Absinthe Music & Mental Groove Records unite to reveal one of Geneva's best kept secret: Imperial Tiger Orchestra.
While compilations of music of Ethiopian heritage are flooding the market, Imperial Tiger Orchestra offers a unique sound combining modern and traditional inspiration.
The Orchestra's repertoire consists of revamped remakes of songs from the golden age of Ethiopian music: a powerful horn section, deadly percussions and relentless keyboards provide a merciless and efficient instrumental reinterpretation and improvisation based on original vocal songs. Preserving the natural beauty of melodies and Ethiopian sound while exploring uncharted territory, playing with textures and dynamics, adding distortions and noise to complete beautiful pieces, the self-proclaimed counterfeiters embrace dark hypnotic rhythms, obsessive basslines and grooves from electronic music. Far from any purist notions, the musicians surprise and delight with traditional Thaï "phin" guitar mixed into traditional ethiopian "kebero" percussions. Just one example among many others. It's groove experimentation, it's improvisational heat.
Originator of the classic Ethiopiques series which started it all, Francis Falceto invited The Orchestra to play Addis Abeba's Musiques Ethiopiennes in 2009. Not only they convinced the locals but they also played with the likes of Melaku Belaye, Selamnesh, Zinash or Mesele Asmamaw. As Francis said afterward "the Genevan act was the big sensation of last year's festival".
The first release contains 2 studio tracks produced by Jeroen Visser (The Ex / Getatchew Mekurya) and 2 live recordings from Addis Abeba. A second 12" will follow with reworks from Nicolas Jaar (Wolf + Lamb), Kadebostan (Freude am Tanzen) and other surprises.