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Northern Lights: Nanook of the North

Canadian inuit singer Tanya Tagaq's soundtrack to the classic 1922 silent movie Nanook of the North, with the original movie streamed live on the Radio 3 website.

The first broadcast performance of Canadian inuit singer Tanya Tagaq's soundtrack to the classic 1922 silent movie 'Nanook of the North' by American film-maker, Robert J. Flaherty. The performance was specially recorded at the Banff Centre in Alberta, and the original movie is being streamed live alongside the performance on the Radio 3 website. Presented by Verity Sharp.

'Nanook of the North' is celebrated as the first full-length documentary film ever made, chronicling the traditional ways of the Canadian Inuit just as they were disappearing for ever - it documents the lives of Nanook and his family with a direct, unromanticised approach, reflecting the brutal harshness of their environment. Tanya Tagaq, who last year won Canada's prestigious Polaris Prize, is joined by violinist Jesse Zubot and percussionist Jean Martin in a score rooted in the throat-singing traditions of the Inuit people.

This is the first time Radio 3 has streamed a film with soundtrack live on the station's website.

Tanya Tagaq and Nanook of the North was originally commissioned by the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). This performance was recorded in association with The Banff Centre, Canada's arts and cultural institute which provides opportunities for those in the arts world to advance their skills.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Tanya Tagaq

    Rabbit

    • Animism.
    • Six Shooter.
    • 005.
  • Tanya Tagaq and Donna Lyall

    The Girl and the Puppy

  • Tanya Tagaq

    Damp Animal Spirits

    • Animism.
    • Six Shooter.
    • 010.
  • Tanya Tagaq

    Nanook of the North - Tanya Tagaq's sound track to the silent film

    Performer: Jesse Zubot. Performer: Jean Martin. Singer: Tanya Tagaq.
  • Tanya Tagaq & Donna Lyall

    Geese (Music Planet - The Arctic)

    • BBC RECORDING.
  • Tanya Tagaq & Donna Lyall

    Love Song (Music Planet - The Arctic)

    • BBC RECORDING.
  • Tanya Tagaq & Donna Lyall

    Song of the Puppy (Music Planet - The Arctic)

    • BBC RECORDING.
  • Tanya Tagaq

    Improvisation (Music Planet - The Arctic)

    • BBC RECORDING.
  • Derek Charke

    Tundra Songs

    Performer: Tanya Tagaq. Performer: Kronos Quartet.

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