“I know it’s weird,” Tanya Tagaq said of her music on Friday night at National Geographic. Tagaq’s emotional stage presence was both a strength and weakness, as she vacillated between cathartic release while throat-singing and vapid philosophizing while singing conventionally. Despite the low points, the performance, which mostly consisted of a single long improvisation bolstered by the considerable talents of Tagaq’s sidemen, was powerful, unique, and not one that many in attendance will forget anytime soon.

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