The Tiger Club - Habanera! (Official Video)




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Published on Feb 21, 2015


Here's the latest in a series of Tiger Club collage-art videos from Gary Durrett. This time, Gary takes on "Habanera" from The Tiger Club album "Mephisto Island" Habanera is an aria from the classic opera "Carmen" by Georges Bizet. The opera, written in the genre of opéra comique with musical numbers separated by dialogue, tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery Gypsy, Carmen. It was first performed in Paris in March of 1875. "Habanera" is one of the most famous and widely appreciated arias in all of classical music. The original Bizet composition is slow, sensuous and seductive while the Tigers' take on this beautiful music is more upbeat and jazz influenced. So put on your dancing shoes and enjoy!

Notes on Habanera from Baxter Robertson:

I had to do an arrangement of this well-known Bizet melody for a toy product I was working on (in my other life as a composer of music for toys). Previously, I had re-purposed the nursery rhyme “Hey-Diddle-Diddle” for the band on our first album, also from a toy arrangement. The “Carmen” piece seemed like a similar good fit for the Tiger Club. The arrangement is primarily for a skeleton core group of Tigers, along the lines of the instrumentation for most of our early shows(seven or eight players). As an opening tune, it affords a recognizable melody for the listener, who will subsequently be asked to latch onto and approve of my original tunes that follow…

About The Tiger Club

The Tiger Club was born in 2004 from the need to play adventurous but accessible music that harnessed Baxter Robertson’s compositional skills, his sense of whimsy, and his desire to connect with people through live performance. Mephisto Island (Aeneid Recording Company) is the group’s second record and it’s finest. It benefits from a stable collective of musicians—club members, as they are called—and a well-developed sense of band identity.

The 10 instrumental originals on Mephisto Island (Aeneid Recording Company) are refreshingly diverse, spanning the quiet fire of the Latin-tinged “Showdown at Mezcal Flats,” the slinky strut of “Green Goddess,” and the jubilant gospel-flavored “Order Of The Seeing Eye.” In today’s computer-based culture, it’s a revelation to hear a punchy horn section, stately strings, and clever arrangements played in real time by a cast of twenty-five world-class musicians from all over the United States.

Mephisto Island was produced and mixed by Cal Ball for his indie imprint Aeneid Recording Company. Ball crafted a production aesthetic that is warm and vibey with a pristine, modern pop clarity. Grammy award-winning mastering engineer Bernie Grundman mastered the album and also cut the lacquers for the upcoming vinyl release.

The Tiger Club’s live show is whole other animal. It’s a freewheeling romp with Clubbers dressed uniform, burning through originals and ingenious vocal versions of chestnuts such as “Mellow Yellow,” “Daydream Believer,” and Blue Öyster Cult’s “Burnin’ For You” which they’ve been known to perform as a scorching ska number.

Of all the highlights of Robertson’s storied professional musician career, it’s a simple feeling he cherishes the most. “It’s that moment you realize you’re onstage killing it, the audience is digging it, and you’re communicating who you really are. Nothing stokes the fire of life and creativity like that.”


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