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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.

Her Turn 

​Performance Piece by Moksha Sommer with guest performer Tanya Evanson and music by HuDost



Gratitude to Simon Abou Fadel, Todd Munro, and Jemal Wade Hines in helping to create this piece.

Description of the work by Moksha:

 

‘Her Turn’, is a video/live performance piece. While I performed it at VCFA in that form (as seen in this video), I also created a video version of the piece that stands on its own that can function without the live performance element. The piece includes footage of the featured woman, Tanya, doing the practice of whirling. This practice was originally established by Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī who lived from 1207-1273. He remains known as Rumi and his poetry continues to be highly valued. Whirling is one of the practices in the Islamic faith that women were originally permitted to practice in equal stride with men. Rumi himself had both female and male students and welcomed women into the fold. It was after his death that this was questioned and women, in some lineages of the tradition, were banned from practicing. In certain parts of the world it is only now that women are reclaiming this tradition. ‘Her Turn’ addresses that reclaiming in a subtle way. The song that I chose to include as the live musical performance in ‘Her Turn’ is our rendition of the first verse of the Mathnawi (Rumi’s main work, his ‘Mathnawi’ was composed in Konya and continues to be regarded as one of the peak poems of the Persian language). This verse speaks of the pain of love, the ache of separation, and the essence of longing. In my desire to address the current role of women reclaiming spiritual practices, I included audio of Tanya speaking about the practice of whirling and reading one of her own poems. In creating ‘Her Turn’ I hoped that the pairing of the old tradition done at this time by a woman (the video portion of the work), with a live performance of traditional verse done by a woman (me), with the current contemplations on this tradition voiced by the whirler, could render the necessary harmonious juxtaposition to give voice to the purpose of the work.



 

New Live Videos! 

Yes! That is right! We are excited about these new videos from our recent Music City Roots performance and hope you enjoy them!



Amazing time at Blissfest and upcoming Ark show! 

We have just returned home from an absolutely amazing tour. This tour began with doing concerts as HuDost and then transforming into Marty Willson-Piper's band; Acres of Space. These dates brought us to some wonderful places in May and June. We will be touring more with Marty in the coming year and plan to record new versions of some of his hit songs and some of his lesser known masterpieces with him. 

In June we did dates just as HuDost in a number of magical places including Montreal, and Quebec City, and parts of New York. Just this last weekend we had the amazing honor of returning to BlissFest in northern MI. This festival is an absolutely heart warming, large, family-style affair full of festive people, excellent staff, and ridiculously great music. We played 2 shows, one of which was on the main stage. I think the photos give good perspective on the happiness that ensued. 

Especially with all of the pain and confusion that currently exists in our world. For us and for many, music seems to be a healing and unifying force. We are grateful to be a part of that. We will be playing the famous Ark in Ann Arbor this Sunday and look forward to sharing the continues Bliss in this setting.

May/June tour with Marty Willson-Piper! 

Starting May 11th, live-streamed from Music City Roots in Nashville Tennessee, Marty Willson-Piper‘s Acres of Space & HuDost will begin their 2016 tour.

The last date on the tour will be June 25th at ONCE Ballroom in Somerville, MA.

The music will be a large retrospective of Marty’s solo work, both electric & acoustic, as well as songs from Noctorum, All About Eve, The Church & more. All musicians involved in the tour will be sitting in and collaborating with each other creating amazing evenings of music!

HuDost will do sets of their ‘Neo-Folk World Rock’ material as well as being a part of Acres of Space!

The current dates thus far are listed below with more to follow! Individual invite links will be added soon for each show. We welcome having ‘street teams’ to help get the word out both locally and through social media so please help us spread the Word about these shows (upon request we can provide you with images and info)! Also, please feel free to post photos & videos on Facebook once the tour has started!

More info on each show is available on our website tour page:
www.hudost.com/tour

May 11 Nashville TN- Music City Roots
(w Dan Haseltine from Jars of Clay)

May 12 Bowling Green KY- Tidballs
(w Jericho Woods & Christie Lenee)
https://www.facebook.com/events/218484941875390/

May 13 Nashville TN- Blood:Water
https://www.facebook.com/events/526981887489148/

May 19 Carborro NC- Cats Cradle BackRoom
May 20- Raleigh NC- SchoolKids Records

May 21 Knoxville TN- Scruffy City Music Hall
(w Ananda Dance)
https://www.facebook.com/events/531664653672204/

May 22 Atlanta GA- Eddie Owen Presents at the
Red Clay Theater
https://www.facebook.com/events/1740201399558863/

June 08-09 TBA
June 10 Pittsfield MA- Whitney Center of the Arts
June 11 Rhinebeck NY- (Private event …please inquire)
June 12 Wappinger Falls NY- CoSM (Chapel of Sacred Mirrors)

Recent Performance on Nashville’s Music City Roots 

HuDost was thrilled to return to Music City Roots in Nashville on May 11th!

Starting May 11th, live-streamed from Music City Roots in Nashville Tennessee, Marty Willson-Piper‘s Acres of Space & HuDost began their 2016 tour. The show was also aired on TV and radio.

Here are a couple of the performances from that evening…more will be coming soon!:

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Mar8

HuDost @ ONE Campaign Advocacy in Action Event in Morgantown, KY

ONE Campaign Advocacy in Action Event , Morgantown, KY

Come join us on International Women's Day, Thursday March 08th at MCC for live music, coffee, pizza, sweets & good discussion on how we can help end global extreme poverty and an opportunity to take action!

Moksha & Jemal Wade, AKA HuDost & KY Congressional District Leaders for the ONE Campaign, along with Josh Scott (KY One Faith Rep) and others will share with us about ONE’s vision and how they need our voice!

We are holding this event on International Women’s Day because women and girls are vulnerable to poverty, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where the ONE campaign focuses their advocacy efforts.

HuDost will be performing as well as other special guests to be announced soon. Admission is free yet we ask that you write a letter while there!
Mar24

HuDost @ Workshop- Creative and Spiritual Practice in Bowling Green, KY

Workshop- Creative and Spiritual Practice, Bowling Green, KY

For as long as mystics, of any tradition, have lived, so has spiritual work with the elements. One of the rare consistencies evident in spiritual practice, throughout the globe, is an honoring and acknowledgement of the elements and their integration into various traditions of spiritual and creative process; this is because they are an undeniably essential tool of discovery.
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 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 poetic expressions of what they can access by clearing the pathways to the source of omnipotent love.
Apr14

HuDost @ The Yoga Inclusive- A Yoga Festival for All Humans in Nashville, TN

The Yoga Inclusive- A Yoga Festival for All Humans, Nashville, TN

https://www.facebook.com/events/155079818478551/

The Yoga Inclusive's mission in creating this festival is to highlight the changing face of Yoga, in Nashville and beyond, and to truly emphasize that all humans are welcome and that Yoga is for everyone. The daylong event will highlight a diverse group of teachers and speakers. HuDost will be the 'hOMe' band and will be playing music throughout the programs.

“The Yoga Inclusive is created to connect our diverse Nashville communities through the practice of yoga. The face of yoga is changing and evolving beyond stereotypes and yoga is practiced and taught in all socioeconomic communities, by people of all ages and orientations, all ethnicities, body types, lifestyles and abilities. We are a celebration of all beings!

Yoga by its definition means Union. We are creating an event that embraces the union of all humans by coming together in the spirit of YOGA, LOVE and HARMONY. ALL are welcome.”

A large portion of our proceeds will be going to a local organization that YOU help us choose!
Apr28

HuDost @ HuDost Workshop- Healing with the Elements in Indialantic, FL

HuDost Workshop- Healing with the Elements, Indialantic, FL

This workshop will be done with live music and chant.
For as long as mystics, of any tradition, have lived, so has spiritual work with the elements. One of the rare 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.
This workshop will explore breath, sound, movement, rhythm, emotion and presence through spiritual work with the elements. Sufi 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 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 poetic expressions of what they can access by clearing the pathways to the source of omnipotent love.
Apr29

HuDost @ White Springs in Orange City, FL

White Springs, Orange City, FL

This is a private event. If you would like to attend, please email Soozwhite@mac.com for reservations and directions.
May12

HuDost @ Workshop- Healing and Clearing with the Elements w/ Live Music in Nashville, TN

Workshop- Healing and Clearing with the Elements w/ Live Music, Nashville, TN

This is a Workshop with Live Music.
For as long as mystics, of any tradition, have lived, so has spiritual work with the elements. One of the rare 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.
This workshop will explore breath, sound, movement, rhythm, emotion and presence through spiritual work with the elements. Sufi 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 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 poetic expressions of what they can access by clearing the pathways to the source of omnipotent love.
Sep9

HuDost @ Trails & Vistas Art Hikes in Soda Springs, CA

Trails & Vistas Art Hikes, Soda Springs, CA

DATE: Saturday, September 8 & Sunday, September 9, 2018
TICKETS: Early bird special $10 Child (ages 5 to 18) $35 Adult/General, tickets available on Earth Day, April 22
WHERE: Donner Summit, Clair Tappaan Lodge, 2.75 mile Nature Trail
WHAT: Guided art hike for small groups of 22 people to see 8 art sites with music, poetry, storytelling, dance, and land art
LODGING SPECIAL coming soon, create a summit experience with a combo art hike ticket and stay at the Clair Tappaan Lodge. Create community: Eat, Stay, Explore, Enjoy. Call for more lodging/art hike ticket information (530)426-3632
​www.clairtappaanlodge.com