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Tagaq and Pimienta bridge cultures at Lula Lounge

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 20, 2014

Lido Pimienta Tanya TagaqThe last B R I D G E S of the year brought Yellowknife throat singer Tanya Tagaq on stage with Toronto’s Lido Pimienta Thursday night at Lula Lounge. The B R I D G E S series aims to connect Canadian musicians and artists with South American culture while challenging stereotypes surrounding both.

Lido Pimienta Tanya TagaqSpecial guest and Bjork collaborator Tanya Tagaq’s unique set merged Inuit throat-singing with contemporary improv. Her voice ran from guttural growls to sensual R&B hooks emphasized by high pitched notes and, eventually, screams. Without using pedals or any outside assistance her voice worked in multiple registers at once - sometimes freeform, sometimes creating rhythms one might hear in a club - culminating in a performance like a Francis Bacon painting come to life as she shrieked “colonizer, colonizer.”

Lido Pimienta Tanya TagaqWatching Tagaq perform brings the experience of Colin Stetson's live show to mind: that baffling inability to explain how the sound is being made. While Toronto percussionist Mas Aya was on stage at times, Lido Pimienta’s clarinetist Robert Drisdelle occasionally contributed a no-wave tinge, Tagaq’s set was as much an immersive happening as it was a concert - the crowd could have been dancing at times, but most just stared in awe. It was impossible not to become overcome with Tagaq’s emotion.

Lido Pimienta is making a name for herself in the Canadian music scene as a force who won’t back down - this Aux interview is a good primer for what she’s up to. The Colombian-born artist’s politically-charged pop is as empowering as it is danceable - she’s not afraid to to sing “K K K Kanada” on stage.

Lido Pimienta Tanya TagaqPimienta’s set at Lula was possibly more restrained than that aforementioned Wavelength Fest concert. Her stage banter stayed in the territory of female empowerment, which was brought to life as she was joined on stage by Tagaq and openers Isla Craig, Victoria Cheong (HVY WTR), and Jaca Lynie (Doomsquad). Pimienta’s voice often rings with a similar power to Bjork’s, and to watch her and Tagaq face each other smiling and dancing was enough to finally get the room moving. It was a unique show that would rarely take place anywhere in the world, and an awareness of this permeated the room with excitement.

Multidisciplinary B R I D G E S also hosted artwork from The Beehive Collective including a stage installation of “Mesoamerica-Resiste,” a massive nine-year undertaking by Beehive, who spoke at length about colonialism and violence in the Americas. The night successfully bridged activism and punk ethos with positivity, art, music, and sparkles in a way that’s rarely accomplished in North American clubs. If more of these pop up, the kids just might be alright.

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Photos by Alejandro Santiago. Aubrey Jax is on Twitter.

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Kalila / April 21, 2014 at 02:48 pm
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Loooove throat singing!!

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hereticalobjects:

#HOC presents #ZONES album release party at Izakaya Sushi House on MARCH 13th. W/ special guests Lido Pimienta, Mimico & Mas Aya. 
Event info - https://www.facebook.com/events/300525816738591/
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hereticalobjects:

#HOC presents #ZONES album release party at Izakaya Sushi House on MARCH 13th. W/ special guests Lido Pimienta, Mimico & Mas Aya.

Event info - https://www.facebook.com/events/300525816738591/

poster by Derek McKeon

paleeyesmusic:

Here’s a remix we did of Petra Glynt’s WAR CRY. Was first grabbed by the lyrics of this track, which, for me, walk that golden mean between melancholy and elation (part of this work is accomplished by the power and beauty of Alex’s voice): 

Since I left the womb I’ve been carving my way 
Some carve their own tomb before its over 
Some chose to watch the clock wishing they weren’t sober 

Blame the system cuz some chase freedom to the grave 
Trying new flavours of belief or ways to feel sane 
but we’re still enslaved 

Does your blood run dry? 
This is a war cry 
Its whether you know your alive and what you’re made of 

Do the rivers run dry? Does the Mother cry? 
Its whether you know she’s alive and what you’re made of

You can grab Petra Glynt’s album here: http://petraglynt.bandcamp.com/album/of-this-land-ep

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