Causing A Tiger is at its very core, awkward. Like the tourettic guest, or the sibling who knows too much, all is revealed, nothing is sacred.
The band never rehearses, but plays a rigorous and improvised set that sometimes sounds like a devotional meditation, other times like a travelogue written while dreaming, and still other times like it might have been ripped from the pages of the American Songbook.
For each live show, they set parameters that allow them to test the boundaries of patience, expression and logic, often evoking a puzzling sense of familiarity. The three musicians are hopelessly dedicated to each other both onstage and off. The audience can sense this bond, and regardless of the tenor of the onstage music, be it gross or delicate, subtle or squirmy, they are always willing to forgive Causing A Tiger for any and all missteps forged in the heat of sonic congress.
Carla Kihlstedt – violin, voice
Matthias Bossi – Keyboards, percussion, drums, voice
Shahzad Ismaily – bass, guitar, percussion, electronics, voice