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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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.