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January 27, 2014

Tanya Tagaq’s entrancing take on traditional throat singing–as a soundtrack to Nanook of the North–will fill the Cohn for In the Dead of Winter.

"People forget that we are alive," says Tanya Tagaq. The Inuk throat-singer from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, has been performing her unique style of traditional throat-singing for over a decade. For In the Dead of Winter, Tagaq will perform her original score to the 1922 film Nanook of the North at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium on Friday.

"It's a silent film, so it's really fun to do the score live," she says. The Toronto International Film Festival commissioned the project in 2012. A two-time Juno Award nominee and three-time Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards winner, Tagaq was the perfect choice.

"It's a really good concept and it creates a lot of thought," she says. For the performance, Tagaq watched the stark, black and white docudrama by ethnographist Robert Flaherty four times to compose accompanying melodies. She sent her work to Canadian composer Derek Charke, who then created a track of field recordings from Nunavut that forms the structure of the piece..."


Related Composers: Derek Charke