To kick of December, Massey Hall put on a concert featuring two young artists who were part of the prestigious Polaris Music Prize for music in Canada. The artists happen to be violinist, composer, guitarist and singer songwriter Owen Pallett and Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq.
Owen Pallett, who was the opening act, was probably worth the price of admission alone for his set. It was a great fusion of chamber music, cabaret, alternative rock which had a composed quality to it and an order that is sublime. His set was real new music, and one in which deserves far more representation than the shit put out from Canadians today such as Justin Bieber, Drake, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes.
However, the main headlining act, Tanya Tagaq, was probably the biggest dissapoinment in the many years I have gone to live concerts. There was awkward silence for 5 minutes (as an inside joke, it was probably an elaborate pop version of the classic John Cage piece 4’33), very spaced out ranting and then she opened her mouth. First, it was serene, and when she “came out of the closet”, I was completely mortified and disturbed. This so called Polaris Music Prize winner basically conducted pure unintelligent noise that resembled a bad orgasm, elements of Satan worship, and was the most self-indulgent piece of shit music I have ever encountered in my life. Thankfully a few people walked out with me and I wasn’t alone. If this is the kind of art music that people pay to see, then we have NO hope whatsoever.
And that my friends, is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me God.
OWEN PALLETT OFFICIAL WEB SITE:
TANYA TAGAQ OFFICIAL WEB SITE