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Artist Profiles: Lucy Amarualik

Lucy Amarualik was born October 16, 1934 in Povugnituk and has always lived there to this day. She has been married since 1955 and has 8 children. She has traveled across North America, Europe, and beyond in over 10 countries giving throat singing performances.

Lucy Amarualik recorded Katutjatut with Inuit singer Alacie Tullaugaq.

Discography:

Katutjatut (Inukshuk Records, 1998)

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Artist Profiles: Alacie Tullaugaq

Inuit artist Alacie Tullaugaq was born April 20, 1935 in Povugnituk and has always lived there to this day. She has been married since 1955 and has 8 children plus 2 foster children. She teaches throat singing to children from 6 to 11 years of age. For herself, she has traveled across North America , Europe, and beyond in over 10 countries giving throat singing performances.

She recorded Katutjatut with Inuit singer Lucy Amarualik.

Discography:

Katutjatut (Inukshuk Records, 1998)

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Artist Profiles: Alacie Tullaugaq & Lucy Amarualik

Alacie Tullaugaq & Lucy Amarualik are two female Inuit artists that perform chants, sounds and stories, bringing to life the nature, land and animals distinct to northern Canada. Their recording, Katutjatut, was chosen as the “Best Traditional Album-Historical” at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards ceremony in Toronto. The recording features 14 of their performances, including long and difficult songs, such as “piaramit Inaqutik” and Qimminilapik,” which highlights the pair’s unparalleled skill.

Discography:

Katutjatut (Inukshuk Records, 1998)

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Artist profiles: Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq is a performer and improviser of Inuit throat singing. Born and raised in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Tagaq left her community at 15 to attend Sir John Franklin High School. Continuing her education, she attained her Bachelor of Fine Arts and the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design. During her final year of school, weary of `southern’ culture and yearning for home, she began emulating tapes of throat singing sent by her mother.

Inuit throat singing has traditionally been a two-person voice game using vocal multiphonics and vocal percussion techniques. While studying at a Nova Scotia university with no other Inuit women to play with, Tanya Tagaq began throat-singing solo. She found soloing a good way to express herself, her culture, and her art to her new colleagues. It was also a fine way of teaching Inuit throat singing to others, thus creating singing partners and introducing a growing number of people to a little known art.

Tanya Tagaq can perform solo but prefers to improvise with other capable musicians. She is able to present workshops and seminars on Inuit throat singing and a number of other things.

Tanya Tagaq

Since the release of her debut CD Sinaa (meaning ‘edge’) in 2005, the Canadian Nunavut-born singer has not just attracted the attention of some of the world’s most groundbreaking artists, they have invited her to participate on their own musical projects. Recently recording once again with Bjork (on the soundtrack for the Matthew Barney film Drawing Restraint 9), having appeared on Bjork’s Medulla CD and accompanied her on the Vespertine tour.

In 2007 the acclaimed Kronos Quartet invited Tanya to participate – as co-writer and performer – on a project aptly titled Nunavut, performed across North America since 2008.

Sinaa was nominated for a Juno Award (Best Aboriginal Recording) and won in three categories at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, including Best Female Artist.

Tanya Tagaq

Traditional throat singing is a game between two women that is an emulation of the sounds from the land. It is a very complicated game where you are making two sounds and you have to go back and forth alternating the sounds. The leader can change the song to the next verse anytime they want to, so you have to be able to follow them. It is not emotional, although it may sound that way. It is a game, you giggle afterwards.” Tanya Tagaq

Discography:

* Sinaa (Jericho Beach, 2005)
* Auk / Blood (Ipecac Recordings, 2008)
* Anuraaqtuq (2011)
* Animism (Six Shooter Records, 2014)
* Retribution (Six Shooter Records, 2016)

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Folk Rockers from Nunavut

The Jerry Cans – Inuusiq

The Jerry Cans – Inuusiq (Aakuluk Music, 2017)

Canadian band The Jerry Cans is based in Nunavut, in Canada’s far north. On Inuusiq they present a unique mix of folk-rock, pop, indie rock, reggae and Inuit throat singing.

The band indicates that their songs talk to young people and their challenges, trying to make music that equalizes traditional and contemporary life.

One of The Jerry Cans’ initiatives is the creation of the first record label ever in Nunavut, Aakuluk Music. “We had thrown around the idea to start a label to support Inuktitut music. We have four young artists singing in Inuktitut,” says vocalist and guitarist Andrew Morrison. “We’ve often heard as we were pitching our work, that if you want to succeed, you have to sing in English. We don’t accept that. We wanted to create a business entity to support it.”

 

The Jerry Cans

The lineup includes Nancy Mike on throat singing and accordion; Brendan Doherty on bass; Steve Rigby on drums; Gina burgess on fiddle; and Andrew Morrison on lead vocals and guitar.

The CD version includes a booklet with Inuit and English-language lyrics.

 

 

With Inuusiq and their new record label, The Jerry Cans give a fresh, creative new voice to Canadian Inuit culture.

 

 

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