalink
  2. wrote:

    Thanks for a wonderful spine-chilling performance of ‘Just Kurt’ at the Archiduc yesterday/Monday evening. A real European treat – in German, French and English – mixing chanson, Broadway and subversive Kabarett in a suitable 30s/40s café setting (including noisy drunk gentleman lout). Bis!

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Permalink
  3. wrote:

    One complaint about the show: too short! There are so many great Kurt Weill tunes worth singing… (but his French songs were a revelation to me). For inspiration, here’s my favourite version of Pirate Jenny, by Nina Simone:

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Permalink
  4. wrote:

    Ha! Good comment, Diederik. I love Nina Simone’s version of Pirate Jenny. But of course, I had to leave a few numbers for the next programme…

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 10:13 am | Permalink

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