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Live Concert Event Combines Polaris Prize-Winning Throat Singer Tanya Tagaq, Organ Improvisation, and Silent Film "Nanook of the North" for One-Night-Only Experience at Verizon Hall, April 13, 2017

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Amanda Conte

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LIVE CONCERT EVENT COMBINES POLARIS PRIZE-WINNING THROAT SINGER TANYA TAGAQ, ORGAN IMPROVISATION,  AND SILENT FILM NANOOK OF THE NORTH FOR ONE-NIGHT-ONLY EXPERIENCE AT VERIZON HALL, APRIL 13, 2017

"One of today's most electric, transfixing performers in any genre." – The Rolling Stone of Tagaq

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, February 22, 2017) –– In a one-night-only event, Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq will fuse her voice with other musical talents, silent film, and organ improvisation for a mesmerizing effect. Controversial silent film Nanook of the Northwill be projected on screen in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ Verizon Hall as Tagaq provides an improvisational soundscape alongside organist Dr. Aaron David Miller, revealing the film’s original score in a new contemporary light. The performance will take place Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

“At the Kimmel Center, we are committed to presenting beautiful and groundbreaking live art experiences in unique forms,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “This film, accompanied by live organ and vocals, will offer audiences a uniquely wonderful way to experience this classic film.”

The contentious 1922 documentary, Nanook of the North, has been widely acknowledged as having paved the way for the modern documentary, and also drew controversy for its clichéd and sometimes fictional images. Along with percussionist Jean Martin and guitarist Bernard Falaise, Arctic-born Tagaq reclaims — through explosive sound — this portrayal of an early 20th century Inuit community in Northern Quebec. Channeling ancient rituals through her own personal ferocity, Tagaq’s wholly improvised performance transform haunting chants, screams, and growls into an ecstatic—sometimes unnerving—journey to a completely new sound world. Prolific composer and organist Dr. Aaron David Miller will be accompanying through improvisation on the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ.

Other upcoming performances on the Kimmel Center Campus include Celtic Woman (April 14, 2017, Academy of Music), Brit Floyd (April 15, 2017, Academy of Music), Chris Botti (May 6, 2017, Merriam Theater), and Tedeschi Trucks Band (June 8–10, 2017, Merriam Theater).

TANYA TAGAQ IN CONCERT WITH NANOOK OF THE NORTH

Verizon Hall

April 13, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

Tickets

Tickets are on sale now and start at $19.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883. More information at kimmelcenter.org.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2016-2017 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit kimmelcenter.org.

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