The 18th edition’s Opening Concert unites two powerful yet very different female voices that challenge some of the inequalities, obstructions or latent power structures that surround us.
Tanya Tagaq is a Canadian Inuk throat singer from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Through guttural groans, colossal breathing, and deeply spiritualistic performances, she translates ancient vocal traditions into a postmodern language. She approaches politics as directly as she does sound, understanding art as a weapon with which to fight for women’s and indigenous rights. Her appearance will commemorate the October 2016 release of her album, Retribution.
Joining Tanya Tagaq for the Opening Concert is spoken-word artist Nora Turato, known for her stream-of-consciousness "verbal vomit". Her performances confront and engage the audience in dialogue and address a wide range of the issues haunting modern, globalized life.
The CTM 2017 Opening Concert is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, and supported by the Embassy of Canada.
Tanya Tagaq is a Canadian Inuk throat singer from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Through guttural groans, colossal breathing and deeply spiritualistic performances that reference industrial, metal and electronica, she translates ancient traditions of Inuit throat singing into sexy, postmodern expressions. Tagaq’s powerful artistry portrays a violent world in crisis and on the brink of destruction.
Croatian-born and Amsterdam-based artist Nora Turato lays down the proverbial beats with her self-proclaimed “verbal vomit.” Turato fuses her strange, stream-of-consciousness spoken-word recitations with grunge-esque guitar distortion and echoing drum beats to create a distinct, evocative soundscape that blurs the lines between performance art, spoken word, hip hop, noise, and contemporary music.