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

Tornado, Casino, TV and HuDost. 

As we entered Arlington, TX on Thursday night, we became ensconced in a state of freakishly opened eyes and goose-bumped skin as we stared at the clouds that were overtaking the horizon. Never before had I seen such ominous clouds. All around us lightning began to strike and not only was it striking a great deal and rather close to us, but it had an eerie pink hue to it. These elements became rapidly evident as clues that a storm I had never seen before was about to enshroud us. We drove at a snail’s pace through pounding rain that, at certain periods, was moving horizontally across the sky with the powerful winds. The roads that had been parched only hours before were suddenly flooded so that people’s cars became border line boats. When we finally arrived at the hotel and turned on the television that night, we discovered that a Tornado had hit and we had been on its periphery. Even when the tornado had passed, the rains refused to cease. Our hotel rooms were on the ninth floor, so we could see across to Dallas and Arlington and watch the lightning mapping itself across the landscape.

 

On Friday (yesterday!), our show was supposed to be in front of several hundred/ over a thousand people at a wonderful outdoor performing arts center called the Arlington Levitt Pavilion. Through the wild storm this fabulous venue had become an unwelcoming swamp. Our show was cancelled much to our chagrin.

 

Today, we performed on Television in Tulsa for the OklaTravelNews. Check out the link (we do not play until the last quarter of the program):

http://www.oklatravelnet.com/

 

On our way to Tulsa we stopped at gas station/ casino. I had never been in a casino before. Stephanie and I walked through the bardo of the slot machines that were propelling forward synchronized soothing tones (I have no doubt that this music is utilized to stimulate ease in the players and as a result bring forward more betting) and we humorously sang in harmony with the tones.

-Moksha Sommer

Is time linear? 

What percentage of the population has thought with valid depth about the difference in hues of the same colour? What percentage has contemplated the varying tones within each note? How many have the ability to discern between wines of the same brand? Between species of salamanders? Between the validity of astrophysics equations? Between different categories of generosity? Are these things that we all analyze whether we have the vocabulary to discuss them or not, or are these things that only certain people discover and delve into? (Is this the best question to ask on a rainy Sunday afternoon?).

I bring all of this up because I am thinking of it relative to age. There are studies that show that our perception and analysis of our environments is what affects our perception of time. Children are constantly encountering new concepts and learning. Thus, their days seem far longer. The older we get the less we are having to attempt to comprehend on a daily basis (especially those who seek to stay comfortable and not challenge their bodies or their minds or their comfort levels). For this reason, if our lives were mapped out based on our perception of time as opposed to the standard linear measurement of time, we would be reaching the middle of our lives in our early twenties. But what if we never stop attempting to see things (politically, socially, environmentally, literally, mystically, etc.) from new angles? Wouldn’t travel help with this equation? If so, I may have pushed my middle age to my late twenties and I should sporadically blame Wal Mart for not challenging me even further with new environments and encouraging premature aging.

I just realized, in the midst of writing this mental slur, that this may be a blog of encouragement to fans who would like to become groupies and travel all over the place. Here is my statement to you: if you come on the road, the food may cause you literal premature aging in the linear sense, but traveling and encountering a wide array of situations and people may give you far more extra years in the non-linear sense.

Okay…see you there.

M. Sommer

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Sep9

HuDost @ Trails & Vistas Art Hikes

Trails & Vistas Art Hikes, Soda Springs, CA

DATE: Saturday, September 8 & Sunday, September 9, 2018TICKETS: Early bird special $10 Child (ages 5 to 18) $35 Adult/General, tickets available on Earth Day, April 22WHERE: Donner Summit, Clair Tappaan Lodge, 2.75 mile Nature TrailWHAT: Guided art hike for small groups of 22 people to see 8 art sites with music, poetry, storytelling, dance, and land artLODGING 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
Sep21

HuDost @ Midwest Yoga and Kirtan Festival

Midwest Yoga and Kirtan Festival, Jefferson, WI

Midwest Yoga and Kirtan Fest is a homegrown festival in the works, a new breed of chantfest co-created by artists, teachers, and YOU to bring the heart-opening bhava to the Midwest.This is a festival for the people, by the people. It honors the wallahs, musicians, and teachers who nourish our souls and gives back to a worth charity.
Oct21

HuDost @ Connecting Chords Music Festival presented by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music

Connecting Chords Music Festival presented by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music, Portage, MI

HuDost looks forward to playing this wonderful festival: The Michigan Festival of Sacred Music offers events representing diverse religious traditions, promoting mutual respect and understanding through sharing the music treasured by these traditions. They serve audiences and communities of all faiths and cultures by providing opportunities to connect with each other through music. They offer a Festival every year.