The music of HuDost, the Neo Folk World Rock Ensemble from Montreal and NY, weaves a seamless tapestry of sound that renders tears and laughter in listeners, cultivating that nameless longing that abides somewhere in all our hearts.
Their most recent EP, ‘Waking the Skeleton Key’, contains the first songs written by lead singer Moksha Sommer since she underwent brain surgery to have a tumor removed which impacted her language abilities. Music was her primary tool in regaining what was lost and growing as a musician/lyricist. Both her resilience and the fragility of life come through in these songs. The EP also contains remixes of tracks from their last album ‘Trapeze’, produced by Grammy Winner Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Peter Gabriel). The EP was mixed by Grammy Winner Oz Fritz (Tom Waits, Bill Laswell, Primus).
Having toured the US, Canada, and Europe constantly since April 2006, some of their shows include performances at Alex Grey’s CoSM in NYC, the Salvador Dali Museum, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, FloydFest, The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, headlining SE NPR’s World Fusion Fest, WMNF’s Tropical Heat Wave Festival, The Levitt Pavilions, WoodSongs at the Kentucky Theater (on PBS), Nashville’s Bluebird Café, Music City Roots, and Tim Robbins’ WTF?! Fest. HuDost has also opened for Snatam Kaur, California Guitar Trio, and Bell Orchestre and has worked with Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Neko Case, Jim Lauderdale, and Mercan Dede.
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.
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