Tagaq performing in Edmonton in 2007
|Born||May 1975 (age 40)|
|Origin||Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada|
|Genres||a cappella, throat singing, folk|
|Occupation(s)||throat singer, songwriter|
|Labels||Jericho Beach Music
Six Shooter Records
Tanya Tagaq (born Tanya Tagaq Gillis and sometimes credited as Tagaq) is a Canadian (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
She was a popular performer at Canadian folk festivals, such as Folk on the Rocks in 2005, and first became widely 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 has been 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 2008 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.
Tagaq released her third album, Animism, on May 27, 2014 on Six Shooter Records. The album was a shortlisted nominee for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize, her first nomination for that award, and won the $30,000 award on September 22, 2014. The album also won the Juno Award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2015, and was nominated for Alternative Album of the Year.
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
- 2014 Polaris Music Prize, winner: Animism
- 2015 Juno Awards, nominee: Alternative Album of the Year, Animism
- 2015 Juno Awards, winner: Aboriginal Recording of the Year, Animism
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- 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
- Sneak peak: Tanya Tagaq's new album
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- "2015 Junos: Bahamas, Arkells, Rush big winners at 'Junos Eve' gala". CBC Music, March 14, 2015.