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  • PIQSIQ: Inuit Style Throat Singing


  • With a style perpetually galvanized by darkness and haunting northern beauty, sisters, Tiffany Kuliktana Ayalik and Kayley Inuksuk Mackay, come together to create Inuit style throat singing duo, PIQSIQ. Performing ancient traditional songs and eerie new compositions, they endeavor to leave their listeners enthralled with the infinity of possible answers to the question "what is the meaning of life." With roots in Nunavut, the two grew up in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. After years of forging hard won skill, they developed their own form blended with haunting melodies and otherworldly sounds. Approaching adulthood, they realized throat singing was not only a musical expression, but a radical, political act of cultural revitalization. A piqsiq is a storm where the winds blow in a specific way, making it look like the snow is falling back up towards the sky. Being of blended backgrounds, Kayley and Tiffany have had to navigate strange cultural waters and have learned to embrace that journey. As PIQSIQ, they perform improvisational looping live, creating a dynamic audience experience that changes with every show. The sisters incorporate that haunting, ethereal feel into their album recordings and continue to perform both nationally and internationally. Introduction by Denis Chouinard, counsellor, Canadian Embassy, a partner with the Library of Congress in supporting an Inuit concert performed by PIQSIQ. The ancient traditional songs of PIQSIQ are a great contribution to the Canadian culture.

Event Date

  • November 18, 2020

Running Time

  • 34 minutes 14 seconds

Online Format

  • video
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  • online text

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