HuDost has two 2015 releases; ‘Sufi Kirtan’ (up for a Grammy) and a collaborative record with Steve Kilbey (The Church) and Jon Anderson (YES).
The music of HuDost, the Neo Folk World Rock Ensemble from Montreal and Nashville, 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, 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.
Highlight Performances Include Bonnaroo, Resident band at FloydFest, BhaktiFest, World Café Live, Blissfest, the Salvador Dali Museum, The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Levitt Pavilions, Nashville’s Bluebird Café, Music City Roots, Tim Robbins’ WTF?! Fest, and many more…
Highlight Collaborations/ Opening for other artists Include Ani DiFranco, Philip Glass, Jon Anderson, Joan Osborne, Snatam Kaur, Steve Kilbey, California Guitar Trio, Bell Orchestre, Neko Case, Jim Lauderdale, Alex Grey, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Mercan Dede, and many more…
HuDost has two new projects that have both been released in 2015 including a World Chant ‘Sufi Kirtan’ album as well as a collaborative record with Steve Kilbey of the Australian band The Church with special guest Jon Anderson of YES. Both are receiving rave reviews and the ‘Sufi Kirtan’ album is currently up for a Grammy. On past albums HuDost has worked with Grammy Winner Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Peter Gabriel) and Grammy Winner Oz Fritz (Tom Waits, Bill Laswell, Primus). HuDost’s acoustic album ’4th Way Folk’ was released in 2013 and received a strong response of positive reviews. Scope Magazine refers to it as “an exceptional folk album that takes the genre in new and beautiful directions.”
HuDost functions as a duo (with the core musicians Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines) or as a band, incorporating musicians of varying sensibilities and backgrounds, and often including performance art and dance in their shows. As a duo their instrumentation includes vocals, harmonium (Indian Pump-Organ), Shahi Baaja (Electric Indian Auto-Harp), guitars, Bazouki, Dulcinet, percussion, and a slew of sonic ambient effects. Their music is a rich, eclectic blending of Pop and Rock with traditional Sufi music, Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian and Balkan folk music, Farsi, Turkish, Arabic, and Folk. Their sound crosses all borders and barriers, taking the listener on a journey they will never forget.