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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.

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

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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Jun22

HuDost @ Unifier Festival in Tolland, MA

Unifier Festival, Tolland, 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 in Tolland, MA

Unifier Festival, Tolland, 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 in Stoneham-Et-Tewkesbury, Canada

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-Saisons

Cycle 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 in Ottawa, Canada

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 in Guelph, Canada

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 in Guelph, Canada

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
Jul19

HuDost @ The Abode Of The Message in New Lebanon, NY

The Abode Of The Message, New Lebanon, NY

HuDost has not played the Abode in a long time. We are so excited to return and share an evening! This will be by sliding scale love donations.
Jul20

HuDost @ Levitt AMP Woonsocket Music Series in Woonsocket, RI

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 20th

Woonsocket 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.