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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.

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

Ode to Touring 

Ah the sweet exhaustion of performing and schlepping gear and driving
infinite hours.
I wake, wishing each morning to again
Sleep,
But am roused by what it is to bring forward
Trails of sound
Murmuring and swelling and striding and gracing through me
To people whose cells they
Collide with
The sounds last only as long as it takes for the waves to die
Only as long as it takes memories to warp
With time

Not long

From inside the moving car
Landscapes bear
Their pieces in fragmented segments
It is only if
I do not watch
I do not yield to the pulling
Beauty of
A thin line of sun struck water moving adjunct
To factory settlements
That I can see the whole
Otherwise, I see the holes
Of what we call America

Rows of houses that are all the same

But through my mind parades an open arena
Of vast thought
That all are marching through

The dwellers of the homes and I share the ability
To divide moments
And lives and see the endless ness
But
we wear our faces
As rows of houses that are all the same

That is why,
At the end of the day
When my sounds have marched in lines
And circled back into me,
When I lay with chasms under my eyes and am
Crawling into sleep
It is the opened
Opens
Of the people who have heard and allowed splintering
That
Flash across the well of my gaze
And trail me into dream
It is the opened
Opens that
Trails me into dream

– Moksha Sommer

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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.