A Day in the Life: Tanya Tagaq

Friday, August 26, 2016

Moonlight over Cambridge Bay (Tanya Tagaq)

How do artists refresh their creative lives? Every week, one of our favorite artists will take over our Instagram to reveal his or her favorite forms of down-time. On Monday, Q2 Music compiles the takeover into a web feature. Follow the live takeovers on our Instagram account and catch the write-up from the latest feature below.

Inuk throat-singer Tanya Tagaq pushes the boundaries between tradition and industrialism. While in college, she developed her own own solo form of Inuit solo singing, which is normally performed by two women. Now, she collaborates with musical forces such as Björk and the Kronos Quartet. This week she takes us to her annual retreat in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, which is located less than 300 miles from the North Pole 

August 25, 2016 -  2:19 pm:
Hello, Q2, I'm Tanya Tagaq. My "Day In The Life" is going to show you my home – Cambridge Bay, Nunavut – which is located less than 300 miles from the North Pole. This is a photo of a beautiful Arctic Char.

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This is a photo of a Japanese Monument near the gravel pit, where many people have cabins. This was built in memory of Japanese scientists who disappeared near Victoria Island. #nofilter

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5:46 pm: 
Moonlight over Cambridge Bay, where the sun doesn't set from May to July. Sounds recorded here, including ice augers, ravens, and footsteps crunching on the snow, can be heard on my new album, Retribution (coming 10/21)!

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8:56 pm:

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9:02 pm:
Snack on the quad

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