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Kihlstedt / Bossi / Ismaily: Causing A Tiger (Les Disques Victo)

The trio of violinist/vocalist Carla Kihlstedt, bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Matthias Bossi explore the language of memory and dreams through songs, improvisation, and field recordings.

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UPC: 777405011824

Label: Les Disques Victo
Catalog ID: CD 118
Squidco Product Code: 12940

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
The field recordings were gathered by Carla on various tours between 2007 and 2009. The studio part of this recorded in June 2008, and mixed in May, 2009 by Scott Solter, assisted by Laura Dean at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco, CA. Except for track 7, which was recorded by Matthias Bossi at 666 Sycamore, and mixed with the help of Myles Boisen. Fields recordings are from Amstelveen, Netherlands; Boulogne-Sur-Mer, France; Crnomelj, Slovenia; Dudingen, Switzerland; Udine, Rome & Venice, Italy; Warsaw, Polan; House on the Rock, Spring Green, WI; Oakland, CA; Valley View Casino, Valley Center, CA.


Carla Kihlstedt-charango, violins, voice, spoken word

Matthias Bossi-piano, prepared piano, drums, surdo, scientifically tuned melodee bells, saw blade gamelan, russian jingle dolls, melodica, voice

Shahzad Ismaily-moog source, cruma orchestrator, electric guitar, armenian double flute, pump organ, voice

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track listing:

1. No Funeral At All 1:54

2. Three Suitcases 3:09

3. A Swish of Nylon 7:10

4. In a Hotel Room 1:14

5. Listen With My Feet 5:05

6. Bicycle Brigade 2:13

7. Sixsixsixamore 2:45

8. Dogs of Warszawa 0:53

9. A Goose is a Goose 2:08

10. Hills Made of Wool 4:23

11. Spells and Incantations 2:05

12. Li-Lu-La 6:57

13. Still No Funeral At All 2:01
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"Violinist/Vocalist Carla Kihlstedt (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, 2 Foot Yard, Tin Hat, Cosa Brava) Bassist/Guitarist Shahzad Ismaily (Ceramic Dog, Secret Chiefs 3, 2 Foot Yard) and Drummer/Storyteller Matthias Bossi (Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Cosa Brava, The Book Of Knots) come together to form Causing A Tiger. The trio explores the language of memory and dreams through songs, improvisation, and field recordings. Marcel Duchamp meets Einstürzende Neubauten meets Nina Simone... in a public bath-house... on the moon."-Victo

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Artist Biographies:

"Matthias Bossi, voice, percussion, and keyboards (Dennis, MA), has played drums in Skeleton Key, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Fred Frith's Cosa Brava, and The Book of Knots, and made records with John Vanderslice, St. Vincent, Pretty Lights and The Tiger Lillies. His video game production company with bassist/engineer Jon Evans, Ridiculon, has written soundtracks for the video game "The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth" and soon to be released "The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth" "Super Meat Boy: 5th Anniversary" and "Super Meat Boy: Forever."

As an actor, Matthias has worked with the Shotgun Players, Pickle Family Circus, and action theatre pioneers Erika Shuch and Joe Goode. His current voiceover work can be heard on the sensational "Little Baby's Ice Cream" commercials, and also on a guided tour of Golden Gate Park produced by the SF-based audio walk company, Detour.

In February 2012, Matthias founded Rabbit Rabbit with his wife Carla Khilstedt. Rabbit Rabbit released their debut album, Rabbit Rabbit Radio - Vol. 1 in 2013. The band revolves around a song-a-month subscription website called Rabbit Rabbit Radio."

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