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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)

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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.