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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.

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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The backwoods of the backwoods 

We are currently in the backwoods of Kentucky on our single day off as we roam through the whole southern quotient of the US. On Sunday night we performed at the Levitt Pavilion (a wonderful large outdoor performing arts venue) in Memphis, TN. We were graced with a marvelous crowd and an amazing staff at the Pavilion and offered our literally bipolar musical journeys to the fabulously hungry swarm.

 

Yesterday, after arriving in the densely wooded outskirts of Morgantown, KY, I walked Mollie (our fantastic road dog diva) for miles along the banks of a flooded river that was brimming with waters bearing the orange tones of its red clay underbelly. For the whole duration of the walk I saw, nor heard, no people, simply the sounds of life that are often crushed and hidden by traffic and human populations. I was long overdue for this type of a walk and soaked in the mist that gathered over the water, the sudden openings in the clouds that offered momentary glimpses of bright sunset ridden sky, and the fireflies that began to appear as dusk set in. Mollie ran in wild streaks up and down all of the paths for the full walk and ate three small stalks of corn.

 

Tomorrow we return to the road and will be playing Johnson City, Knoxville and Asheville this week before doing the trek to Quebec (home sweet home) and doing a show with Bell Orchestre (the instrumental side group of some of the members of Arcade Fire. I do love performing throughout the world but long for my own bed, land, close friends, family, and tea. I am ready to not awaken in different hotels every night and not remember where the bathroom is. Oy.

 

-Moksha Sommer

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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