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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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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.
Jul28

HuDost @ Blessed Coast Music, Yoga & Arts Festival

Blessed Coast Music, Yoga & Arts Festival, Squamish

Facebook invite here:https://www.facebook.com/events/135464147114137/ The 4th annual Blessed Coast Music, Yoga & Arts Festival will be held from July 27 to the 30th on Unceded Coast Salish Territory, in Squamish, BC!Blessed Coast 2018 offers a curated line-up of ground-breaking local and international Artists, DJs and Producers that we can't wait to announce in the coming months.Blessed Coast also hosts BC’s favourite Yoga Teachers, Speakers and Wisdom Keepers in our Yoga Shala and Workshop spaces. These classes and workshops will take place in breathtaking surroundings, with 360° views of snow-capped mountains. Our festival is both family and eco-friendly. This year’s event is 100% powered by renewable energy! Cheekye Ranch is an amazing 88-acre property in the heart of the Squamish Valley, and offers Riverside and Meadow Camping. Working with lineage holding Coast Salish elders to bring the ancient ways of ceremony into the modern culture of celebration, is an important part of what we do. In our work with these elders each of our staff and guests is acting on behalf of their own ancestry. We invite you to join us for this 3-day celebration of this beautiful coastal community.RV and Car Camping Available. Group and Tent Camping spaces are limited, so book yours now. Day Passes available. KIDS UNDER 12 ARE FREE. We also provide a full schedule of Children’s entertainment and family activities.We joyously anticipate your arrival on the land in Squamish!
Jul29

HuDost @ Blessed Coast Music, Yoga & Arts Festival

Blessed Coast Music, Yoga & Arts Festival, Squamish

Facebook invite here:https://www.facebook.com/events/135464147114137/ The 4th annual Blessed Coast Music, Yoga & Arts Festival will be held from July 27 to the 30th on Unceded Coast Salish Territory, in Squamish, BC!Blessed Coast 2018 offers a curated line-up of ground-breaking local and international Artists, DJs and Producers that we can't wait to announce in the coming months.Blessed Coast also hosts BC’s favourite Yoga Teachers, Speakers and Wisdom Keepers in our Yoga Shala and Workshop spaces. These classes and workshops will take place in breathtaking surroundings, with 360° views of snow-capped mountains. Our festival is both family and eco-friendly. This year’s event is 100% powered by renewable energy! Cheekye Ranch is an amazing 88-acre property in the heart of the Squamish Valley, and offers Riverside and Meadow Camping. Working with lineage holding Coast Salish elders to bring the ancient ways of ceremony into the modern culture of celebration, is an important part of what we do. In our work with these elders each of our staff and guests is acting on behalf of their own ancestry. We invite you to join us for this 3-day celebration of this beautiful coastal community.RV and Car Camping Available. Group and Tent Camping spaces are limited, so book yours now. Day Passes available. KIDS UNDER 12 ARE FREE. We also provide a full schedule of Children’s entertainment and family activities.We joyously anticipate your arrival on the land in Squamish!
Aug3

HuDost @ Spirituality and Creative Process- Power and Transformation

Spirituality and Creative Process- Power and Transformation, Seattle, WA

August 3-5This retreat will be led by Devi Tide (head of the Sufi Healing Order) and Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines (the leaders of HuDost).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. Creativity can 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. Together creative process and spiritual practice form a partnership that fosters healthy humans who are manifesting incredible creative works. 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. 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. We will venture through these practices with singing, dancing, drawing, painting, and writing exercises that explore wild mind and channeled poetry. 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. To register, please contact: mokshasommer@hudost.comPrice: $290Early registration: $265Location: TBD
Aug4

HuDost @ Retreat- Spirituality and Creative Process- Power and Transformation

Retreat- Spirituality and Creative Process- Power and Transformation, Seattle, WA

August 3-5This retreat will be led by Devi Tide (head of the Sufi Healing Order) and Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines (the leaders of HuDost).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. Creativity can 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. Together creative process and spiritual practice form a partnership that fosters healthy humans who are manifesting incredible creative works. 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. 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. We will venture through these practices with singing, dancing, drawing, painting, and writing exercises that explore wild mind and channeled poetry. 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. To register, please contact: mokshasommer@hudost.comPrice: $290Early registration: $265Location: TBD
Aug5

HuDost @ Retreat- Spirituality and Creative Process- Power and Transformation

Retreat- Spirituality and Creative Process- Power and Transformation, Seattle, WA

August 3-5This retreat will be led by Devi Tide (head of the Sufi Healing Order) and Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines (the leaders of HuDost).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. Creativity can 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. Together creative process and spiritual practice form a partnership that fosters healthy humans who are manifesting incredible creative works. 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. 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. We will venture through these practices with singing, dancing, drawing, painting, and writing exercises that explore wild mind and channeled poetry. 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. To register, please contact: mokshasommer@hudost.comPrice: $290Early registration: $265Location: TBD
Aug10

HuDost @ Beloved Festival

Beloved Festival, Tidewater, OR

HuDost is thrilled! About Beloved:Beloved is a 4-day sacred art, music, and movement festival on the Oregon Coast. Beloved is a healing event. Beloved is a model for a culture that understands the depth of our connection with each other, to the planet, and to our souls. Beloved is all of the names and forms of the Divine, affirming their Unity.We respectfully present sacred music from diverse global traditions; we acknowledge conscious dance music as fitting into the broader context of sacred and healing music. Beyond a unique mix of sacred music from around the world, we offer interactive art installations, live painting, local organic cuisine, and educational programming—including workshops on yoga, healing, relationships, social and environmental justice, and the music and wisdom of ancient cultures.Our goal is to dissolve the boundaries that isolate us through music, dance, and play. We demand of ourselves that, in the pursuit of our goals, we deepen our own connection to, and respect for, the earth and that we educate and inspire participants to do the same.
Aug11

HuDost @ Beloved Festival

Beloved Festival, Tidewater, OR

HuDost is thrilled! About Beloved:Beloved is a 4-day sacred art, music, and movement festival on the Oregon Coast. Beloved is a healing event. Beloved is a model for a culture that understands the depth of our connection with each other, to the planet, and to our souls. Beloved is all of the names and forms of the Divine, affirming their Unity.We respectfully present sacred music from diverse global traditions; we acknowledge conscious dance music as fitting into the broader context of sacred and healing music. Beyond a unique mix of sacred music from around the world, we offer interactive art installations, live painting, local organic cuisine, and educational programming—including workshops on yoga, healing, relationships, social and environmental justice, and the music and wisdom of ancient cultures.Our goal is to dissolve the boundaries that isolate us through music, dance, and play. We demand of ourselves that, in the pursuit of our goals, we deepen our own connection to, and respect for, the earth and that we educate and inspire participants to do the same.