Animism earned her Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize for the year’s best Canadian album. Tagaq’s new Retribution (Thirty Tigers) album is an exhilarating, deeply unsettling response to a violence-scarred world. As part of the Broad’s Tip of Her Tongue feminist performance series, tonight Tagaq provides musical accompaniment to a screening of the controversial 1922 pseudo-documentary Nanook of the North.
Singer Tanya Tagaq comes from the Nunavut autonomous region in Northern Canada, about 300 miles from the North Pole. While she makes a roots-based music that extends the technique of Inuit “throat singing,” a tradition usually pairing two women in a singing game that simulates the sounds of nature, Tagaq is not as interested in preserving tradition as she is in hurling it into entirely new directions, which she’s done to startling effect in collaborations with Björk and the Kronos Quartet. Her 2014