Tanya Tagaq

Wed, 18. 2. 2009 - 20:00
Palác Akropolis

Startlingly innovative vocal explorations from the Inuit throat-singer who has collaborated with Bjork, Kronos Quartet, Mike Patton, Sainkho Namtchylak...
Support: Ridina Ahmedová

Tanya Tagaq is genuinely one of those rare artists whose sounds and styles are truly groundbreaking. 'Inuit throat singer' is one part of her sonic quotient, so are descriptions like 'orchestral', 'hip-hop-infused' and 'primal' but these words are not usually used collectively. Since the release of her debut CD Sinaa (meaning 'edge') in 2005, the Nunavut-born singer has not just attracted the attention of some of the world's most groundbreaking artists, they have invited her to participate on their own musical projects. Recently recording once again with Bjork (on the soundtrack for the Matthew Barney film Drawing Restraint 9), having appeared on Bjork's Medulla CD and accompanied her on the Vespertine tour. In 2007, another monumental collaborative project came to fruition, when the world-renowned Kronos Quartet invited Tanya to participate - as co-writer and performer - on a project aptly titled Nunavut, performed across North America in 2008, from its debut at the Chan Centre, Vancouver BC through to New York's Carnegie Hall. Tagaq is a Contemporary Inuk Throat Singer from Canada's North. Sinaa was nominated for a Juno Award (Best Aboriginal Recording) and won in three categories at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, including Best Female Artist. She has just released her sophomore album, 'AUK~BLOOD' featuring Mike Patton and Buck 65.



  • Tanya Tagaq - vocals
  • Michael Red - laptop, electronics
  • Kenton Loewen - drums

Press quotes:

"Tanya is directly musically in touch with something that is almost a ghost. To me, it is something that is so special and so much a part of the earth and the land and the environment."
David Harrington, Kronos Quartet

"[Tanya's music is] like Edith Piaf or something...totally emotional."

"Traditional throat singing is a game between two women that is an emulation of the sounds from the land. It is a very complicated game where you are making two sounds and you have to go back and forth alternating the sounds. The leader can change the song to the next verse anytime they want to, so you have to be able to follow them. It is not emotional, although it may sound that way. It is a game, you giggle afterwards."
Tanya Tagaq

"Calling Tanya Tagaq an Inuit throat singer is like calling Yo-Yo Ma a cello player. Sure, it's accurate, but it's not the whole of what he does. Like Ma, Tagaq is the best of what she does - innovative, inspired. Seeing her live, she gets deep into her rhythms and her passions are obvious."
Brad Frenette, The National Post

"It was one of the most powerful shows in the history of the festival!"
Malcolm Levy, New Forms Festival