Garden City Electronic Music Society Presents

PIQSIQ with Elisa Thorn’s Hue and Tiffany Moses

Experience three diverse, memorable performances from these artists

PIQSIQ (pronounced ‘pilk-silk)

With a style perpetually galvanized by darkness and haunting northern beauty, sisters Tiffany Kuliktana Ayalik and Kayley Inuksuk Mackay, come together to create Inuit style throat singing duo, PIQSIQ. Performing ancient traditional songs and eerie new compositions, they leave their listeners enthralled with the infinity of possible answers to the question “what is the meaning of life.” With roots in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot and Kivalliq Regions, the sisters grew up in Yellowknife where endless sunlight shines for two short summer months and deep, wintery darkness consumes the rest of the year.

In Inuktut, a ‘piqsiq’ is a type of storm where winds blow in a very specific way, making it look like the snow is falling back up towards the sky.

Elisa Thorn’s HUE

Featuring harpist Elisa Thorn, vocalist Laura Swankey, bassist James Meger and drummer Justin Devries. Together their sound is a mix of jazz and post-rock influences. This innovative group developed from The Painting Project, in which they used paintings from Elisa’s father, Bruce Thorn, as inspiration for composition and improvisation resulting in a sound that is a mix of jazz and post-rock influences. Their sophomore album was released in 2019.

Tiffany Moses

Tiffany Moses is a vocalist and audio engineer currently living in Vancouver, BC. Inspired by a love of music, she has been singing since she was a young girl following her grandfather into the bush. Musical influences include jazz singers such as Billie Holliday and Nina Simone, as well as classical composers such as Vivaldi and later trip-hop bands Portishead and Massive Attack.