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Just the idea of an Inuit throat singer performing at National Geographic should be enough to pique the interest of many adventurous music listeners. But if that weren’t enough, a mere list of Tanya Tagaq‘s musical associations should lead to outright fascination. To wit: Tagaq’s latest record, Auk/Blood, was released on Mike Patton‘s Ipecac label, also the home of groups like Isis and Hella. And while Tagaq won’t be performing with any metal or math-rock musicians at her National Geographic show tomorrow, she will be taking the stage with drummer Scott Amendola and guitarist G.E. Stinson, who have been active in recent years in the West Coast avant-jazz scene. (Amendola has played in the D.C. area a few times in recent years, supporting the likes of Nels Cline and Madeleine Peyroux.) The next day, Tagaq will be up in New York collaborating with the Kronos Quartet.
What will the Tagaq-Amendola-Stinson trio actually sound like? This isn’t a working ensemble, and in fact, tomorrow’s show is only the second time the three have played together as a trio—-the first is a show tonight in Cleveland. So the only way to find out is to show up.
The other event of interest this weekend is the fifth iteration of the Bored of Trade art and music showcase. The musical headliners this time around are Brooklyn’s noisy post-punk duo Talk Normal, most recently seen in D.C. opening for Marnie Stern. Dissonant and unforgiving, Talk Normal’s music seems difficult to like at first, but that’s before their insistent rhythms start worming their way into the brain. Local representation in the lineup comes courtesy of the intriguing ambient/electronic duo Moon Pie, who for this show will be collaborating—-as the band often seems to do—-with local cellist Doug Stailey.
Tanya Tagaq performs at National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW, on Friday at 7:30 .p.m; $25. Bored of Trade 5 takes place at Paper Sun, Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m.; $3 suggested donation.
Photo of Tanya Tagaq courtesy Press Junkie PR.