Pamyua – 9.2.22

Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, 7:30 p.m. — Hering Auditorium

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. The duo immediately began sharing their performance around Alaska and collaborating with like-minded artists. Later that year Ossie Kairaiuak joined the group. The following spring, they were joined by Karina Moeller, originally from Nuuk, Greenland. Today the quartet works with world-class musicians from Alaska and Denmark and travels the world sharing their blend of cultural harmony.

“The most famous Inuit band in the world.” – Rolling Stone (Italy)

“One of the 10 greatest Alaska artists of the millennium.” – Alaska Magazine

“A blizzard of interlocking harmonies.” – Native People Magazine



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May 6, 2022

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