Alaskan Group, Pamyua, Blends Traditional Inuit Music with Contemporary R&B
Alaskan Group, Pamyua, Blends Traditional Inuit Music with Contemporary R&B at Soka Performing Arts Center
Aliso Viejo, CA – Pamyua brings Inuit culture to Soka Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 8 p.m. Single tickets are $30 for adults; and $26 for students, seniors and active military families. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $25 each. Purchase tickets online at PerformingArts.Soka.edu or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).
Pamyua showcases Inuit culture and shares indigenous knowledge and history through music and dance. Often described as “Inuit Soul Music,” their style derives from traditional melodies reinterpreted with contemporary vocalization and instrumentation. Performing at this concert will be founding members Stephen and Phillip Blanchett, and fellow-Alaskans Ossie Kairaiuak, Ivan Night and James Dommek.
Pamyua (pronounced bum-yo-ah) is a Yup’ik Inuit word meaning “encore” or “do it again.” Pamyua was formed in April 1995 by brothers Phillip and Stephen Blanchett who stumbled upon a musical concept to blend Inuit drumdance melodies with R&B vocal styling and arrangements. Today the group works with world-class musicians from Alaska and Denmark and travels the world sharing their blend of cultural harmony. Rolling Stone – Italy magazine calls them “the most famous Inuit band in the world.”
Stephen, aka Qacung, is a powerhouse vocalist and caretaker of indigenous drum-songs from Alaska. Phillip’s dynamic dance moves showcase the syncopated rhythm’s rooted in Yup’ik dancing. The Blanchett brothers are from Bethel, Alaska, and now live in Anchorage. Their cousin Ossie Kairaiuak, aka Aassanaaq, is a hilarious Yup’ik dancer and prolific composer of Pamyua’s most popular songs; the fun-loving “Bubble Gum” is his latest hit. Aassanaaq was raised in Chefornak, Alaska, and now lives in Anchorage, he is a master Yup’ik drum maker and illustrator. Born and raised in Greenland and now living in Copenhagen, Denmark, Karina Moeller composes and arranges music for Pamyua and performs as a vocalist with the group for special occasions; she will not be at this performance.
Ivan Night is a musician and music producer who attended Berklee College of Music and resides in Anchorage. James Dommek plays drums for Anchorage band The Whipsaws and released a solo album in 2009.