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August 18, 2012Music
Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq is a rare artist whose sounds and styles are truly groundbreaking.
The Nunavut-born singer – whose unique sound has been described as orchestral, hip-hop-infused and primal, among others – has attracted the attention of some of the world's most eclectic artists.
She has recorded with Björk (for Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 9, and Björk's Medúlla), and accompanied her on the Vespertine tour.
In 2007, the Kronos Quartet invited Tanya to participate – as co-writer and performer – in a project aptly titled Nunavut, which has been performed in venues across North America, from its debut at the Chan Centre in Vancouver to New York's Carnegie Hall.
Tagaq's Sinaa (Inuktitut for 'edge') was nominated for a Juno Award (Best Aboriginal Recording) and won in three categories at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, including Best Female Artist.
With Auk/Blood, she has taken her love and respect of the ancient musical tradition of throat singing and mixed it with a powerful infusion of contemporary – and contemporary classical – styles.