Andrea Fultz

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Born: September 17, 1974    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

A n d r e a F u l t z & t h e G e r m a n P r o j e k t

Jazz is an infinitely malleable art form, and Andrea Fultz may be the first vocalist to stretch the music in such a convincingly Teutonic direction. A singer who combines a thespian’s emotional resourcefulness with a jazz vocalist’s rhythmic flexibility, Fultz can infuse fresh drama to American Songbook standards, croon lilting bossa novas, and keep a dance floor gyrating with insinuating electronica grooves. But the Munich-born Fultz defines herself with The German Projekt, a tough, unsentimental new album that plunges jazz into deliciously dangerous waters....
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Music critic Andrew Gilbert writes in The Eastbay Monthly (November 2008):

”German Jazz

Andrea Fultz is the child of two cultures, and her music fully embraces both. Raised in Germany and Austria by her American father and German mother, she has spent a good deal of the last decade in the Bay Area, where she’s developed strong ties to some of the finest musicians in the region. A brilliantly expressive singer steeped in jazz, Fultz has honed a repertoire of tunes gleamed from 1920s to 1940s German theater and cabaret by songwriters such as Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht and Friedrich Hollaender, who had a highly successful career as a Hollywood composer particularly writing for Marlene Dietrich, after fleeing the Nazis.

She presents her “German Projekt” accompanied by a supremely versatile cast of players, including ace pianist Adam Shulman, violinist Dina Maccabee, bassist Eugene Warren, drummer Micha Patri and Rob Reich on accordion. Many of the “German Projekt” songs were introduced by performers such as Lotte Lenya and Marlene Dietrich (both staunch anti-Nazis who fled Germany ).

Andrea Fultz has taken several interesting routes while deepening her musical approach. In the early ‘90s, while gigging around Munich she earned a master’s degree in speech sciences and special education from the Ludwig-Maximilian-University, focusing on the similarities between speaking and singing. After graduating, she moved to Graz , Austria where she studied voice at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz in a program run by the great jazz singer Mark Murphy. A regular presence in the Bay Area since the mid-‘90s, she has performed widely at clubs and jazz festivals around the region.

While several of Kurt Weill’s songs are deeply entrenched in the American Song books, Fultz is a leading force in turning these German standards into effective jazz vehicles.”

The German Projekt play German songs in new arrangements written by Brecht, Weill, Dessau, Hollaender and songs from the 20's and 30's that were made famous by Lotte Lenya and Marlene Dietrich. The songs in the repertoire include "Surabaya-Johnny", "Seeraeuber-Jenny", "Maecki Messer", "Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt", "Alabama Song" and many more! The band members are among the best jazz musicians of the bay area: the fabulous Adam Shulman (piano), Eugene Warren (bass), Rob Reich (acc), Dina Maccabee (viol) and Micha Patri (dr). New arrangements by Rob Reich. German vocalist Andrea Fultz sings most of the songs in her mother tongue. The project is dedicated to her late grandfather who was an outstanding human being.

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