Friday, April 20, 2018

Tanya Tagaq: Retribution

Music & Movement Series, Ordway Concert Hall

Celebrated Inuk performer Tanya Tagaq employs exquisite, unnerving vocal improvisations that bridge traditional roots with contemporary culture. Hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of today’s most electric, transfixing performers in any genre,” the Arctic-born artist was the recipient of Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize in 2014 for her album Animism, and was recently named to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest honors.

In 2016, Tagaq followed up Animism with Retribution, an even more musically aggressive, more aggressively political work that landed on many of the year’s ‘best of’ lists, with Fader calling it “one of the most stunning records you’ll hear this year, or maybe ever.”

Tagaq has been touring and collaborating with an international circle of artists for over a decade. Her improvisational approach lends itself to collaboration across genres, and recent projects have pulled her in vastly different directions – from a collaboration with the Toronto-based hardcore band F**ked Up to premiering a new composition commissioned by Kronos Quartet for their Fifty for the Future collection. Tagaq was also recently asked to contribute a track to an Adult Swim compilation album entitled NOISE, alongside luminaries like Merzbow, Wolf Eyes, and Pharmakon.

Tanya Tagaq’s music and performances challenge static ideas of genre and culture, and contend with themes of environmentalism, human rights, and post-colonial issues. In repeated interviews, Tagaq has stressed the importance of considering her work in the context of contemporary – not traditional – art. This statement is not just about sound, although her music is decidedly modern and technically intricate, but about widespread, deep-rooted assumptions about contemporary indigenous culture.


“Tagaq goes to places in her music that few others dare to tread.”

– Pitchfork



Ordway Lobby Installation

Friday, April 20, 2018
6:30PM Viewing begins

Join us one hour before the show to view “The REDress and Monumental Quilt Projects,” in collaboration with Two Rivers Gallery, an installation that brings awareness to missing and murdered Indigenous women and on-going collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse – important issues Tagaq addresses in her music.



Performance Guide

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Community Engagement Spotlight

Tanya Tagaq Welcome Event

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
7:00-9:00PM | Two Rivers Gallery, 1530 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis

Join us for a free community event to welcome and meet Tanya Tagaq in collaboration with Two Rivers Gallery’s exhibition of “The REDress and Monumental Quilt Projects” to bring awareness to the issues of missing and murdered Indigenous women and human sex trafficking. Tagaq’s music and advocacy efforts also focus on these urgent issues. For more details, visit our event page.


Community Residency

Tagaq’s performance is a culmination of a season-long community residency led by Native and Indigenous Twin Cities leaders in collaboration with Ordway staff with support from the Walker Art Center. In addition to organizing and advising on engagements, the group also produced a choir composed of local indigenous people who will perform onstage during Tagaq’s concert. Key individuals and organizations involved include: Missy Whiteman (Northern Arapaho and Kickapoo), Christal Moose (Mille lacs Band of Ojibwe), Lonna Hunter (Tlingit/Dakota), Two Rivers Gallery, Ikidowin Youth Theater Ensemble, and Oshkii Giizhik Singers.


Tanya Tagaq: Retribution is a co-presentation of the Ordway and Walker Art Center in association with The Cedar.

Support for community access initiatives provided by the Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis.

Generous support for Music & Movement programming is provided by the Scrooby Foundation.