World Music Institute Presents: Tanya Tagaq

World Music Institute Presents: Tanya Tagaq

Experimental and extraordinary vocal artist Tanya Tagaq hails from Cambridge Bay, in the Nunavut territory of Canada, and is using her Inuit heritage to create music that easily exceeds cultural, geographical and musical borders. Her traditional background is rather a foundation for avant-garde improvisation, classical expressionism and electronic music, and her outstanding vocal technique blends metal, rock and new music worlds with elements of Inuit throat singing.

She’s been working closely with Björk over the years, and they share some similar aesthetics and approach to create art and music. Her style has been dubbed “polar punk”, and there is certainly something rebellious about Tanya Tagaq. She is using her music to promote a clear political edge, challenging static ideas of genre and culture and contends with themes of environmentalism, human rights, especially violence against native women, and colonialism.

Tagaq won the prestigious Polaris Music Prize 2014 for the internationally acclaimed album Animism. She followed up with Retribution (2016), an even more politically and musical aggressive statement than its predecessor, it was named “one of the most stunning records you’ll hear this year, or maybe ever” by The Fader.

Tanya Tagaq is quite easily one of the most interesting voices of today’s music, and her live performances often turn into a unique improvisational once in a lifetime set and a mind-blowing experience for the ears and eyes, mind and body.

Not to miss, on May 11, Tanya Tagaq plays (le) poisson rouge on Bleecker St, Manhattan with Balkan Romani (gypsy) music duo Eva Salina & Peter Stan, all presented by World Music Institute (WMI). Read more for info and tickets. 

Make sure to check out the wonderful guest playlist Tanya Tagaq created for TIDAL, including her new single, a cover version of Iron Maiden’s “Run to the Hills”.

World Music Institute (WMI) has served as one of the leading presenters of world music and dance within the United States since forming in 1985, and they have presented more than 1,500 concerts and events featuring artists from more than 100 countries across all continents.

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