Tanya Tagaq is an improvisational throat-singer, avant-garde composer, and experimental recording artist who won the 2014 Polaris Music Prize for her album Animism, a work that disrupted the music world in Canada and beyond with its powerfully original vision. She has been touring and collaborating with an elite international circle of artists for over a decade. Recent projects have pulled her in vastly different directions, from contributing guest vocals to a song by F**ked Up (a hardcore punk band from Toronto) to premiering a composition made for Kronos Quartet’s Fifty for the Future collection and composing a piece for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Split Tooth is Tagaq’s first book. Website: tanyatagaq.com. Twitter @tagaq.
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Reviews of Split Tooth:
- “A raw, powerful voice breathes fresh air into traditional Inuit folklore to create a modern tale of mythological proportions” – In Kirkus Reviews
- “All the vocal sounds you hear in this session are made by Tagaq, based on her interpretation of Inuit throat singing. It’s an ancient tradition that was originally performed as a friendly competition between two women, and that Tagaq has brought into punk and electronica” – On NPR
- “Tagaq is hugely creative and seems to switch effortlessly between mediums including composition, performance, visual arts, activism, writing and public speaking” – In the Guardian
Veering back and forth between the grittiest features of a small Arctic town, the electrifying proximity of the world of animals and the ravishing world of myth, Tanya Tagaq explores a world where the distinctions between good and evil, animal and human, victim and transgressor, real and imagined lose their meaning, but the guiding power of love remains. Haunting, brooding, exhilarating, and tender all at once, Tagaq moves effortlessly between fiction and memoir, myth and reality, poetry and prose, conjuring a world and a heroine readers will never forget.