After her win over Drake and Arcade Fire for Canada’s Polaris Music Prize and subsequent collaboration with Björk, Tanya Tagaq is one of the world’s most renowned throat-singers and First Nations advocates. Tagaq teams up with fellow Winterreise Nights curator Jeffrey Zeigler and a cast of other all-star musicians to perform the captivating live scoring of We Breathe Again.
The film’s soundtrack is composed by no other than Paola Prestini, composer and Artistic Director of National Sawdust. Prestini is hailed for her “ability to evoke sheer vastness” (LA Times) while “pushing the boundaries of classical music” (Wall Street Journal), and pours her talents into a sweeping score, evoking drama, suffering, and ultimately, hope.
We Breathe Again is a film exploring the lives of five Alaska Natives and working to overcome the impacts of inter-generational trauma and suicide and recently premiered on PBS’s “America Reframed.”
Music will be led by Inuk vocalist Tanya Tagaq, and will also include cello, guitar, vocals, violin, piano, and percussions, performed by Jeffrey Zeigler, Neil Duffalo, Dave Cossin, Gyan Riley, and Paola Prestini.
The film is written by the team of Marsh Chamberlain, Evon Peter, Enei Begaye Peter, and Ryan Jacobi.