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.

Lovely Regional Weeks 

As you may be able to tell, this blog here is slowly becoming our new NEWS page. All of our updates and musings will be posted here as often as humanly possible. We’re a little behind at the moment due to the intensity of our Work. HuDost has played about 9+ regional performances in the past two weeks and will now start preparing for a 2+ month tour which will lead us again to the NC, TN, Florida, Texas, New Mexico (yes, it’s been over two years folks and we’re PSYCHED!) and even Cali!

Our recent duo shows have been magnificient! Highlights include a visit to the Beloved Integral Yoga Institute in NYC. The show was one of those ‘effortless’ magical evenings where the muse and music flowed through with perfection and ease with lots of room for experimentation and improvisation thrown in. We also returned to the always lovely and beautiful PSALM in Philadelphia. It’s really just an excuse to see Jamey… We also got to see a lot of old friends in the DC area and meet some new ones including performing with Wynne Paris, Stream and crew at Contradiction Dance Studio.

This past Thursday we had a last minute surprise gig put forth upon us for the City of Pittsfield’s 3rd Thursday concert series. We opened up for a Psychedelic Philly band called ‘Astroid #4’. I realized SOMETHING was up when I saw their Rickenbackers in the distance while playing my pink fake Tele. Again, this evening’s show seemed to be aligned perfectly with the synchronistic forces of coincidence control. As the first song of the night faded, a siren flew down the street trailing off in perfect key. Moksha mentioned to the audience that we paid extra to have the fire department perform that stunt. Little did we know that the fun was only just beginning.

Toward the end of ‘Cresnijica Je Obrodila’ where we head down the path into the unknown tension of war torn noise, a slew of race cars began revving their engines in time and tune to create a perfected sonic alchemy in the streets. We were guided by the magickal hand of our new soundman buddy Don Harris, who helped twist the knobs with just the right amount of delay, compression, as the sacred ground of the church we were playing on as well as the City of Pittsfield were treated to a finely tuned segue into a devastating ‘guitar tabla’ churchbell version of ‘Baboom’. The bells started precisely as ‘Creshijica’ faded away and continued to play on and disappear just as the last ‘BA-BOOM!’ reverberated the Earth and then it was “Goodnight Pittsfield We LOVE YOU!”  Thank you all for participating and Being a part of it.

To top off the weirdness, I changed from my sweaty gigs clothes into my new gear packing shirt graced by images of our good friends from the band The Church. All of a sudden, we were in deep conversation with ‘Astroid#4’ about The Church and which were our favorite records and the fact that they did a cover of ‘To Be in Your Eyes’ on their own record. Why is it that The Church or it’s members are always involved in intense cosmic synchronicity events? Can someone explain this?

Anyway, who knew the City of Pittsfield was turning into such a groovy place? The night before we played the WordXWord Fest and made an appearance on ‘Good Morning Pittsfield ‘ on WTBR with James Campagna who was a ‘might nice bloke’. :)

In any case, we’ll be sharing more and more in the coming weeks as things develop. New songs are being written. New cover songs are being learned. We’re also working on a HuDost Songbook and a Documentary DVD on the ‘Making of Trapeze’.

One last plug for now….We are about to venture into a doing a monthly newsletter on top of all this new blogging that will be going on. These newsletters will often contain exclusive content including new demos of songs for feedback and review. Right now if you’re not already on our mailng list, please head on over to http://www.hudost.com and sign up for our ‘StreetTeam’ and we’ll send you an MP3 of a new piece we’re working on.  Thank you for the LOVE!

Duo stage setup at the beautiful PSALM in Philly

Duo stage setup at the beautiful PSALM in Philly

Pre-Show GreenRoom@PSALM in Philly

Pre-Show GreenRoom@PSALM in Philly

8AM on 'Good Morning Pittsfield' WTBR with James Campagna

8AM on 'Good Morning Pittsfield' WTBR with James Campagna

Moksha and Mollie hang with Ruff Ruffman from WGBH@Boston GreenFest

Moksha and Mollie hang with Ruff Ruffman from WGBH@Boston GreenFest

FloydFest a.k.a. Yummy Piece of Music Cake 

How many people are required as a minimum for the feeling of a family unit to commence? Three? Four? And, on the other end of the spectrum, what is the maximum capacity for the feeling of family to be retained?… FloydFest holds the answer to this question. We have attended and performed at an ongoing slew of festivals and I must say that I am quite impressed that FloydFest has made such conscious efforts to retain the overall sensations of familial reciprocity and joy with an attendance of approximately 13500 people. They have a fantastic recycling program that has children at every station informing people of what to do with their trash (these children are far more competent in this capacity than any of the adults who come to them with sullied hands, confused expressions and gifts of garbage…actually, it is a fascinating role reversal). They have designated bar tents so that alcohol consumption and the littering that results is confined to certain areas. They have amazingly good and respectably healthy food. And, here is the kicker; they have phenomenally great music that inspires all of the people present. We were happy to be a part of the bill of wonderful performers.

We were present in seven-piece mode (two percussionists- Julian Douglas and Michael Rutherford, kit drummer- Ocie Davis, Bass- Dan Walters, Sarah Bowman- Cello and back up vocals, and of course, Jemal on Guitars and back up vocals and myself on lead vocals and harmonium). It was quite the posse. I adored playing with such an attentive and synched crew of excellent musicians. I have come to a place in my musicianship with HuDost where I adore the opposite extremes…either the raw, intimate and stripped down duo mode of Jemal and I (the addition of Sarah to this is lovely), or the full powerful shebang of the larger ensemble. All of that to say that at FloydFest we somehow delivered both intimacy and large-scale rock. Audiences expressed this very thing to us…I salute the fantastic happy dancing audiences that were present at our shows.

We also had the opportunity to attend the shows of some fabulous bands including Blues Traveler (who I had never listened to before and was bedazzled by what they do musically), the Lee Boys, The New Familiars, Belleville Outfit, and a huge slew of others. Yay FloydFest!

Oh, one last thing, the mountains of Virginia are unbelievably gorgeous. A glance in any direction will yield potentially phenomenal photographic results. I would love to go back with nothing but camping supplies. And, possibly a guitar. Ok, and maybe a small recording devise. But nothing else. Seriously. Oh, did I mention gourmet campfire food? But that is it. I swear.

– Moksha Sommer

Ya Huuuuu-ing in the Mountains! 

HuDost at Club Helsinki

HuDost at Club Helsinki

Ahhhh…the Berkshires….where the sun ripples across the mountain range amidst ostentatious clumpings of clouds that unleash all that they have to offer in sudden spasms and then leave bearing mists of quiet. Yes, we are in the Berkshires. Can you tell? We spent most of this last week leading morning classes with Devi Tide at the Abode of the Message. The classes focused on exploring the beauty of the body, mind, heart and soul. We also did performances last Saturday at Club Helsinki in Great Barrington and this Saturday with The Bowmans (twin sisters with amazing musicianship and excellent songwriting) opening for us and then joining us on our set. It is always a delight to have them sing and play with us. Quite a merging and union of voices can be explored when twin vocalists are at hand. This weekend we will be performing three times at FloydFest (in Floyd, VA). If you are headed in that direction you must track us down. Please. Thank you.

I have, of course, spent a good portion of this summer in my home tuft of Quebecois Canadia and upstate NY. There is something so magnificent to me about the periods in summer when, and the locations in which, there is a hint of cold that exists. It is the force that inspires moss to flounder and flowers to flubber. It is the condition that awakens the absolute delight in the heat of summer by offering a hair of contrast. It is what smirkily smiles at the embryonic songs that have found their habitation in me and says “come on out”.

– Moksha Sommer

***All Abode photos by Jane Feldman

The Bowmans@The Abode of the Message

The Bowmans@The Abode of the Message

HuDost duo @ The Abode

HuDost duo @ The Abode

HuDost w/Sarah Bowman on cello

HuDost w/Sarah Bowman on cello

Moksha and The Bowmans go for it solo.

Moksha and The Bowmans go for it solo.

JW & Sarmad contemplate the next fashion trend post-gig @ The Abode

JW & Sarmad contemplate the next fashion trend post-gig @ The Abode

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Apr4

HuDost @ The Farm Educational Conference Center

The Farm Educational Conference Center, Summertown, TN

We are excited to be performing at this famous and amazing place; The Farm Educational Conference Center...this is a place that has transformed the birth industry and has been a refuge for many. We will be performing with our dear friend Allaudin Ottinger.

Here is a link for overnight accommodations for anyone wanting to come down from Nashville or wherever:
http://thefarmcommunity.com/accommodations/

Here is the link for my dance weekend with Allaudin:
http://greenliferetreats.com/april-5-7-spring-dances-of-universal-peace/
Apr5

HuDost @ Peace.Strength.Yoga

Peace.Strength.Yoga, Chattanooga, TN

HuDost will give a concert of Sufi Kirtan Music and be joined by the lovely Lori Michelle Love for a beautiful opening set. Come join us in music, joy, and beauty!
Apr6

HuDost @ HuDost- 'of Water + Mercy' Album Release Concert in Atlanta

HuDost- 'of Water + Mercy' Album Release Concert in Atlanta, Decatur, GA

Please join us as we welcome HuDost BACK to ATLANTA for this awesome Swaha Productions event, with opening guest Narayani!

$20 in Advance $25 at the door.
Location TBD; tickets and website update coming soon!

With new CDs AND vinyl albums on hand, HuDost is touring to promote their latest work of love, "of Water + Mercy".

It is a very nostalgic and sweet return with this concert & workshop collaboration. HuDost helped to transition Swaha Productions a few years ago from old phase to new phase...And now we are entering another re-birth together!
Apr7

HuDost @ HuDost Workshop; Transformation by Creative & Spiritual Process

HuDost Workshop; Transformation by Creative & Spiritual Process, Decatur, GA

This workshop is not just for artists but for anyone wishing to foster healing, prosperity, love, and an open channel with a greater unlimited source.

Creativity is a very powerful spiritual tool. Spiritual practice is a very effectual creative tool. By using creative practice we unlock impressions that we do not need to hold in our psyches and in our spirits, to liberate love and empathy in ways we have never previously known.

Spiritual practice can have an incredible partnering effect with creative process by opening the space within our beings and lives for astonishing inspiration and forming a partnership that fosters healthy humans who are manifesting incredible creative works.

This workshop will explore breath, sound, movement, rhythm, emotion and presence through spiritual work with creative expression. Teachings on healing will be explored. The group will be encouraged to dance and sing their way through the clearing of blocked channels and will venture through these practices with singing, dancing, drawing, and writing exercises.

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.
Participants must bring their own writing and art supplies.

$25 in Advance $30 at the door
**special pricing available for advance purchase online of BOTH the concert and workshop.

Location TBD; tickets and website update soon!
May18

HuDost @ Cincy VegFest 2019

Cincy VegFest 2019, Oh, Cincinatti

At the Cincy VegFest we’re serving up a variety of talks, classes, and workshops with national and internationally known presenters, musicians, authors, artists, and chefs unfolding a path to a more peaceful world through compassionate plant-sourced vegan living. Delicious and diverse plant-sourced meal choices are exquisitely prepared and offered by a variety of our exhibitors. Be inspired by an assortment of presenters while enjoying a day of live music, mouth-watering food, and connecting with community.

FREE event. More details to come.

www.cincyvegfest.com

Facebook Invite:
https://www.facebook.com/events/417930435356202/