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Tanya Tagaq

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Photo: Sarah Race

Presented with the Vancouver Art Gallery

July 27, 2011
Doors at 6:30PM, show at 7:00PM

Vancouver Art Gallery
, 750 Hornby Street

Tickets: $25 / $15*


With a sound that is described as ‘orchestral’, ‘primal’ and ‘hip-hop infused’, internationally renowned throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s performances span a staggering range of experiences. In the context of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s stunning new exhibition The Colour of my Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art, Tagaq’s work will resonate with those alternative states so central to the Surrealist movement, be it dream-state, trance, or subconscious desire.

Experience Tanya and Vancouver-based sound artist Michael Red on the gallery’s spectacular 4th floor balcony for an unforgettable evening of music and art. Join us for a drink following the performance, and enjoy exclusive access to The Colour of my Dreams.


* Tickets: $25 General Admission. Special $15 tickets available to Vancouver Art Gallery Members & PuSh Festival Patrons Circle Members. Tickets available June 15th, call 604-662-4717 to reserve. Seating is limited.


More about Tanya

“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

‘Indescribable’ is not an appropriate word to begin an artist’s bio, nor is it suitable as a description of a musician.  The problem is this: when Tanya Tagaqs’ music fills your ears, she is genuinely one of those rare artists whose sounds and styles are truly groundbreaking. ‘Inuit throat singer’ is one part of her sonic quotient.

So much has happened to Tagaq since the release of her debut CD Sinaa (meaning ‘edge’ in her ancestral language of Inuktitut) in 2005. The Nunavut-born singer has not just attracted the attention of some of the world’s most groundbreaking artists, they have invited her to participate on their own musical projects, not just singularly, but repeatedly. Tanya has recently recorded once again with Björk (specifically on the soundtrack for the Matthew Barney film Drawing Restraint 9) having already appeared on Björk’s Medúlla CD in 2004 and accompanied her on the Vespertine tour. In 2005, another monumental collaborative project came to fruition when the Kronos Quartet invited Tanya to participate on a project aptly titled Nunavut, which has been performed at select venues across North America, from its January 2006 debut at the Chan Centre in Vancouver, BC through to New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Tanya’s most recent project is the stunning video “Tungijuq” on which she collaborated with Jesse Zubot and Montreal filmmakers Felix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphael premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.