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Ancestors, co-written with Bjork on her latetst album, Medualla

Sinaa- tagaq 2005

Iluani- Erren 2003

Siku- tagaq 2001


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Tanya Tagaq Gillis was born and raised in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. She left when 15 to attend Sir John Franklin High School. Continuing her education, she attained her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

During her final year of school, weary then of “southern” culture and yearning for home, she began emulating tapes of throat singing her mother had sent her. Throat singing is a traditional vocal game between two women. Since Tagaq had no partner to sing with, this was the beginning of the development of her contemporary and emotional style of throat singing. She has since sang on festival stages, in opera houses and mosoleums throughout the world. She has collaborated with the likes of Bjork and Kronos Quartet.

“ I guess if I was forced to describe what I am doing, I would have to say that I am interested in instinctual and emotional capacity.”- Tagaq-