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Review - Tanya Tagaq at the Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg, Feb 11, 2010

- by eugene osudar she can't be controlled (read this in one long fast blast and you'll understand Breath) she isn't filtered she's childlike joyfully electric breathing fast slow deep growl and suddenly breathing slightly shallowly warmly softly as she builds her breathing her wind her expanding swirling herrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr throat singing faster and faster and quicker and quicker and deeper and deeper and harshly into barking howling wind dogs ice North Tundraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh, she is The North she's the wind the breath lungs and the airrrrrrrrrrrr we breathe her and we stand united Tanya Tagaq harks back to birth, spirit woman spirit mother she Booms when she wants to and drives the stripped down orchestra into a rocking frenzy a climax an orgasm of music of spirit of joyful sound orchestra wind breath movement lungs hearts sweat passion Fire! she's infectious, her joy is sincere is beautiful is wondrous astonishingly jumping into the arms of The German Conductor, who looks like Kevin Bacon her feet are bare her evening dress black slit/cut down side her powerful calves wrapping around the stool and suddenly kicking her leg as a child as a girl does in her joy in her breathing her feeling experiencing the songs of The North of composer Derek Charke Canadian who has lived in The North he's breathed the cold air recorded the sounds and composed with the sounds of The North weaved into the soulful fabric of his music he's heard the songs the throat songs he's listened he's learned he's Loved 13 Inuit Throat Song Games and Cercle du Nord III his (breath/taking) compositions circular bowing techniques mimics sounds like Inuit throat singing he's brilliant Cercle was for The Kronos Quartet and re/imagined Now for Tanya Tagaq conductor Andrew Mickelthwate, watch his hands like Tai Chi artist but his body it's rigid O, last night as Tanya breathed fire and rhythm his body became rubbery and soon he was rocking as hard as anyone i have ever seen he was moving and he was dancing he was dancing and he never even knew it. she makes you dance swirling in your seat her hands move like rapper artist her words are breath her poetry is wind swirling around her throat i'm a leaf and i soar up/up/up! we're swirling and twirling everywhere in The Concert Hall. The New Music Festival. her improvisation shows us her legacy is young and vibrant is Now her entire body and spirit Moves and Breathes and feeds us beautiful sound her breath her soul her Love her voice cannot be controlled by sound technicians so she Booms and Explodes and Pierces when she chooses too and that is a blessing/ that is wonder. and she drives the otherwise rigid musicians and conductor into a rolling rollicking rhythm of breath driven soul fire she is beautiful. she is joy. i'll not miss her Ever again. take her now. and dance. like a L e a f. now breathe. now pause... Eighth Blackbird won a Grammy in 2008 they move they circle they even run they change instruments as the piece moves plays is felt they play by memory they play with space and sound and they play with fire and passion Tim Minro is flutes Michael J Maccaferri is clarinets Matt Albert is violin and viola Nicolas Photinos is cello Matthew Duvall is percussion is always moving Lisa Kaplan is piano and playing with tunings Thomas Ades's Catch is a chase game of children Maccaferri running about the stage and behind the curtain oh children Steve Reich's Double Sextet is played to their own tape so that their 6 can be a double sextet. brilliant. The composition won a 2009 Pulitzer. Gordon Fitzell's Evanescence is a wonder of movement and space and sound. Yes, a long evening (it could have been two) of beauty and wonder Yes! sound wonder space wonder breath wonder. we rose we cheered we hooted we hollered. More. This Is New Music! Tanya Tagaq Eighth Blackbird The Concert Hall February 11. WSO's New Music Festival.

About Eugene Osudar

“born, august 16, 1963. i’m 45, and yes, i’m getting too old for this. bring out the rocking chair. my first concert, november 1978, elvis costello and the attractions. i was 15. their blisteringly brilliant 65 minute set only served somebody to affirm my new direction in the musical parallel universes, new wave punk alternative, oh sanctity oh celebration (!Freedom!) college radio! i’m old, i’m used up and i’m free. i see 50something Full sets of music every month and dance most of them. and when i dance, i mean to say, I Dance and Celebrate, 2/3/4 hours a night. The Gaslight Anthem. The Boss. The Weber Brothers. The Wind Ups. i’ll dance with Los Campesinos. i’ll move to The Long Winters. The Replacements. Husker Du. The Pogues. oh elvis costello, oh Clash! i could go/go/go Gogol Bordello forever. L(eonard) Cohen. come, Dance With Me (Old 97s) wherever you may be, sincerely, eugene
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