Guelph Jazz Festival hosting Tagaq, Zubot and Martin!

Tagaq / Zubot / Martin (Nunavut / BC / Ontario)

This world-première grouping assembles three of Canada’s most provocative creative musicians with backgrounds in varied and complementary styles and traditions. Tanya Tagaq, from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, has pioneered a contemporary form of Inuit throat singing, which is traditionally done by two women, so that it functions in solo and in unconventional collaborative settings. Tagaq has performed and recorded widely, but is perhaps best known for her work with Björk during concert tours and on the 2004 recording, Medúlla.

Jean Martin is an energetic and creative force in Toronto’s music scene as a percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, engineer, and producer. Martin runs Barnyard Records which, in a short time, has become one of the leading creative music labels in North America and features recordings by, among many other groups, Barnyard Drama, a multifaceted collaboration that hinges around his highly sympathetic partnership with creative vocalist, Christine Duncan.

Vancouver violinist and multi-instrumentalist Jesse Zubot’s career is similarly varied, and includes performance, composition, and production for his independent record label, Drip Audio. He came to prominence in acoustic roots groups Zubot & Dawson and The Great Uncles of the Revolution, but is virtually unlimited stylistically as an instrumentalist. Like Martin and Tagaq, he brings the rare combination of extraordinary sensitivity, technical excellence, and radical imagination to this promising pan-Canadian creative music summit.

Live CBC recording

This concert is being recorded for broadcast on Sept. 26 2009 on The Signal with Laurie Brown. The Signal can be heard seven nights a week at 10 pm on CBC Radio 2 (94.1 FM in Toronto, 90.7 FM in Kitchener) and online at