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Tanya Tagaq

Genuinely one of those rare artists whose sounds and styles are truly groundbreaking. 'Inuit throat singer' is only one part of Tanya's sonic quotient. She appeared on Björk's Medulla CD and accompanied her on the Vespertine tour. In 2007 the world-renowned Kronos Quartet invited her to participate - as co-writer and performer - on a project aptly titled Nunavut, performed across North America since 2008. Her album Sinaa was nominated for a Juno Award and won in three categories at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, including Best Female Artist.

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"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." Bjork
"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

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