Jenni Miller - June 9, 2009
It seems natural that Taigaa, driven by drums and more unearthly
sounds, have their own creation myth.
"Jee walked from the deep moss forests of dirt and dark Mindy walked
from the highest canopy of rainforest, descending slowly from banana
trees, red berries in her beak Kate walked from the sun-soaked desert
plains, followed by brush fire and smoking kindling, and Arabella
walked from the foamy deposits of the ocean floor. All walked toward
the great crystal grotto inhabited only by the wind and rain. Taigaa
On a less mystical plane, Taigaa was originally the trio of Mindy, Jee,
and Jena, who recently left the band to pursue other artistic
interests. Mindy and Jee knew Arabella and Kate from the Willie Mae
Rock Camp for Girls, where they've all been instructors for four years.
When Mindy and Jee invited the two friends to join Taigaa, the
transition was easy.
What does Taigaa mean, and why did you
choose it as your name?
Taigaa is one of the biggest forests on earth it's in the Arctic. The
forest is mostly untouched -- wild, swampy, and dark. We thought our
music would somewhat resemble this open-grounded nature of the forest.
We are into nature.
How many different instruments do you
Jee plays keys and sings. Mindy plays drums and yells. Arabella plays
bass, and Kate plays trumpet. But we all play around with other
instruments like keytar, drum machines, wolf howls, jaw harps, banjos,
thumb piano, thunder tube … Ya know. We do what we feel like doing at
the time. We give each other a lot of liberty to do what we want and
trust that it will sound good.
All four of you are involved in a
bunch of different projects! Tell me about them.
Kate is in Rude Mechanical Orchestra, a radical marching band in NY.
Arabella is in Bloody for Me. Mindy has a solo project called More
Teeth and is the drummer for Vibe SongMakers. Jee is a visual artist
with a couple of musical projects on the side. We are all inspired by
all these projects and bring them into our work with Taigaa.
The experimental music scene is pretty
heavily dominated by straight men. Have you found it to be a fairly
We play lots of shows with female musicians and the dudes that play
music are awesome too. What’s so great about living in New York is that
we can play shows all the time.
Tell me about Tom Tom Magazine.
It's a new magazine that Mindy is starting and which Jee photographs
for. It's for and about female drummers and will be out summer of 2009.
Look out for it. Our website is www.tomtommag.com
"It seems natural that Taigaa, driven by drums and more unearthly sounds, have their own creation myth."
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Taigaa is a drone-dance band that uses an variety of instruments and noises to bring about new and exciting sounds. RIYL: Battles, DJ Shadow, The Slits