|SELDOVIA SUMMER SOLSTICE MUSIC FESTIVAL
JUNE 18th-21st, 2015
Welcome to the 14th annual
Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival, held in a most beautiful
setting where the eagles awaken you to another day to enjoy the
snow-topped mountains as a backdrop. The blue, blue ocean bids you to
watch for playful otters, and the sounds and scents coming from the
shops and attractions ask you to explore the many nooks and crannies of
our special town! Our walking map actually has listed over 101 things
to do in Seldovia, so get going with the exciting Summer Solstice Music
Festival always held over the longest weekend of the year!
This year we are so pleased to
present as headliners for the Festival, the very innovative Inuit
band Pamyua that has entertained all over Alaska and the world with
their drum songs of native traditional music mixed with a fusion of
Yupik dance. You will be amazed!
Adding to our first time in
Seldovia headliners will be a great variety and mix of new-to-Seldovia
artists as well as a reunion of past favorites we just haven’t heard
enough of, including a poet! In addition, the 2nd annual “En Plein Air”
event, featuring artists from around Alaska capturing the beauty of
Seldovia scapes, will take place. A silent auction of their work will
be held Sunday morning.
brings Inuit music to the world. “The most famous Inuit band in the
world,” says Rolling Stone Magazine (Italy). “One of the 10
greatest Alaska artists of the millennium,” says Alaska Magazine. Their
music showcases drum songs from the Inuit cultures of Greenland and
Alaska. Pamyua’s vocalists bring “a blizzard of interlocking
harmonies,” says Native People Magazine. Pamyua reminds listeners
to embrace relationships with honor, humility and tolerance.
PAMYUA pronounced “bum yo-ah” is an Inuit word meaning: to
request an encore of a drum song or dance (verb) and the tail of an
animal, object or idea (noun). Many Americans were introduced to Inuit
music watching the Canadian epic, The Fast Runner, but for more
than a decade Pamyua has released traditional Inuit (Yup’ik)
drum songs from Alaska with a distinct and unique American sound.
Together for more than 15 years, Pamyua has entertained
millions with their fusion of traditional Inuit music and Yup’ik dance
performance. Founding members Phillip Blanchett, Stephen Blanchett and
Ossie Kairaiuak are from the Yukon/ Kuskokwim River Delta region in
southwestern Alaska. Karina Moeller also a founding member is from
Nuuk, Greenland. Pamyua found national recognition winning “Record
of the Year” at the 2003 Native American Music Awards and is now a
cultural treasure across the circumpolar north. Pamyua represents
the enduring heritage of Inuit people. Their performance encourages
audiences to appreciate indigenous traditions while relating ancient
traditional wisdom into modern culture. Pamyua believes that
unity is possible through music and dance and the members interpret
Inuit traditions masterfully with joy and sincerity. The response to
this message is tremendous as the group is a symbol of pride for
Alaska’s indigenous people and to all who see them
perform. Pamyua also teaches and performs in schools
continuing their work to communicate interactively to broaden awareness
and inspire unity.
beautiful Native American Flute Music can often be heard in the morning
and evening as it winds its way up the slough and into the wind. He has
taken several eager Seldovia students under his wing to teach this
wonderful instrument whose music comes straight from the heart and
breath of its player. He grew up in Eagle River Alaska and after
serving 20 years in the Navy as a corpsman moved back to Alaska to
pursue his art. Moving to Seldovia has given Brian the solitude to
explore both his flute and painting. He has published work in the
Alaska Magazine and has an oil painting in the G. Bush Sr.
Presidential Library, which was given to G. Bush Sr. while on
deployment for Desert Storm of the 1st Gulf War at
Thanksgiving on board USS NASSAU LHA-4.
Kathy Claiborne and Barry Dearborn, come to us from Anchorage. Kathy is
a singer/songwriter from Anchorage with an emphasis on folk/pop/country
songs and ballads. She spent five plus years on the mandolin and guitar
with the quartet called M.A.K.. Also, she was part of a duet with Doc
Schultz, playing as “Oldenweiser” for two plus years and a member of a
duet with Meg Anderson called “Almost Angels”.
is a genre-melding gypsy swing band residing in the 49th state
that brings a New Orleans/ Parisian sound to the Alaskan stage. They
weave classic gypsy jazz tunes (ala Django Reinhardt) with swingified
soul, blues, and original music. Don't be surprised if you hear a fret
burning classical solo dissolve into a classic rock jam. Jackie
Schafer’s vocals, at times playful and passionate, soar over the tight
acoustic groove of this guitar driven ensemble featuring Tovi Newman,
Forest Wilson, and Arkadi Futerman, while Logan Bean’s trumpet entices
even the most reluctant dancers to grab a partner.
Swing 49 has been the
official house band for the wildly popular Anchorage songwriter
showcase “Parlor in the Round” for the 2014/2015 season. They perform
regularly at festivals, weddings, and private and public events.
YNGVIL VATN GUTTU
multi-talented musicians/composers, collaborate on a program of new
original compositions and arrangements.
Yngvil Vatn Guttu is a
musician, director, composer, producer, performer, writer, educator and
community activist born in Oslo, Norway, educated in London and
currently dividing her time between Anchorage and New York, where she
regularly plays with two bands. Her music has drawn raves from media
outlets such as the New York Times, which has called her music
"engaging, versatile… [it ] soars with joy and plumbs the depths of
loneliness, at times funny, at times suspenseful, trenchant and buoyant
and packs plenty of mischief ”. Her latest album “On The Crosswalk” is
currently ( April 2015) at # 5 in the US CMJ Top 40s Jazz Chart, and at
# 8 in Canada.
Yngvil plays guitar, sings
and likes supporting fellow musicians on any instrument she can lay her
hands on. She started a non profit organization Northern Culture
Exchange to engage Alaska’s creative talent in civic life across the
circumpolar area. She is also the founding director of Spenard JazzFest.
Elena Lukina was born in
north central Siberia, in the village of Pokrovsk, in the Republic of
Yakutia (Sakha). At the age of nine she was picked out by the
Soviet government as having exceptional talent on the violin and sent
3000 miles away to Leningrad to train at the Rimsky Korsakov Academy.
Lukina stayed in Leningrad for 15 years before returning to her home in
Siberia, now a world class violinist. In the early 90's Lena moved to
the “Last Frontier, Alaska”, where she learned to play other
instruments, like viola and synth.
Lena started writing music
in 2006, and in October 2007, releasing her first CD "Coming Home" by
"L" (thanks to Kurt Riemann of Surreal Studios, Anchorage, AK), which
was dedicated to Lena's Russian roots. The next project turned into
another CD, "Bon Voyage - Cinema" (thanks to Greg Tauriello of Sweet 16
Studios, Cornville AZ, Kurt Riemann of Surreal Studios, Anchorage, AK,
and Steve Avedis, Denver CO), which was released in October 2011.
DAVID LYNN GRIMES
is a bardic trickster and wandering fool who has howled with wolves,
run from bears and cavorted with killer whales. David's music is on an
axis between Ireland and Brasil, influenced by American folk, gospel,
jazz and blues traditions. Weaving outlandish stories of wild animal
adventures with a diverse array of songs on guitar and acappela,
performances are a blend of humor and deep emotion with a vital
connection to rivers and ocean and the great green dream of the earth.
Satisfaction is guaranteed and spontaneous healing has been reported.
BETSY SCOTT, our very own Seldovian songster, is back by
public outcry! Betsy has been known, in performances, to go off with
Brer Rabbit, a Whale tale, a European folk tale, or Shakespeare. Her
musical influences draw from numerous wells: Folk, Opera, Jazz, Blues,
Traditional, Spoken Word, World Music, Musical Theater, and Vaudeville.
Whether singing acapella or with folks flowing and popping the beat,
she fetches up laughter, tears, and everything in-between. Her first CD
THE SOUL has been playing together for well over 20
years. All members are accomplished song-writers,
multi-instrumentalists, and vocalists. Their music is positive,
full of harmonies, acoustic strings, and tunes that are fun,
thoughtful, clever, and/or out to change the world.
Members of the group
include: Suzanne Little, Jack Will, Sue Biggs, Vickie Tinker, Bonnie
Nichols (Bonnie will be gone this year).
& TIEG, Los Angeles based folk-pop, have been described
as a modern Simon & Garfunkel (if one were a girl). Even never
having toured, last month they played their 225th show and sold their
2,000th CD.Though they try to disguise their compositions with complex
harmonies and intricate guitar, there’s no escaping that what they sing
are fun original pop songs that aim to make you smile.
BROTHERS: two fellas with an uncanny resemblance and a
shared affinity for country, blues, folk and old rock & roll music,
guitar, bass and singin'. Michael Faubion and Tom Torvie adopted
each other as musical brothers when people started asking if they were
brothers and some would not be convinced they weren't. Surrendering to
the undeniable, they acknowledged they had each found in the other
another brother, hence, the Nuther Brothers.
From years of playing the
roadhouses and honky-tonks of Western America, they produced an instant
and diverse repertoire of crowd-pleasing tunes—some familiar, some
obscure, and some original. Since neither of these guys has any respect
for tradition, most every song gets shuffled around some to fit their
own debonair style.
Stefanie Bouchard and Melissa Glaves, are from the Kenai Soldotna area.
They joined forces in 2006 as The Charmers Daughters. Their music
cannot be pinned to any one genre; spanning folk, blues, rock, and
country. Musically tied for more than 9 years, these two
singer/songwriters have forged a bond of music that continues to grow
and blossom with time, road trips and a splash of wine! Their
harmonious partnership has taken them all over Alaska and into the
Pacific Northwest. This is real life, "Git with it!!!"
WHITNEY is a fisher poet. He was just six years old when
his family moved to Alaska many years ago. He has lived in Wrangell,
Fairbanks, Nondalton, Kasilof and Soldotna where he is currently
living. In all of his years here, he has worked as a carpenter,
roustabout, pipefitter, ski instructor, big game guide, commercial
fisherman, and school teacher. He currently works for the Kenai
Peninsula School District as an eighth grade language arts teacher at
Skyview Middle School just out of Soldotna.
Clark draws from his years
of experience in Alaska as he writes short stories, poems and songs. He
has performed in Kenai, Alaska and at the annual Fisher Poets Gathering
in Astoria, Oregon for the past two years. He sings mostly Pacific Sea
is making his second appearance at the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music
Festival after raves from last year’s work with the Song Writers’
Workshop and the ease with which he could accompany other groups with
his upright bass, piano or vocal harmonies. Also as a “stand alone”
musician, he is entertaining and accomplished. Kevin’s musical
style is influenced greatly by his studies and travels and resides
mainly at an intersection of root rock and folk pop. He’s at his very
best in live performance; his songs come to life through stories of the
people and places that inspire them.
DAVE, “Alaska’s Favorite Cheechako,” is celebrating his
40th anniversary as a professional performer, marking a journey that
started in 1975 in the nightclubs and pizza joints of greater
Washington, D.C. His trail of broken hearts and broken strings has
taken him to Nashville, Southern California, Las Vegas, South Florida
and, finally, The Great Land. Dave is known for his quirky original
songs about life in the Last Frontier, including “A Grizzly Stole My
Salmon But She Let Me Keep My Arm” and the Sarah Palin-inspired “Please
Don’t Ask Me About Her.” The singer-guitarist’s cockeyed views and
crowd-pleasing demeanor have made him a favorite at events from
Chickenstock to Salmonstock to the Alaska State Fair. This is his
second appearance at this festival.
2015 Seldovia Summer
Solstice Music Festival Program of Events !!
Thursday, June 18-
The festivities begin with the performers boarding the Seldovia Bay
Ferry in Homer at 11:00 am for an hour ride of greeting and mixing it
up with a jam session of favorite tunes to get everyone warmed up and
in the spirit. Any festival attendees are welcome to ride for a
sneak preview of what’s to come and to enjoy the breathtaking view!
The performers will be greeted by the Seldovia Arts Council members and
host families who will take them to their housing before the fun
begins! There will be time to stroll around to find the school and to
check out the town before the “Meet and Greet” held at the Linwood Bar
and Grill starting at 5:30 pm where you can catch an early dinner
before attending the very popular OPEN MIC' at the Susan B. English
School with sign-ups at 7:30 pm and a start time of 8 pm. This is for
the community members, visitors, or performers who would like to share
a song, poem, story, or tune. This is always a fun, often a surprising
opportunity to have a moment of stardom!
Friday, June 19-
This year we are giving the community and visitors an opportunity to
hear short “Samplers” from the performers of what’s to come at the
Friday and Saturday evening concerts! There will be several places
throughout town that will host the performers during the day; depending
on the weather, they may find themselves on a sunny deck or playing in
our new harbor pavilion! At noon be sure to drop by the Seldovia
Village Tribe (a major Festival sponsor) at the Alaska Tribal Cache
Building for the Tribe’s Annual Picnic and a chance to hear Pamyua
play. The main concert begins at 6:15 pm at Susan B. English School
with the headliners and six of our 11 group lineup performing.
Check out the schedule as time gets closer.
Expect an intermission so you can scoop up a CD of your favorite
performer(s), and visit the commons for a delicious dessert and
support the Children’s Fine Arts Camp!
Saturday, June 20-
Saturday always peps up our day with the popular YOGA hour (8:30 am) at
the Seldovia Sea Otter Community Center followed by the favorite SONG
CIRCLE at the Boardwalk Hotel deck (or tent) at 10:00 am with our
musicians jamming and sharing tunes over lattes and/or breakfast. This
is a lot of fun and all are welcome.
Saturday afternoon (1 -4 pm) is a favorite with the performers holding
workshops for kids as well as the community and visitors. There will be
several choices offered each hour including many “how-to” compose,
teach, play, tune, drum or sing. Pick and choose whatever looks
fun and see how the artists inspire the love of their talents. In
between all the happenings, there will be a chance to browse the shops,
watch the boats come and go, or take a short walk or hike to our
beaches or along the Otterbahn Trail which begins next to the
school. Don’t forget to periodically check out how our visiting artists
with “En Plein Air” are doing creating their masterpieces throughout
The main concert begins at 6:15 pm at Susan B. English School with the
headliners and six of our 11 group lineup performing. Check out
the schedule as time gets closer.
Sunday, June 21-
Sunday brings to a close a very busy weekend but not before you get to
view the work of our En Plen Air artists and then attend the very
popular GOSPEL SING. We will end the fine arts portion of the
celebration with an En Plen Air silent auction on Sunday, June 21st
starting at 11:30 am until 1:30 pm with snacks and coffee available.
The public viewing space at Seldovia’s new pavilion, located adjacent
to the boat harbor, will be the place where all can view each artist’s
work and where the auction will take place. The Gospel Sing will begin
at 2:00 pm (location to be announced); bring your own instrument and/or
voice to join along with the festival performers and the community.
Song books will be provided.
There is just enough time left to grab your personal belongings and an
ice cream cone before saying good-bye to new and old friends and a
memorable weekend of fun, song, and fond memories from a very special
place by the sea! The Seldovia Bay Ferry departs at 4:30 pm. Thanks for
coming and see you next year!!!
The entire festival passes are: adults $49, teens $16, and kids under
12 Free. Single night performances are: adults $25 and teens $8. Early
bird festival passes (adults $39 and teens $15) are available locally
at Thyme on the Boardwalk and Linwood Bar and Grill until 5 pm
Wednesday, June 17th .
us on Facebook: Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival.
Authored by Margie McCord.
HTML by Sadi Synn, May 27, 2015
Concert Performance Schedule
Friday, June 19
FOR THE SOUL
GUTTU & ELENA LUKINA
Saturday, June 20
GUTTU & ELENA LUKINA
|All evening performances will be in the Susan B. English School Commons.
The gate opens for seating at 6:00 pm; admission is by ticket only. Proceeds
from t-shirt sales benefit the Seldovia Arts Council and help fund the solstice
festival; sale of CDs benefits the artists and performers.
Food sales benefit the
Fine Arts Camp (Jul 13-18).
Restrooms for festival attendees are in hallways adjacent to the school Commons;
ask at the gate for directions. Food and drink are not permitted in the
Commons or classrooms. The school is a non-smoking area. Lost & Found is at
the gate during the festival; after the festival lost items may be retrieved from
the Seldovia City Office (907-234-7643).
Ynvil Vatn Guttu
and Elena Lukina
Playing in Alternative
David Lynn Grimes
Guitar Fret Board
Playing Well Together:
Shelby and Tieg and
Food for the Soul
Parlor in the Round:
Kevin Worrell and
Beyond the Hohum Strum/
Put the Lead in Your Rhythm:
The Nuther Brothers
Composing to Completion:
Hurricane Dave and
The Healing Power of Music:
The Charmer’s Daughters
SELDOVIA ARTS COUNCIL
Summer Solstice Music Festival Crew
Organizing Committee: Darlene Crawford, Suzie Stranik, Betsy Scott,
Margie McCord, Rebecca Lambourn, Laurel Hilts, Sadi Synn, Tobben, Brian
Slover and Tania Spurkland
Ad Design: Laurel HIlts
Dessert Sales: Margie McCord
Emcees: Laurel Hilts and Kevin Worrell
En Plein Air: Brian Slover & Tania Spurkland
Financials and Sponsorship: Darlene Crawford and Tobben Spurkland
Gate: Darlene Crawford and Tobben Spurkland
Green Room: Ted and Patti Stallings
Housing: Jerry Stranik
Local Performances: Rebecca Lambourn and Betsy Scott
Open Mic: Laurel Hilts
Merchandise: Tania Spurkland and Heidi Swearington
Performer Dinner: Suzie Stranik
Performer Packet: Suzie Stranik
Photography: Darlene Crawford
Program: Darlene Crawford, Rebecca Lambourn and Tania Spurkland
Program Design: Kathleen George
Program Printing: Donated by Seldovia Village Tribe
Publicity: Margie McCord, Tania Spurkland, Suzie Stranik and Laurel Hilts
Sound: Sadi Synn
Stage Design: Betsy Scott and Laurel Hilts
Stage Managers: Bob Moser and Rosanna McInnes
Travel: Darlene Crawford
Venue Setup: Tobben Spurkland and Sadi Synn
Website: Sadi Synn
Workshops: Rebecca Lambourn
Yoga: Jennifer Gordan
Thank you to the many Seldovia Arts Council and other community
members who helped plan and stage this festival.
A special thank you to
Renee Purpura for cheerfully helping out with the use of the school
thanks in advance to all those folks who turn out to help us clean up:
Monday 10am (or as announced at Saturday’s performance)
Seldovia Arts Council
Chairman of the Board: Tobben Spurkland
Vice -chairman: Rebecca Lambourn
Treasurer: Darlene Crawford
Secretary: Laurel Hilts
Board of Directors: Suzie Stranik, Sadi Synn,
Betsy Scott, Brian Slover, Tania Spurkland,
Margie McCord and Stephanie Blanchard
The Seldovia Arts Council thanks its
Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival
The Seldovia Arts Council would like to especially thank the Alaska State
Council on the Arts for their continued support of the arts programming in
Gerald M. Stranik DDS
Seldovia Village Tribe
Tania & Tobben Sprukland
Elitewood Cabinets, Ed Packer
Tim & Savanna Lethin
Laid Back in Seldovia
Mary Jo Stanley
Ted & Ginny Moore
Lew & Jackie Dickinson
Gary L. Saudy, DDS
Betsy Scott & Stuart Felberg
Margie & Byron McCord
Carolyn A. Strand
John & Andrea Dittrich
Jay-Brant Construction LLC
John M. Sedor
Hopkins Brothers Construction
Ken Morton & Dolly Larkin
Margie & Byron McCord
Gary L. Saudy & John Sparaga
Suzie & Jerry Stranik
Tania & Tobben Spurkland
Val & Zane Henning
Ginny & Ted Moore
Rebecca Lambourn & Stanley Coleman
Gary F. Milton
Joy and Roy Watanabe
Dave and Dan Jorgensen
Other in-kind donations
Seldovia Village Tribe
Susan B. English School
Seldovia Chamber of Commerce
City of Seldovia
Thyme on the Boardwalk
Linwood Bar And Grill
How it's been previously,
Last year's festival page link
updated 2015, June 14