Polaris Prize winning Inuk artist Tanya Tagaq was recently asked to speak at Red Bull Music Academy Montreal's lecture series. In the interview we get a lot of insight into her life and growing up in Canada.
A powerful, visceral voice from Nunavut, in Canada’s north, Tanya Tagaq is rooted in traditional Inuk throat singing but it barely scratches the surface of her fiercely innovative fusion of old and new. In 2014, she won the prestigious Polaris Music Prize for the genre-transcending album Animism. Whether it’s an unforgettable performance dedicated to the murdered and missing aboriginal women in Canada, a hip-hop collaboration with Canadian MC Shad on her new album, Retribution, or her stunning work on Bjork’s Medúlla, Tagaq never ceases to push boundaries. She discusses her roots, progression and beliefs in her lecture at the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy.
You can watch the full hour long lecture below! You have to check out the end where she brings a beatboxer up on stage to have a jam session with.
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