Sat 12 November 2016 | 9:30 pm - 11:55 pm
Barby - Derech Kibuts Galuyot 52, Tel Aviv, 159-249 NIS
Cult British trio The Tiger Lillies are coming back to Israel for a one-off show at the Barby club in Tel Aviv on November 12.
The Tiger Lillies’ show is a stirring spectacle, surreal and macabre, mixing cabaret punk with a gypsy groove and elements of opera. They sing the praises of a decadent lifestyle, reminiscent of the Rive Gauche period — where beauty or God can be discovered in a dirty river, or beneath a toilet seat.
This November brings us the opportunity of once again experiencing acute aesthetic dissonance – an intellectual and musical encounter between Bertolt Brecht and the darkest, wildest realms of punk rock – brilliantly twisted, elegant anarchism.
The band members’ biographies come off as taken from the works of Dickens or Joyce — they overcame the cruel hardships of life, probably for the purpose of telling the story of ‘Les Miserables’, people marginalized by society. The accordionist and vocalist Martyn Jacques was living in London’s Soho district above a brothel, before deciding to sign up for a seven-year education program to become an opera singer. This allowed him to employ an angelic voice while singing about the everyday characters he encountered: pimps, prostitutes, drug addicts, hustlers and other small fry.
The Tiger Lillies, formed in 1989, started out playing London pubs, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the bars of Czechia and Switzerland, or even on the street, all over Europe. In the years since, the trio has traversed several continents and won the Laurence Oliver Award for their cult hit production “Shockheaded Peter”.
The Tiger Lillies received a Grammy Award nomination in 2003 for the album “The Gorey End”, created in collaboration with American author and illustrator Edward Gorey, and with Kronos Quartet, an American string quartet led by David Harrington. In 2005 they created an audio-visual performance based on the works of legendary horror author H.P. Lovecraft, together with Alexander Hacke, the German electronic music innovator of Einstürzende Neubauten fame. It has been performed all over Europe with tremendous success.
Since 1994, The Tiger Lillies have released 35 albums and 3 DVD collections, and have been the subject of no less than 5 books. Presently the members of the band are taking part in an official tribute to the Tom Waits album “Rain Dogs”, while keeping a busy schedule of performances in Europe and around the globe.
The people behind The Tiger Lillies’ appearance in Israel are the founders of Table Talk — a new Tel Avivian enterprise striving to revitalize the tradition of meeting places for like-minded individuals, such as were common in Europe in the previous century.
Hands-on production of the show: Auris Media.
Ticket prices: pre-order at 159 NIS, 200 NIS at the door
“If you are reading this, and you know The Tiger Lillies and witnessed their show — wouldn’t you say that the moment when the drummer attacked his innocent kit with something resembling a jackhammer, gracefully dropping all of its parts to the floor, was one of the most memorable in Barby’s history?”
~ Edith Azoulay, Campus Voice
“Martyn Jacques, vocalist, accordionist and bandleader, always insisted on walking the fine line between being dead serious and laughing in desperation at the human nature. As is often the case with rock icons, Jacques’ lyrics deal with the dark side of man and his biggest downfalls: prostitution, drugs, self-destruction and contempt for human weaknesses”.
~ Mordi Klein, Columbus Music Magazine