Saturday, June 18th – The Forge (Camden)
Tigmus and The Nest Collective are delighted to bring Tanya Tagaq to London!
“Tagaq projects sounds that carry the imprint of the body’s secret contours and recesses, delving far beyond personal utterance, out beyond human identity, to summon voices from the flesh cavity haunts of animal spirits and primal energies.” —THE WIRE, UK
Award-winning Inuit vocalist Tanya Tagaq, known for her intense, evocative style based on traditional throat singing, performs a live accompaniment to Robert Flaherty’s controversial 1922 silent film Nanook of the North. Joined by percussionist Jean Martin and violinist Jesse Zubot, Tagaq reclaims the film’s images of life in an early twentieth-century Inuit community in Northern Quebec.
“Her latest album, Animism (which fought off competition from Drake and Arcade Fire to win the Polaris prize, Canada’s answer to the Mercury), fuses her musical roots with everything from punk to electronica: the result is sometimes haunting, sometimes orgiastic, and always extraordinary” Guardian
Commissioned by the Toronto Film Festival, Tagaq’s work with Nanook began with a sonic exploration of the film’s imagery. With her own sense of the sounds of places shown in the film, she transforms its images, adding feeling and depth to what is a complex mix of poignant representations and racially charged clichés. The film, one of the world’s first major works of non-fiction filmmaking, is rife with contradictions. Flaherty lived and worked with Inuit communities for many years, and yet he included staged scenes of buffoonery and feigned Inuit ignorance of modern technology and accoutrements.
“Everyone will take what they want from it. I have no intention of spoon feeding people what they need to know,” Tagaq states. “Yet, hopefully, via coaxing and innuendo and emotion, I can elevate people’s consciousness of Inuit culture, and of culture in general. I can take a small bite out of the underground racism against Inuit and Aboriginal people. I have faith that if people are educated about what’s actually happening, and if people believe, it can be fixed. But you have to acknowledge the bad to sprout the good.”
“A magnificent, unique, overwhelming life force,” —Froots Magazine
What to expect...
The Forge, Camden
3-7 Delancey St, London NW1 7NL
There is no artist working today more emphatically herself, more incomparable than Tagaq.View Artist