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Discipline: Interdisciplinary
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English

With a style perpetually galvanized by darkness and haunting northern beauty, sisters, Tiffany Ayalik and Inuksuk Mackay, come together to create Inuit style throat singing duo, PIQSIQ. 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 political act of cultural revitalization. As PIQSIQ, they have recorded three studio albums and perform improvisational looping live, creating a dynamic audience experience that changes with every show.

Performances & Workshops

NEW ARTIST for 2020-21 School Year

PIQSIQ - Inuit Throat Singing Performance

Grade Suitability: K-12
Duration: 45-60 minutes with 10 minute Q&A
Capacity: 1000
Tech Requirements: Power outlet, access to sound system, music stand
Fee Range: $795-1245 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

Lower Mainland
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
Vancouver Island Lower
Vancouver Island Mid
Vancouver Island North

PIQSIQ sisters, Kayley Inuksuk Mackay and Tiffany Kuliktana Ayalik, perform improvisational looping live to create a dynamic, one of a kind audience experience that blends ancient songs with modern technology to not only explore Inuit life, past and present, but also to explain the significance, history and reclamation of the Inuit cultural practice of katajjaq (throat singing).

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