A creative collaboration between Toronto-based Celtic trio NUA and IVA

This is a brilliantly conceived collaboration between Inuit throat-singer Iva and Toronto-based Celtic trio NUA.  NUA we have covered before and they include violinist James M Law, guitarist Graeme McGillivray, Jacob McCauley on Bodhrán. Throat-singer and poet Kathleen Ivaluarjuk Merritt also known as Iva joins them to make up this new quartet.

“Collectively our sound is a delicate balance of layered rhythms, melodies and groans of the north that will carry audiences to new spaces” they say.

“We met IVA this past summer while we were both performing at a festival in Northern Canada in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories called Folk on the Rocks. The festival featured some fantastic well-known Inuit Throat-Singers and we developed a lovely little connection with IVA while we were there and had some fantastic impromptu jams backstage.”

Iva is from Nunavut and although she is deeply routed in the traditions of Inuit Throat-Singing her own music takes a little more progressive approach combining aspects of Celtic inspiration and a very original sound.

“It turns out that she actually has some Irish roots as well which most certainly comes out in her own music” said NUA member Jacob McCauley when we spoke to him.

“A couple months or so after FOTR we found out IVA was hoping to embrace more of Irish roots and do an East-Coast tour of Canada featuring more of a collaborative sound with her Inuit and Irish roots.”

Through a mutual friend they were able to get in touch again and were both thrilled at the opportunity to collaborate together on something truly unique and with many great possibilities.

“This track is our first joint-collaboration with original music from NUA and IVA together in one. We don't have an immediate plans to write and record an entire album, but we will be working on more material over the coming months in preparation for a couple tours. If all goes well there is certainly a good possibility of recording an album in the near future.”

Check out www.trionua.com and  www.ivaluarjuk.com/

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