Tagaq performing in Edmonton in 2007
|Born||1977 (age 36–37)|
|Origin||Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada|
|Genres||a cappella, throat singing, folk|
|Occupations||throat singer, songwriter|
|Labels||Jericho Beach Music|
Tanya Tagaq (born Tanya Tagaq Gillis and sometimes credited as Tagaq) is an Inuk throat singer from Cambridge Bay (Ikaluktuutiak), Nunavut, Canada, on the south coast of Victoria Island. After attending school in Cambridge Bay, at age 15, she went to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories to attend high school where she first began to practice throat singing. She later studied visual arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and while there developed her own solo form of Inuit throat singing, which is normally done by two women.
Life and work
Although she has become a popular performer at Canadian folk festivals, such as Folk on the Rocks in 2005, she is best known both in Canada and internationally for her collaborations with Björk, including concert tours and the 2004 album Medúlla. She has also performed with the Kronos Quartet and Shooglenifty and featured on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.
In 2005, her CD entitled Sinaa (Inuktitut for "edge") was nominated for five awards at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. At the ceremony on 25 October 2005, the CD won awards for Best Producer/Engineer, Best Album Design and Tagaq herself won the Best Female Artist award.
Her most recent album, Auk/Blood (ᐊᐅᒃ Inuktitut syllabics) features collaborations with Mike Patton, among others. In 2011, she released a live album titled Anuraaqtuq. It was recorded during Tagaq's performance at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle in Victoriaville.
Awards and recognition
- 2006 Juno Awards, nominee: Aboriginal Recording of the Year, Sinaa
- 2009 Juno Awards, nominee: Aboriginal Recording of the Year and Instrumental Album of the Year, Auk/Blood
- "Tanya Tagaq Gillis". Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art-Centre de l'art contemporain canadien. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
- Khanna, Vish." Tanya Tagaq Takes it Back", Exclaim!, September 2008.
- Performers from 2005
- Northwestel Announces Winners Of Directory Cover Art Competition
- TAGAQ - Auk/Blood
- Auk, blood at the Asuilaak Living Dictionary
- Arctic Air Theme Song