Friday, December 15, 2017

The origin of music (5): Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq
9.5 x 6.5 inches,
ballpoint and color pencil in notebook, 2017

I've changed my mind. Change is good so they say. It's a strange thing that when you believe something, have an opinion, how hard it is to let go. Beliefs are a stubborn thing. Beliefs close doors, never knowing what's beyond. Your thinking is not always objective. I believed, until today, that I wasn't interested in "new-age" music, or rather fusion of traditional and modern music. I thought of it as faux spirituality. I  concede and tend to an opposing belief: Under the umbrella of new-age are a myriad of experiments that allow an opening to investigate music's origins. Music, as art, is now probably in closer harmony with its own essence that it has been for centuries. The revelation came (as it should have come years ago) watching a YouTube video of the collaboration between Tanya Tagaq and The Kronos Quartette. Tanya Tagaq's background is in Canada's Inuit throat singing tradition, a tradition much celebrated in these pages. She went through art school and established herself as an experimental avant-garde musician. The Kronos Quartet, for the reasons I reject new-age stated before, I never paid much attention to. This YouTube performance open my eyes to the possibilities of modern production techniques and electronics combined with traditional forms. The avant-garde—ethnopoetics—approaches a communion with the eternal spirit. Energy & intelligence (=imagnation.)

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