Nanook of the North
Silent Film with Organ
In this live concert with film, Inuit throat singer and tour-de-force vocalist Tanya Tagaq
creates a mesmerizing, improvisatory soundscape for the controversial silent film
Nanook of the North, with organist Aaron Miller.
Robert J. Flanerty's 1922 film chronicled a year in the life of Inuit Nanook and his family
in the vivid, harsh landscape near the Arctic Circle. Widely acknowledged as having paved
the way for the modern documentary, the film also drew controversy for its clichéd and
sometimes fictional images. Along with percussionist Jean Martin and violinist Jesse Zubot,
Tagaq reclaims-through explosive sound-this portrayal of an early 20th century Inuit
community in Northern Quebec.
Polaris Prize-winning Tanya Tagaq, known for her work with Björk and the Kronos Quartet, is
a genre unto herself. Rooted in tradition, her unique vocal style also aligns with
avant-garde improvisation, metal, and electronica influences.
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
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Philadelphia, PA 19102
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