Jesse Zubot- violin
Jean Martin - drums
Tanya Tagaq’s music is like nothing you’ve heard before. The Arctic-born artist is an improvisational performer, avant-garde composer and experimental recording artist who won the 2014 Polaris Music Prize for an album called Animism, a work that disrupted the music world in Canada and beyond. Tagaq contorts elements of punk, metal, and electronica into a complex and contemporary sound that begins in breath, a communal and fundamental phenomenon.
Tagaq has been touring and collaborating with an elite international circle of artists for over a decade. Her improvisational approach lends itself to collaboration across genres, and recent projects have pulled her in vastly different directions, from contributing guest vocals to a F**ked Up song (a hardcore punk band from Toronto) to premiering a composition made for Kronos Quartet’s Fifty for the Future collection, and composing a piece for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Tanya’s most recent album “Retribution” was released in fall 2016.
To celebrate the circum polar region of our world, the Festival has invited Canadian and international Northern musicians to share their own musical signatures and to collaborate with other Northern musical artists. Tanya Tagaq and Norway’s Mari Boine will perform together at the Festival, for the very first time, Wednesday June 27 7:30pm, Tartan Homes Stage at Lisgar Field in the OLG Play North Series.