Tanya Tagaq, Inuit Throat Singer to Appear in Ann Arbor

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 7:30 pm

With Tanya Tagaq, ancient meets modern in provocative, powerful ways. This spellbinding performance features the Inuit throat singer accompanying a screening of “Nanook of the North” (1922) with a live score. Her mixed-media performance reclaims the controversial classic — considered the first feature-length documentary — capturing the sense of the sound of the Arctic spaces shown in the film and adding tremendous feeling and depth to the complex mix of beautiful representations and racially charged clichés. An Inuit throat singer from Nunavut, Canada, Tanya Tagaq has a voice capable of full-bodied and animalistic low  s, and breathtaking grunts and growls. She is an outspoken advocate of aboriginal rights and equality, weaving her musical and political tones into emotive, sensual, and complex compositions and improvisations that raise a fist of protest with no words at all.  University Musical Society


Tagaq’s music is unnerving and exquisite, rooted in Inuit throat singing, but also influenced by electronica, industrial, and metal. It is a style that she has perfected through collaborations with Björk and that invokes Meredith Monk’s vocal innovations. Winner of the 2014 Polaris Prize for “Album of the Year” (she beat out Drake and Arcade Fire), Tanya Tagaq makes her UMS debut in this one-night only event after acclaimed appearances at the Bonnaroo and SXSW festivals.  “Nobody, anywhere, sounds like she does.” (Globe and Mail)

                       Tanya Tagaq website

Tune In with UMS for a brief pre-performance talk. Just 15 minutes long, this Tune In will offer interesting information and provocative questions for thinking about, listening to, and watching the performance. Tuesday, February 2, 7 pm at Michigan League Henderson Room (3rd floor).




District Wide Black Parent Student Support Group of Ann Arbor Meeting w/AAPS Superintendent

District Wide Black Parent Student Support Group Of Ann Arbor

District Wide Black Parent Student Support Group Of Ann Arbor


Dr. Jeanne Swift, Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools

Dr. Jeanne Swift, Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools

  At 7:00 pm, Jan. 12, 2016, at Arrowwood Community Center, Dr. Jeanne Swift, Superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools, will meet with the District Wide Black Parent Student Support Group (DWPSSG) to discuss issues affecting students and the African American community. Please attend!!!! Arrowwood Community Center 2566 Arrowwood Trail, Ann Arbor, 48105

Here is more information about the group from their website: dwbpssg.org

Purpose of DPSSG

The main purpose of the BPSSG is to ensure that Black children attending school in Ann Arbor have and are engaged in the highest quality of effective academic, social, and cultural experiences available to them in the Ann Arbor Public School System.  The BPSSG will advocate for the Black student population, and work with trustees, teachers, administrators, other school personnel, families, and the community to get those needs met and interests fulfilled. Finally, the BPSSG will seek out, recognize, and celebrate the many achievements of Black students in the Ann Arbor Public School district.”

Mission of BPSSG

“The Black Parents’ Student Support Group (BPSSG) of the Ann Arbor Public Schools will serve as a collaborative and supportive vehicle for African-American students and their parents. The organization will foster strong, meaningful alliances with schools to encourage academic excellence, leadership skills, cultural awareness, pride and respect, and problem solving. The main priority is the education of all students with special emphasis on the education of African-American students so that they will attain their full educational potential.”



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