Inuk punk Tanya Tagaq is set to bring her mesmerising live show back to Europe next year with two London shows in January, as well as various other EU dates. Tagaq is streaming her album-titled new single 'Retribution' online now ahead of the LP release on 18 November via Six Shooter Records.
'Retribution' is Tanya Tagaq's portrait of a violent world in crisis, hovering on the brink of destruction. It's a complex, exhilarating, howling protest that links lack of respect for women's rights to lack of respect for the planet, to lack of respect for Indigenous rights. Stream Tagaq's album-titled single below.
The Inuit people live on the cutting edge of the climate emergency. As sea ice dwindles at astonishing rates, they are witnessing the death of the entire Arctic ecosystem, as the colonialist machine rolls on, mining newly uncovered areas for diamonds. And the Inuit know the truth about the contemporary natures of the crimes at the centre of Canada's identity. Tagaq herself is a survivor of Canada's infamous genocidal Residential School System, something most Canadians would rather imagine as a dealt-with thing of the distant past.
Tagaq is the leader of this project, and she uses the power of her voice, the power of her commitment to her performance, the power of her informed, uncompromising artistic standards, to draw other, similarly committed and talented people to her mission.
Jesse Zubot collaborates as producer and lead violinist, creating a stunning array of sound, employing mastery over his instrument and an arsenal of digital and analogue effects. Jean Martin's drumming builds dynamics and rolls devastatingly across the sonic landscape like a tank division of Tagaq Army, an army which also includes Tuvan throat singer Radik Tyülyüsh, rapper Shad, traditional Inuk singer Ruben Komangapik, and Tagaq's own young daughter, Inuuja, who is brought in on the first song, like a symbolic character in a novel, to represent both the hope of the future and also to elicit shame for the betrayals we are visiting on the generations to come.
See Tanya Tagaq live:
10 Fairbanks, AK: Hering Auditorium
17 & 18 San Francisco, CA: Yerba Buena Center For The Arts
26 Ottawa, ON: National Arts Centre
20 Bruxelles BE: Recyclart
21 Diksmuide BE: 4AD
23 Leeds UK: Howard Assembly Rooms
24 London UK: Cafe Oto
26 London UK: Corsica Studios
27 North FI: Peoples Film Festival
28 Berlin DE: C T M Festival @ HAU1 Festival Opening Show
29 Berlin DE: C T M Festival @ HAU1