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Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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Award winning Superstar PAULA FUGA

“If you had to peg Paula Fuga into a certain music genre, it would be almost impossible. But if you had to? Something like modern Hawaiian soul might suffice. Paula is fueled by the grit and glamour of love. She is as tortured by it as she is inspired. And this is why everyone can relate to her. She is complex, intelligent and real with the depth and passion to become an icon.” JAMBASE

Many know her as the musician who tours with Jack Johnson or Mike Love. Or the musician who can make an thousands of people weep with joy. Or the musician who gave every single person – and there were thousands - chicken skin at the Kokua Festival. Paula Fuga’s fingertips and soul are on fire and the Pacific Rim Conference is pleased to share her with you.

Exquisite vocals, powerful lyrics and gorgeous melodies have earned Paula widespread critical praise and an incredibly dedicated fan base. Paula Fuga is a musician on a mission. Though many play music for the platitudes or acclaim, Paula plays music for a culture, spreading the thoughtful and evocative voice of the Hawaiian people across the world. Not content to be merely a widely respected artist, Paula has taken on the mantle of cultural ambassador—using her talent as an instrument to help bring about positive social change within her islands and beyond.

Got Opera? We do. It’s Laurie Rubin

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Ms. Rubin has performed with the likes of conductor John Williams and opera star Frederica von Stade. She has presented concerts at London's Wigmore Hall, The Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center and the White House, among others, presenting concert programs that tell her unique story through music. Her newest album Do You Dream In Color? coincides with her critically acclaimed memoir of the same name, published in October 2012 by Seven Stories Press. Both relay the humor and emotion that are a part of her experiences as a blind singer.  The title track of the album, co-written by Rubin and composer Bruce Adolphe, was premiered in its orchestral version in a performance Rubin gave at the International Human Rights Conference in Lucerne Switzerland, and in a performance Rubin gave with the LA Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Rubin is co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of Ohana Arts (HI), a performing arts festival and school. In 2013, she embarked on an extensive North American concert and book tour. Ms. Rubin also took part in the competitive Lucas Artist Residency Program’s Composers & Musicians Fellowship at the Montalvo Arts Center with composer/producer Jennifer Taira to write and produce their new pop album, branded under the pop duo name, PureLand.