Best Music Video of the Week- Blues and Roots Radio
Interview with THE WOODY GUTHRIE CENTER
Best Music Video of the Week- Blues and Roots Radio
Interview with THE WOODY GUTHRIE CENTER
What an Honor! Earlier this year we composed the score for 'This Holding' that was released through OZ Arts. Here is what OZ Arts put out earlier today:
We’re thrilled that #ThisHolding was recognized in Nashville Scene’s #BON20 awards! The collaboration between visual artist Jana Harper, choreographer Rebecca Steinberg , and composer Moksha Sommer (HuDost) received a Writer’s Choice award for “Best Move From Live Performance to Video” AND a Readers' Poll tie for “Best Streaming Event.”
HuDost is delighted to be featured in the online U2 Conference. This will be a showing of their upcoming music video, "Our Words Will Be Louder", that talks about protest (all of the proceeds from this video go to The Poor People's Campaign: https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/). HuDost is also giving an exclusive interview for this.
HuDost has released a beautiful new single that was recorded & filmed in the early days of #COVIDIsolation. It addresses the triggers that many people are struggling with during these tumultuous times and how they can claim their own stories. The song and the music video are available HERE:
It has also been featured in Vents Magazine with a full article!
Click HERE to read the article.
I am excited to invite you to the online premier of This Holding: Traces of Contact on May 29 at 8pm through OZ Arts Nashville. This is the interdisciplinary piece that we have been collaborating on for the last couple years with the incredible artist Jana Harper and the amazing choreographer Rebecca Steinberg. It has received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and we are very proud of what has come from our collective work. You can watch the trailer here:
As you can imagine, the work has taken on new meaning with the physical, social, and work restrictions put in place by Covid-19. The name change reflects these restrictions as well as the adaptations we’ve made in order to transition from live performance to video and in order to compose dances without any physical contact. We shot all of the videos outside maintaining adequate distance and in any instance where dancers touched one another, we chose performers who were already quarantined together. In these days of sheltering in place, each part of each day has taken on new significance and we addressed this by shooting each of the five scenes at different times of day.
The film is approximately 30 minutes long, the screening is free, and signing up through OZ will give you access to a post-screening Q&A with me and my collaborators as well as additional behind the scenes content.
OMG! OMG We can't even believe it...we actually WON The Independent Music Awards!!
We won in the Social Action Song Category for our song ‘RiseTogether’ (feat. Jars Of Clay). We wrote this song with the amazing Dan Haseltine. This is so astonishing to us as there were thousands of other artists from all over the world up for this award.
We are so incredibly grateful to our friends, family, and community of musicians and social activists. Extra gratitude to ONE and Blood:Water. Love to Gina Mendello and Valerie Denn.
We also just want to say that the judges that have given us this award include some of our favorite artists. So, humble gratitude to Tom Waits, Robert Smith (The Cure), Ziggy Marley, KT Tunstall, Dee Snider, Drowning Pool, Roberta Flack, Jaci Velasquez, Coolio, Joshua Bell, Beth Gibbons, and Joe Satriani!
Thank you for acknowledging our music and the power of artistic advocacy!
CPREntertainment- Gina Mendello
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2020
HuDost is among The Year’s Most Exceptional Artists & Releases Honored Online In
The 18th annual Independent Music Awards
HuDost joins Lucinda Williams, Jesse Malin, Jonatha Brooke, Heilung, Sofía Rei & JC Maillard, Kevin Hays & Chiara Izzi, Sawyer Fredericks, Jake La Botz, FLOW, John Fields, The Dollyrots, STORRY, Mary Fahl and Sekou Andrews as an 18th IMA Honoree
New York, New York Tuesday, April 28, 2020 -- With the world in lockdown, The 18th annual Independent Music Awards (The IMAs) canceled this year’s live ceremony, and instead today announced the year’s best self-released and indie label projects online. Lucinda Williams, Jesse Malin, Jonatha Brooke, Heilung, Sofía Rei & JC Maillard, Kevin Hays & Chiara Izzi, Sawyer Fredericks, STORRY, Jake La Botz, John Fields, The Dollyrots, Mary Fahl, Sekou Andrews and HuDost are among the established and emerging artists from around the globe recognized by The 18th IMAs. View all 18th IMA Winners here.
The IMAs annual show and accompanying Indie Music Konference originally scheduled as 3-day June event in New York City, were cancelled as a result of the global pandemic. Instead, the winners in 104 Music, Video and Design categories were announced 2pm EST today on The Independent Music Awards website and other online platforms. Branded playlists on YouTube, Facebook and Spotify feature award-winning music, artist interviews and other video content from honorees and Judges created from their quarantine hide-aways around the world.
The winning projects were selected by influential judging panelists including: Tom Waits & Kathleen Brennan, Robert Smith, Ziggy Marley, KT Tunstall, Dee Snider, Drowning Pool, Roberta Flack, Jaci Velasquez, Coolio, Joshua Bell, Beth Gibbons, Joe Satriani and many more indie creatives, top recording artists and industry influencers. View all 18th IMA Judges here.
HuDost received top honors in the Social Action Song Category. About this, HuDost says, “This nomination feels like more than just a recognition of the song ‘Rise Together’; it feels like a celebration of where we are in our careers, who we have become as social activists, and the openness of the music community to welcome explorers. The song itself was co-written with Dan Haseltine from Jars of Clay. We met Dan in DC doing advocacy work for the non- profit organizations that we work with. We were both speaking on behalf of people living in extreme poverty whose voices were not being heard. The song is a testament to that work and what we can do when we come together and make use of the privilege of being heard.”
The Wicked Cool label (USA) led this year’s nominations, announced on April 8, and continued its IMA sweep, winning top honors in 6 categories including Producer recognition for Lucinda Williams and Ted Overby in the Roots category for Jesse Malin’s new album, Sunset Kids. Williams also appears on “Room 13,” a track from the album that won the Vox Pop fan vote in the Americana Song category. Other notable mentions in this year’s program include multiple wins for the Metal label Season of Mist (France) and the Latin label RMM Productions (Spain). Among this year’s rising stars is the Canadian artist STORRY, who won in the Debut Album and R&B Soul Album for her release Ch III: The Come Up which she wrote, funded and produced herself.
“The world needs to hear from independent artists now more than ever. We didn’t want to keep it waiting”, said The Independent Music Awards Executive Director, Martin Folkman. “There’s no telling how long it will be before we can all meet face to face again, so The IMAs reimagined this years’ live award show as an ongoing, online showcase for extraordinary indie artists everywhere. So even if artists can't travel, they can take a virtual victory lap in front of worldwide audience, and be recognized for excellence” Folkman said.
Artistry. Diversity. Excellence.
Now in its 18th year, The Independent Music Awards, produced by Music Resource Group, honors the exceptional work by indie creatives from around the globe. The planet’s most diverse music awards program honors artistry and daring rather than streams and social reach and celebrates everything that makes indie music authentic and unique.
This year’s winning projects were culled from thousands of Album, EP, Song, Producer, Music Video and Visual Design submissions from 73 countries on 6 continents; Nominees were announced earlier this year.
Over the course of its history, the program has recognized an eclectic roster of established and emerging talent including: Killer Mike, Melissa Auf der Maur, Valerie June, Macy Gray, Jackson Browne, Pete Seeger, Flying Lotus, Lacuna Coil, Passenger, fun., JD McPherson, Team Me, Radio Radio, ...And You Shall Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Meghan Trainor, Lionel Loueke, Girl in a Coma, Apples in stereo, Masta Ace, Le Bouef Brothers, Pokey LaFarge, Julianna Hatfield, RuPaul and many, many more indie innovators from around the world.
More about The IMAs:
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The article talks about the current struggle for the music industry in this time. Moksha hopes that her honesty and sharing is of service to other musicians who are in the same situation! You can read the full Article HERE:
Wowzers! We are excited! HuDost is nominated for an IMA for the song 'Rise Together' that we wrote with Dan Haseltine from Jars of Clay. All of the Jars of Clay musicians play on the song with us. It is a song about social change and the power of collective voice on behalf of those who aren't heard.
You can check out more info on the IMA's HERE.
We were sad to cancel all of our spring dates due to the coronavirus. We wanted to see all of you, play festivals and venues we love and be together in various communities sharing music. While we might not be able to be together in person in this time, we thought...heck! Why not? Let's do a virtual tour and be with people from a distance. We know that all of you are going through different experiences in this time and hope for safety, good health, and happiness for all of you. We are also holding all of the people who are being affected by the illness. Let's all be a positive community together...just in different way than we'd previously known. We look forward to seeing you at our virtual tour dates!
Also, to know how you can support us in this time, check out our new SUBSCRIPTION page!
In May, Moksha had the honor of being part of the 13th Havana Biennial in Matanzas, Cuba.
A collaboration between Jana Harper, Cuban dancer Liliam Padrón and her company Danza Espiral, and singer Moksha Sommer, Cargas is an hour-long performance that addresses the burdens we carry and how through empathy and community we might eventually transform them. During preparational workshops, performers came up with a list of 100 words that describe the weights they experience as Cubans. These ranged from everyday local concerns such as food shortages or caring for one’s family to global issues like migration and climate change. The words were painted on ration bags and carried through the city of Matanzas, from the sacred Ceiba Tree to the Palace of Justice.
Cargas was performed on May 12, 2019 as the concluding performance for Ríos Intermitentes, a project for the 13th Havana Biennial in Matanzas, Cuba.