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 with its powerfully original vision. Retribution, her Polaris-nominated follow-up, is an even more musically aggressive, more aggressively political, more challenging, more spine tingling, more powerful masterpiece.Read More...
Tagaq contorts elements of punk, metal, and electronica into a complex and contemporary sound that begins in breath, a communal and fundamental phenomenon. As leader of her project, she uses the power of her voice, the power of her commitment to her performance, the power of her informed, and uncompromising artistic standards, to draw other, similarly committed and talented people to her mission. Recent projects have pulled her in vastly different directions, from improvised live collaborations with Fucked Up, to premiering a composition made for Kronos Quartet’s Fifty for the Future collection.
“Climate change should be important to all of us. Climate change denial is rampant and absurd. Hopefully this small act of bringing awareness will help. “
– Tanya Tagaq