UAF Circumpolar Music Series Featuring Pamyua

Date: September 2, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Location: Davis Concert Hall, UAF Fine Arts Complex

Pamyua will perform at UAF Music Department’s Circumpolar Music Series

Pamyua showcases Inuit culture through music and dance performance that takes traditional melodies and reinterprets them with contemporary vocalization and instrumentation. As they’ve developed their own genre – Inuit soul music – the Alaska-based group uses their music to share Indigenous knowledge and history.

Three members of the quartet are from the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta. Two brothers – Phillip and Stephen Blanchett – formed Pamyua in April 1995 after they stumbled upon a musical concept to blend Inuit drumdance melodies with R&B vocal styling and arrangements. 

This year Qacung Stephen Blanchett was honored by the Alaska Legislature for his many contributions to music, arts education, and Alaska communities, and celebrates his recognition as one of the Kennedy Center’s Next 50 Artists and as a 2022 United States Artist Fellow. 

This is one of two incredible opportunities to see Pamyua perform in Fairbanks as part of Arctic Fest! Friday at 1:00 at Davis… and again at 7:30 at Hering Auditorium when FCA kicks off their season.

The Circumpolar Music Series is a new initiative led by the UAF Department of Music thanks to a generous donation through the UA Foundation. Beginning in fall 2022, CMS will annually showcase artists, scholars, and musicians who identify with the circumpolar region of the world. Through performances, lectures, and hands-on activities, distinct features of northern art and music will be shared and explored. All events will be held in the Charles Davis Concert Hall and are open and free to the public. In addition, events will also be live-streamed on the UAF Department of Music Youtube channel.