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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.

Harmonium 

A little over a year ago I went through brain surgery to have a tumor removed. The tumor was located in my language center, and after the surgery the retrieval of nouns was almost impossible for me. I went through a great deal of speech therapy in order to re-train my brain to locate or re-learn words that had literally been cut from my consciousness. About a month after the surgery I discovered that if I sang what I was hoping to say in my mind the words would eventually come. I was not able to sing out loud for a couple of months because breathing tubes had been down my throat for many hours and may have scratched my vocal chords. As soon as I was given the go-ahead to sing, I pulled out my harmonium (pump organ) and began a daily practice of allowing all words to flow through me. I would do exercises of finding nouns and integrating them into song lyrics. These were clumsy practices that I was coming up with myself, but after a short period of time my speech therapist let me know that I was making rapid strides. The sound of the harmonium would reverberate through my mind and body and the way in which music utilizes one’s entire brain, as opposed to unique areas, pulled upon my intelligence and bore new regions to hold the newly acquired nouns.

I have returned my language skills to almost full restoration and music is still an essential process. I have also just been given a magnificent harmonium by Mid East manufacturing and find its sound to be wonderfully rich and refined. Check out their instruments at:

http://www.mid-east.com/index.asp

Music is the key to the expansion of the mind on numerous levels.

– Moksha Sommer

Trapeze Review by David Malachowski 

http://freemanonline.com/articles/2009/06/26/entertainment/doc4a4412f6cf7ba760758061.txt

HuDost’s album ‘Trapeze’ a luxurious effort

By David Malachowski
Reviewer

Based in New Lebanon, this self-proclaimed “experimental, indy, world, rock group” is really a collective revolving around leaders vocalist Moksha Sommer and guitarist Jemal Wade Hines.

This luxurious album opens with the intriguing “Trespasser,” as Sommer explains “find me a map/Throw me a line/I need a compass/I have not paddle left in hand” while careening down a highway of destiny and desire. Her voice hovers over layers of guitars, keyboards and an incessant bell, above it all, with an exquisite, captivating tone and delivery. “Carriage” opens up and is a bit more straightforward, though no less entrancing. Once again, Kingston’s Malcolm Burn makes magic as producer.

The hook-filled “Royal Mountain” is indeed heavenly as it heads skyward, an acoustic guitar drives “Waiting” which is a departure from the lush layers, almost Appalachian folk song, but again Moska Sommer triumphs. The layers do arrive eventually, one by one. “Buildup, Breakdown” is a highlight as it1s guitars weave in and out then vanish into the air.

Luminous cello from Sarah Bowman (the Bowmans) ups the ante for sure and her duet with Sommer; “Drowned in White” is simply stunning

But it’s Sommer who makes the magic here. Make no mistake about it, Moska Sommer is a star.

Visit www.hudost.com.

David Malachowski is a guitarist, producer and freelance journalist living in Woodstock. The Freeman seeks CDs by local artists or artists appearing locally for review. Please send all CDs (please no CD-Rs or demo CDs) to Daily Freeman c/o Preview, 79 Hurley Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401.

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The backwoods of the backwoods 

We are currently in the backwoods of Kentucky on our single day off as we roam through the whole southern quotient of the US. On Sunday night we performed at the Levitt Pavilion (a wonderful large outdoor performing arts venue) in Memphis, TN. We were graced with a marvelous crowd and an amazing staff at the Pavilion and offered our literally bipolar musical journeys to the fabulously hungry swarm.

 

Yesterday, after arriving in the densely wooded outskirts of Morgantown, KY, I walked Mollie (our fantastic road dog diva) for miles along the banks of a flooded river that was brimming with waters bearing the orange tones of its red clay underbelly. For the whole duration of the walk I saw, nor heard, no people, simply the sounds of life that are often crushed and hidden by traffic and human populations. I was long overdue for this type of a walk and soaked in the mist that gathered over the water, the sudden openings in the clouds that offered momentary glimpses of bright sunset ridden sky, and the fireflies that began to appear as dusk set in. Mollie ran in wild streaks up and down all of the paths for the full walk and ate three small stalks of corn.

 

Tomorrow we return to the road and will be playing Johnson City, Knoxville and Asheville this week before doing the trek to Quebec (home sweet home) and doing a show with Bell Orchestre (the instrumental side group of some of the members of Arcade Fire. I do love performing throughout the world but long for my own bed, land, close friends, family, and tea. I am ready to not awaken in different hotels every night and not remember where the bathroom is. Oy.

 

-Moksha Sommer

Tornado, Casino, TV and HuDost. 

As we entered Arlington, TX on Thursday night, we became ensconced in a state of freakishly opened eyes and goose-bumped skin as we stared at the clouds that were overtaking the horizon. Never before had I seen such ominous clouds. All around us lightning began to strike and not only was it striking a great deal and rather close to us, but it had an eerie pink hue to it. These elements became rapidly evident as clues that a storm I had never seen before was about to enshroud us. We drove at a snail’s pace through pounding rain that, at certain periods, was moving horizontally across the sky with the powerful winds. The roads that had been parched only hours before were suddenly flooded so that people’s cars became border line boats. When we finally arrived at the hotel and turned on the television that night, we discovered that a Tornado had hit and we had been on its periphery. Even when the tornado had passed, the rains refused to cease. Our hotel rooms were on the ninth floor, so we could see across to Dallas and Arlington and watch the lightning mapping itself across the landscape.

 

On Friday (yesterday!), our show was supposed to be in front of several hundred/ over a thousand people at a wonderful outdoor performing arts center called the Arlington Levitt Pavilion. Through the wild storm this fabulous venue had become an unwelcoming swamp. Our show was cancelled much to our chagrin.

 

Today, we performed on Television in Tulsa for the OklaTravelNews. Check out the link (we do not play until the last quarter of the program):

http://www.oklatravelnet.com/

 

On our way to Tulsa we stopped at gas station/ casino. I had never been in a casino before. Stephanie and I walked through the bardo of the slot machines that were propelling forward synchronized soothing tones (I have no doubt that this music is utilized to stimulate ease in the players and as a result bring forward more betting) and we humorously sang in harmony with the tones.

-Moksha Sommer

Is time linear? 

What percentage of the population has thought with valid depth about the difference in hues of the same colour? What percentage has contemplated the varying tones within each note? How many have the ability to discern between wines of the same brand? Between species of salamanders? Between the validity of astrophysics equations? Between different categories of generosity? Are these things that we all analyze whether we have the vocabulary to discuss them or not, or are these things that only certain people discover and delve into? (Is this the best question to ask on a rainy Sunday afternoon?).

I bring all of this up because I am thinking of it relative to age. There are studies that show that our perception and analysis of our environments is what affects our perception of time. Children are constantly encountering new concepts and learning. Thus, their days seem far longer. The older we get the less we are having to attempt to comprehend on a daily basis (especially those who seek to stay comfortable and not challenge their bodies or their minds or their comfort levels). For this reason, if our lives were mapped out based on our perception of time as opposed to the standard linear measurement of time, we would be reaching the middle of our lives in our early twenties. But what if we never stop attempting to see things (politically, socially, environmentally, literally, mystically, etc.) from new angles? Wouldn’t travel help with this equation? If so, I may have pushed my middle age to my late twenties and I should sporadically blame Wal Mart for not challenging me even further with new environments and encouraging premature aging.

I just realized, in the midst of writing this mental slur, that this may be a blog of encouragement to fans who would like to become groupies and travel all over the place. Here is my statement to you: if you come on the road, the food may cause you literal premature aging in the linear sense, but traveling and encountering a wide array of situations and people may give you far more extra years in the non-linear sense.

Okay…see you there.

M. Sommer

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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.