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The music of HuDost, the Neo Folk World Rock Ensemble from Montreal and KY, weaves a seamless tapestry of sound that renders tears and laughter in listeners, cultivating that nameless longing that abides somewhere in all our hearts. HuDost’s core musicians are Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines. Having toured the US, Canada, and Europe constantly since April 2006, HuDost has grown and expanded, travelled rocky and glorious terrain and marveled at all they can learn and explore. Moksha and Jemal Wade, in this time have grown as artists, as seekers, as a couple and as a family. In 2013 their amazing son was brought into the world.

Creative Vulnerability 

As many of you know, we are a little over a week into our 61-day fundraising campaign for our new album. I’ve included more info about it below, but want to share a little bit from the personal front. 

Sometimes as an artist I feel fragmented and unclear on the direction that I am taking. We are not talking about overall life direction or ideals, but rather the step by step process. I can’t tell you how often I feel like I am processing too much information, have too many areas of inspiration and pull of attention, have confusion over my own identity as a mother, performer, creator, activist, and seeker. Such a huge part of life and of creating art and songs is trusting in the process of unknowing. It is so uncomfortable, vulnerable, and risky. The best music and art that I have ever made is when I take risks….because if the space of unknowing is given the heed it deserves and one surrenders to trust, there will be lots of blunders, but also moments of magic. In the creation of this album, we have pushed ourselves to take risks…as a result, there are lots of songs/blunders that will NOT be on the album…but what IS on the album is the evidence of several risks that resulted in magic. Pure magic. 

We are talking about taking risks without attachment. No preciousness allowed (not that it doesn’t come later). What it demands is openness and the willingness to release one’s own identity, claims, aims, daily details, and fears. Sounds familiar? That’s what I thought…this is not just the creative process…this is the life process. It is in the moments that we can return to un-presuming openness that our true selves make way for beauty. Some of my favorite people- you know, the ones that you love without fear but who still know how to roast you when you need it- are people who know this place; they are people who take risks by allowing themselves to step into the unknown. 

Through the process of this creation I have also taken a stance that is new for me…I have always been someone who pushes myself hard and wants an obvious goal. With this, instead of focusing totally on the goal, I have asked myself if I am taking joy in the process itself. As a result, I am loving the process. Ironically, the goal keeps becoming more clear and the bar is higher than ever. It is by stepping out of our own way that the road seems to open. 

Right now we are still in the final creation phase with the album. We are also heading out on tour. We are also doing this campaign… Talk about a juggling of identities! Doing this campaign to raise the funds for the album also feels like stepping into the vulnerable unknown. It is an ego shaking act of trust. A few years ago we went through this and were blown away by the kindness and support we were given. It was very humbling and empowering. We are in the same place now. We ask that you step into the unknown with us…we are asking you for an act of trust. We can’t wait to share the album with you and have you be part of the magic. 

As a reminder, this is a fundraising campaign for our long-awaited new album of all original material. This album is being mixed by multi-Grammy and CMA winner Vance Powell. He’s a top tier producer/mixer who’s worked with artists such as Jack White (White Stripes), Chris Stapleton, Pearl Jam, Willie Nelson, Buddy Guy, Beyonce, Beck, Alicia Keys, Melissa Etheridge, and a slew of others. And, to add to this excitement, Dan Haseltine from the Grammy winning band Jars of Clay has been on board to help with production!) All of the info is here: 

https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/hudost 

New Album- ‘of Water + Mercy’- PledgeMusic Campaign 

Twelve years ago we took a big leap and began touring and creating music as HuDost on a full time basis. At the time it felt like a wild and vulnerable thing to do. We have come a long way and have had an incredible journey, and every now and then it still feels just as brave and crazy as when we first started. Now is one of those times. We invite you to take this next step with us. 

We have just launched the fundraising campaign for our long-awaited new album of all original material. This album is being mixed by multi-Grammy and CMA winner Vance Powell. He’s a top tier producer/mixer who’s worked with artists such as Jack White (White Stripes), Chris Stapleton, Pearl Jam, Willie Nelson, Buddy Guy, Beyonce, Beck, Alicia Keys, Melissa Etheridge, Kings of Leon and a slew of others. And, to add to this excitement, Dan Haseltine from the Grammy winning band Jars of Clay has been on board to help with production! Not only that, in addition to some of our team of wonderful musicians, all of the band members of Jars of Clay are musically involved and we have written a very new song with Dan that will be on the album. The sound of the album already feels like a major stepping stone for us and we have pushed ourselves as songwriters, collaborators, and, well heck, LOVE-creators! 

Here is the link for the campaign: 

www.pledgemusic.com/hudost 

We are asking for your contribution to help make this record a reality! The funding will help in paying the musicians & engineers as well as mixing, mastering, artwork, printing CDs & Vinyl, video production for a few songs as well as marketing & PR! 

We ask you to be the underwriters for our future; allowing us to give this album everything it deserves and opening new opportunities for us as performers. 

We have super-fun pre-orders and exclusives and hope that you will check them out! 

We will be giving a portion of the total campaign proceeds to Blood:Water. This is a non-profit that was founded by Dan Haseltine and Jars of Clay. Blood:Water equips African Organizations as they work to address the water and HIV/AIDS crises in their communities. More information is available here: https://www.bloodwater.org 

We are beyond excited about the songs, how they sound, and the musicians on board! The songs are about positive conscious action in the world, the brutal beauty of being human, being a family and the losses and triumphs that come with life. 

We feel a lot of love for this collection of tunes. It includes some of our long time favorite original HuDost songs that we have not yet released that many of you have been asking for for a long time and some very new songs you’ve never heard. 

Please watch the video for more info! 

www.pledgemusic.com/hudost

Exciting Season! 

We are currently working on a new album that has AMAZING special guests. We will share our big news with you soon...We are very happy with the direction the album is heading and can't wait to share it with you!

We have also begun a wonderful season of touring! All of our tour dates are HERE. They include Unifier Festival, Hillside Festival, Levitt AMP, Blessed Coast Music Festival, Beloved Festival, and more that we will be announcing soon! 

(Photo from Beloved Festival by Kyler Wiltshire)

Full Episode STOP! TV Feature on HuDost 

We are featured as the latest episode for Canada's Stop! TV program filmed at our August show in Frelighsburg, Quebec. Producer Maurice Singfield did an amazing job on this and there's great interview footage with Moksha, Jemal Wade, Chuck, Mike & Grace including us talking about our ONE Campaign work. There's a lot of music too including a new song called 'Benevolence Day'.  

BIG THANKS to Rusty James for dialing in the sound and to Vicki Tansey for the beautiful space. Huge gratitude to Reverend Guitars, Nord Keyboards, Stone Custom Drum L.L.C., Los Cabos Drumsticks, SABIAN, Gretsch Guitars & harmonium from Mid-East Mfg. Final audio mix by Jemal Wade Hines & Mastered by Oz Fritz. ENJOY! 


We are Incredibly Thankful to the Canada Council for the Arts 

We are very fortunate to have received a grant from The Canada Council for the Arts for Arts Abroad. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. Yes!! Thank you!!

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays. Merci!!

 

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Jun22

HuDost @ Unifier Festival

Unifier Festival, Tolland Center, MA

HuDost is excited to be one of the Main Stage evening acts for Unifier Festival!Honoring and bringing together different sub-cultures, Unifier Festival is a sacred World Music Festival, a Healing & Expressive Arts Festival, and a Yoga Festival, all in one! We curate a beautiful space for live art shows, dance parties, ceremonies, Permaculture, sculptural works, and circus arts. We invite you to come care for the land, eat organic food, and be inspired all weekend long, from children to elders and all of the in between!By attending this gathering and by showing up in all of your unique beauty, you will be supporting the creation of a place where people join in sharing creativity, culture, knowledge and wisdom through various mediums in the healing and expressive arts realm. We do this while consciously focusing on a healthy symbiotic relationship to the natural world.Ceremony, Live Music, Sacred Bass Music, Visual Arts, Yoga, Kirtan, Dance, Kid's Programming, Circus, Organic Food, Permaculture, Wisdom Keepers and Educators all on 417 community-owned acres of gorgeous Land with a lake for swimming.
Jun23

HuDost @ Unifier Festival

Unifier Festival, Tolland Center, MA

HuDost will be performing on the main stage on the Friday night of this awesome festival and giving a workshop on the Saturday!Honoring and bringing together different sub-cultures, Unifier Festival is a sacred World Music Festival, a Healing & Expressive Arts Festival, and a Yoga Festival, all in one! We curate a beautiful space for live art shows, dance parties, ceremonies, Permaculture, sculptural works, and circus arts. We invite you to come care for the land, eat organic food, and be inspired all weekend long, from children to elders and all of the in between!By attending this gathering and by showing up in all of your unique beauty, you will be supporting the creation of a place where people join in sharing creativity, culture, knowledge and wisdom through various mediums in the healing and expressive arts realm. We do this while consciously focusing on a healthy symbiotic relationship to the natural world.Ceremony, Live Music, Sacred Bass Music, Visual Arts, Yoga, Kirtan, Dance, Kid's Programming, Circus, Organic Food, Permaculture, Wisdom Keepers and Educators all on 417 community-owned acres of gorgeous Land with a lake for swimming.
Jun30

HuDost @ Cycles des Saisons- «Éléments» Célébration du Solstice d'Été 2018

Cycles des Saisons- «Éléments» Célébration du Solstice d'Été 2018, Stoneham-et-tewkesbury, QC

HuDost will be giving a concert as part of Cycles-des-SaisonsCycle des Saisons propose un espace de co-création pour célébrer le passage des saisons en communauté.Cet espace favorise la connexion à soi, aux autres, à la nature et au sacré grâce à diverses approches telles que l'art, le rituel, le jeu et le mouvement.
Jul8

HuDost @ Workshop With HuDost- Ottawa

Workshop With HuDost- Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

This workshop will explore breath, sound, movement, rhythm, emotion and presence through spiritual work with the elements. Teachings on breath and healing relative to the elements will be explored. The group will be encouraged to dance and sing their way through the clearing of blocked channels. As we venture through these practices, we will do drawing, painting, and writing exercises that explore wild mind and channeled poetry (inspired by the ways that Rumi, Hafiz, and others wrote). Participants will leave with their own visual and poetic expressions of what they can access by clearing the pathways to the source of omnipotent love. For as long as mystics, of any tradition, have lived, so has spiritual work with the elements. One of the consistencies evident in spiritual practice, throughout the globe, is an honoring and acknowledgement of the elements and their integration into various traditions of divinity; this is because they are an undeniably essential tool of discovery. You do not need to be an artist, dancer, or musician to take this workshop; it is open to all ages and bodies. Please bring your own art and writing supplies.
Jul13

HuDost @ Hillside Festival

Hillside Festival, Guelph, ON

HuDost is excited! ...About Hillside Festival:Set in a beautiful, accessible conservation area with campgrounds on Guelph Lake, our summer festival is world-renowned as one of Canada’s most progressive, environmentally conscious, completely non-commercial community celebrations. We create a village on Guelph Lake Island that we fill with music, dance, drumming, food, crafts, and more. Join us on the Island this summer! July 13 - 15, 2018
Jul14

HuDost @ Hillside Festival

Hillside Festival, Guelph, ON

HuDost is excited...about Hillside!:Set in a beautiful, accessible conservation area with campgrounds on Guelph Lake, our summer festival is world-renowned as one of Canada’s most progressive, environmentally conscious, completely non-commercial community celebrations. We create a village on Guelph Lake Island that we fill with music, dance, drumming, food, crafts, and more. Join us on the Island this summer! July 13 - 15, 2018
Jul20

HuDost @ Levitt AMP Woonsocket Music Series

Levitt AMP Woonsocket Music Series, Woonsocket, RI

HuDost is excited to be part of this wonderful Levitt AMP series! HuDost is the headliner on July 20thWoonsocket 2018 will be marked by music thanks to the generosity of the Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation. Starting June 29th the city will experience 10 consecutive Friday’s of music from 5pm-9pm in River Island Art Park. The acts range in musical genre including Salsa, Country, R & B, and Funk. They will be travelling from as far as California to perform in Woonsocket this summer. They are incredibly diverse, offering something for everyone and a whole of danceable rhythms. Acts were selected based on recommendations from the community and criteria from the series lead sponsor, the Levitt Foundation. The series aims to revitalize River Island Art Park through the power of free, live music, drawing locals and tourists alike to downtown Woonsocket.