“This fiercely charistmatic Inuk singer’s throaty voice demands full attention, whether she’s whispering in her softest register or howling at the sky.” – NY Times
Tanya Tagaq is one of Canada’s most celebrated and original artists. As comfortable on world stages in couture as she is steering a quad over the land in her home of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Tagaq’s complexity, originality, strength, gentleness and humour is not easily captured in word or video. With studio albums, collaborations across classical, indie rock and metal worlds, a Giller Prize long listed debut novel and countless other multi-disciplinary projects in the works, Tagaq’s art is a universe unto itself. Tagaq the person is no less a multitude of experiences, emotions and observations: with a keen mind, an open heart, and a laser-sharp ability to cut through to the quick, Tagaq shows us a way forward.
Tagaq’s music is an utterly unique and urgently compelling improvisational approach to sound creation. As a vocalist, Tagaq is a breath-contortionist, a master at her self-defined, signature craft. A throat singer, a death growler, a harrowing whisperer, a gentle cooer; an artist who can channel sounds from her environment into rhythmic, pounding layers that weave in and out of her collaborators’ instrumental and electronic elements. Tagaq’s albums have included pointed yet winking covers of artists from the Pixies to Nirvana to Iron Maiden, spoken word elements and hip hop guests, metal, art-rock, classical and ambient electronic elements swirling into one “art-metal blizzard” (Rolling Stone). With a long list of accomplishments that include composer, author, painter and beyond, music is the foundation for a career that is rapidly gathering speed, force and prestige. Tagaq is just getting started.
- Tanya Tagaq – voice
- Jean Martin – drums
- Jesse Zubot – violin
- Christine Duncan – theremin
- Felipe Ugarte – Txalaparte
- Naia Gillis – Txalaparte
- Juan Hernandez – Sound Engineer