Inuit throat singing, or katajjaq, is a Canadian aboriginal art in which two or more women produce guttural rhythmic vocalizations in response to one another. Singer Tanya Tagaq is bringing new life to this old tradition, performing katajjaq as a solo artist and in collaboration with pop stars including Björk, who Tagaq resembles in both sound and appearance. Her vocalizations, at their most raw and ferocious, sound like a danceable mash-up of someone giving birth, dying, and climaxing all at the same time. In a word, her sound is ecstatic.
Tagaq’s performances are brilliant and demanding; we think everyone should see her once before they die. And the gorgeous Appel Room at Lincoln Center is worthy of her spirit and talent.
The Appel Room, Lincoln Center
10 Columbus Circle (Broadway at West 60th Street)
March 9, 8:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $30
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