winter edition

Presentation Details:
Location: Studio

Originally presented as part of Many Moons video concert series, co-presented by Debaser and SAW.

Silla and Rise
Photo credit: Katherine Takpannie

Silla and Rise are a musical group consisting of members from the Inuit throat singing group Silla performing alongside global-grooves producer/percussionist Rise Ashen. Performing with Rise since 2015, Silla’s members Charlotte Qamaniq, Cynthia Pitsiulak, and Charlotte Carleton all hailing from Nunavut have worked to place traditional throat singing into a modern context and keep it thriving in spite of the historical and modern threats posed by colonialism. Rise’s musical vision was forged at the crossroads of underground dance music and world music – he brings together a broad spectrum of musical ideas from different cultures – the common thread of these genres being a driving beat which integrates with the rhythmic nature of katajjaq.

This driving percussive force is something that can be felt instinctively in the gut; a gravity that draws the entire body into action and doesn’t let go until the final note. In a live setting the atmosphere is pervasive and combines the depth of expression inherent in Inuit throat singing with non-Western conventions of electronica to transcend many of the confines of contemporary music. Breaking down barriers and building unity, Silla and Rise is a blending of the divergent, one part a technology driven exploration of sound and another rooted deeply in tradition. The resulting genre requires an active listener. It is music to be felt and experienced not merely heard.

Their self-titled Debut: Silla + Rise was nominated for a Juno Award for Indigenous Music Album of the Year in 2017 and their second album Galactic Gala was nominated for World Music Album of the Year in 2019. They were nominated for the Indigenous Music Awards for Best Inuit, Indigenous Language or Francophone Album in 2017 and they won the Stingray Award at Mundial Festival in Montreal in 2018. They also won both Inuit Group of the Year and Artistic Video of the Year at the inaugural Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards in 2021.