Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Nunavut Musical Special to air on CBC Television

From the ever-audacious Kronos Quartet and Canadian throat singer Tanya Tagaq comes "Nunavut" * a unique collaboration between artists who consistently push the boundaries of their musical genres.

Artistic Director of the Kronos, David Harrington, who has dubbed Tagaq "the Jimi Hendrix of throat singers," has had a longstanding interest in Inuit music. When he heard what he calls "the string quartet inside Tanya's throat," he realized he'd finally found the right collaborator. Tagaq and the Kronos travelled to Whitehorse to create this remarkable work. "Nunavut" is performed entirely without a score, using only tiny squares of coloured paper for inspiration.

Tagaq, who was born in the remote town of Cambridge Bay, taught herself throat singing while studying at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. She has toured with Bjork and received rave reviews internationally. Her expressive voice is a haunting mix of traditional and non-traditional sounds. The celebrated Kronos Quartet is known as an ensemble for whom innovation and expanding the repertoire of the string quartet is second nature.

The world premiere of "Nunavut" took place at Vancouver's Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on January 28th, 2006. "Nunavut" was taped in the CBC studio in Vancouver for Opening Night. The director was Mark Lawrence who was there in Whitehorse with the Kronos and Tagaq as they created "Nunavut."

"Nunavut" airs on Opening Night on Thursday, March 16, 2006 with "Appassionata," a documentary about the life and work of composer Sophie-Carmen Eckhardt-Grammatté. The evening is hosted by Measha Brueggergosman. "Appassionata" begins at 8 pm and "Nunavut" at 9:40 pm, local time.

Visit www.cbc.ca/openingnight for more information.

For a look at fine arts from Nunavut, see Inuit Sculpture.

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