Paper Tiger is the meeting of two alter-egos who relish in the space where inhibitions die and art is made. They are inspired by sounds, instruments, vinyl records and ideas that otherwise may never connect. Beautiful Asheville NC, is their home. They love the city, they love nature, they draw inspiration from both. They recycle. This is a short version of their story.
In the beginning, there was a jazz singer who met a DJ/producer. They shared a mutual love of Radiohead and collaborated on their own cover version of “Fake Plastic Trees”. Although both MINGLE (one half of a duo) and RubySlippers (one third of a trio) were working with other projects, they felt a spark in their new creation and began to write and record their own material.
Paper Tiger has hit a stride in creating original lounge/trip hop, and are quickly establishing themselves as a duo in the Asheville music scene. They’ve opened for the likes of King Britt, NOMO, and Brooklyn electronic musician Eliot Lipp . and played a sold-out show with Strut. They were featured in POPAsheville 2008 as well as LAAFF (the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival) and showcased at the MOOG Foundation CD Release party at the Orange Peel. The duo’s song Folded Laundry is featured on Lunch Video Magazine #16. This year, RubySlippers & MINGLE won the electronic category in the Earth Day Asheville Contest.
They expect to release their debut LP Me Have Fun this fall.
Molly Kummerle is RubySlippers and is a well-known personality in the Asheville performance arts scene. She has performed at the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Blue, Pink, Green, Red and White balls, was casted in the stage production of the Rocky Horror Show, sang choir for Terpsicorps presents The Scarlet Letter, and played lead in the Asheville Ballet’s production of Porgy & Bess. She has performed Cabaret with members of Stephanie’s id, JUMP Little Children, The Goodies, Bill Carson, The Rebelles and Terpsicorps Theater of Dance. Molly has played shows at the Grey Eagle, Stella Blue, the Orange Peel, IdFest and BeleChere and toured regionally with her trio project. On a ZOOM 8 track digital recorder and a Yamaha synthesizer, Molly began to write, record and produce her own material. One of those songs can now be heard re-mixed by Dave Hamilton on the MOOGED OUT ASHEVILLE compilation CD released through the MOOG Foundation.
Isaac Gottfried is MINGLE. He has played the H.A.T.C.H opening party, performed with Faust and Shortee, Flowchart, King Britt, DJ Le Spam, and Drums and Tuba. He has remixed songs by Goapele, Amarie and Beyoncé feat. Shakira. His previous albums feature RubySlippers, Stephanie’s id, Rene Treece, Valarie Harper and Liz Morrison.