Published Nov 23, 2015Tanya Tagaq won the 2014 Polaris Music Prize with her album Animism, and now the celebrated Inuk throat singer has shared a brand new tune called "Aorta" along with an accompanying video.
Like Animism, the song was produced by violinist Jesse Zubot, and it was created specially to accompany footage filmed at Oslo, Norway's Emanuel Vigeland Museum. The song pairs the guttural intensity of Tagaq's throat singing with ominously pounding beats, while a few atmospheric background tones enrich the soundscape. As for the video, we see ancient-looking paintings while Tagaq dances, snarls and writhes amidst shadows.
Tagaq explained the video with the following statement:
This video was made to pay homage to Emanuel Vigeland, whose frescos fill his own mausoleum. The frescos depict life from conception to death. This penetration of the unsaid philosophies of life in conjunction with the outstanding acoustics of the room has inspired my own work since visiting there in 2002. Hopefully we encapsulate the darkness and the light to his liking.
Scroll past her tour schedule to watch it. It was filmed by Light Echo Productions.
11/21 Madison, WI - Frederic March Play Circle
12/01 Toronto, ON - Massey Hall *
01/23 Saskatoon, SK - Tcu Place, Sid Buckwold Theatre ~
01/30 Cincinnati, OH - Woodward Theatre
02/02 Ann Arbor, MI - Lydia Mendelssohn Theater
02/05 Kitchener, ON - Conrad Centre ^
02/06 Kitchener, ON - Conrad Centre ^
02/18 Quebec City, QC - Palais Montcalm
02/19 Montreal, QC - Place Des Arts
02/20 Montreal, QC - Place Des Arts
* with Owen Pallet
~ with Saskatoon Symphony
^ with Kitchener Symphony Orchestra