White Raven Throatsingers
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White Raven Throatsingers

Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
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"The Cross-Culture Warsaw Festival 2013 Honors Masters and Shamans"

" “Masters and shamans” was the theme of the third day of the ninth Cross-Culture Warsaw Festival, Friday, September 27th. The evening started with Concert of Champions featuring on stage the artists that leding this year’s workshops: Inuit Charlotte Qamaniq and Kathleen Merritt – specialist in throat singing; the dancers Kemar Kennedy and Lawrence Kershaw from New Zealand; Sofien Zaidi musician and singer of Djerba; Irishman John Joe Kelly on bodhran and virtuoso Carmelo Salemi playing a shepherd’s flute.
The second event of the evening was the performance by Lindigo, who mix traditional music from the island of Reunion with funk and reggae." - World Music Central

"Youth Performers Kick off National Youth Arts Week in Ottawa"

"Michaëlle Jean and Jean Daniel Lafond, co-Presidents of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, voiced their admiration of the hundreds of youth artists working across the country to plan creative events in their communities for National Youth Arts Week, stating that in doing so young people are using the arts as “weapons of mass construction”. National Youth Arts Week Community Coordinators Gabrielle Mauffette from St-Jérôme Québec and Christine Dewancker from Kingston Ontario described the amazing multitude of events they are seeing spring up in their communities and others across the country.

The night was MCd by CTV Reporter Stefan Keyes with performances by throat singing duo Charlotte Qamaniq and Kathleen Merritt; spoken word artists from the Ottawa Youth Poetry Slam; a hip hop dance troupe from Carleton University; and an acoustic set by rising Montreal band M.T.L. Attendees then mixed and mingled to sweet beats being dropped by DJ Memetic. Beautiful artwork by youth artists Allan André and Callan Ponsford was also on display."


"Throatsinging meets Hip Hop"

"Nunavut-born throatsinger Charlotte Qamaniq-Mason and Montreal musician Daybi of Tumivut perform on stage at the Westfest festival in Ottawa last June. Tumivut will be performing in Iqaluit as part of Alianait's concert series on Sept. 9." - News North Services (nnsl)

"Tumivut in Iqaluit: Like a Family Reunion"

"Tumivut, a nationally acclaimed band that features two Nunavut throat singers, played their first concert ever in Iqaluit Sept. 9, part of the Alianait music festival’s series of concerts in the city.

“This is really huge for us,” said Tumivut singer Charlotte Qamaniq-Mason, who is originally from Igloolik but who spent much of her childhood in Iqaluit. “It’s one thing to perform in front of hundreds of people who have no idea who you are, but it’s another thing to perform in front of people who know you and your whole family.”" - Nunatsiaq News

"Northern Song at the Alianait Arts Festival"

"It’s light out at two in the morning and there’s snow on the ground in July (well, briefly, at least) in Iqaluit, Nunavut, where the recent Alianait Arts Festival was an eye-opening window into Northern culture and arts (“Alianait” is an Inuktitut expression of celebration, like “huzzah!”). Alison Broverman trekked north of the treeline last week to check out the festival and meet a few talented Northern artists … and returned south with an unexpected love of throat singing and a deep appreciation for Canada’s youngest territory. Here are a few of the people she encountered along the way"...."The Calgary-born Starr, who made her name with a unique blend of hip-hop and new wave rock music, was also visiting the north for the first time (she has a new album coming out in August), and was enchanted by the landscape, not to mention the tap water.

“It tastes like icicles,” she said.

Starr was keen to incorporate the local culture into her performance, so throat singer Kathleen Merritt joined her onstage for a haunting duet that blended the traditional — Merritt’s throat singing — and the modern — Starr’s electronic musical gadgetry." - The National Post

"National Arts Centre in Ottawa Celebrates the North with 10 day festival"

Nelson Tagoona (right) performs with Charlotte Qamaniq and Kathleen Merritt during an event at the National Arts Centre Monday February 25, 2013 in Ottawa. The National Arts Centre is bringing the North to the South this spring with a 10-day festival featuring northern artists, musicians, singers, chefs, writers and storytellers who blend the traditional with the contemporary. - THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

"As Long as you're communicating, Its Music"

"Imagine. Throat-singers in your classroom, learning about composing music from a real composer, and creating a piece blending throat-singing and orchestral music that will be performed by the NAC Orchestra. If I was 15—and I was a true band person then—I would have been in heaven. The session started with a demonstration by Nancy and Kathleen. The students listened closely to the women’s intense, rhythmic, primal sounds." - National Arts Centre


White Raven Throatsingers Demo Album (2013)



Kathleen Ivaluarjuk Merritt of Rankin Inlet and Charlotte Qamaniq of Ottawa (origin Igloolik) are White Raven. They are Nunavut throat-singers and Inuit advocates, with an original style of their own. Their performance often described as intimate and vibrant. Charlotte and Kathleen's performance consist of traditional throat-singing with a contemporary spin, integrating the jaw harp, poetry and bodhran into the songs. The duo have a strong connection, allowing them to flawlessly merge song after song in their performance - often unrehearsed.

White Raven Throat-singers also give a comprehensive and very fun educational component to what they do. Either on stage with crowd involvement, or in group workshops, the two teach throat-singing techniques to those who are eager to learn, while using the opportunity to share their values and knowledge of Inuit culture and history.

Here's what others have had to say about them!... 

"White Raven brought a beautiful intensity to the collaboration...their obvious elation and comfort in performing together mesmerized Halifax Jazz Festival audiences.  It was a joy to have them at the festival" 

Laura "Lulu" Healy, Artistic Director, Halifax Jazz Festival - 

Past Selective Performances/Shows:
Warsaw World Cross Cultural Music Festival - Warsaw, Poland (2013)
Halifax Jazz Festival, Halifax, Nova Scortia (2013)
Great Northern Arts Festival, Inuvik, NWT (2012 & 2013)
Folk on the Rocks, Yellowknife, NWT (2011 & 2013)
Sakahan International Indigenous Arts Fetival - Ottawa, ON (2013)
Deep Roots Music Festival, Wolfville, NS (2012)
First Ministers Meeting Conference - Banff, Alberta (2010)
West Fest, Ottawa, ON (2010)
APTN Aboriginal Day Live, Winnipeg, MB (2009)

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