The Sunrise Ranch Concert Series Presents:
Concert at 7 pm, Doors Open at 6:30 pm, Dinner available at 5:30pm, Reception with the Artists to follow the Concert
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 constantly toured the US, Canada, and Europe since April 2006, some of their shows included 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 musicians Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines. 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.
Moksha Sommer is a well seasoned vocalist (having studied 12 different vocal styles from around the world), a songwriter, painter, and a time-based media visual and performance artist. She sings Bulgarian and Balkan music with Montreal-based Dragana who have appeared on the CBC. Moksha holds degrees from Dawson College in the Creative Arts, and Concordia University in Visual Arts and Chamber Music. She studies East Indian classical voice with Pandit Mukesh Desai and has been the lead singer and primary songwriter for HuDost for the last six years.
“My concerns are environmental, ecological, spatial, political, mystical, metaphysical, scientific, and intellectual. My work is rooted in memory and the subtle and unsubtle links between the factors of which our lives are composed and how they relate to our physical bodies. I am always concerned with bringing an awareness of a natural environment into my work and also with the interconnectedness of human thought and emotion. I am increasingly interested in interdisciplinary work that, in some way, effaces the distinctions between fields, distinctions that have prevented synergy.”
Jemal Wade Hines—Producer, Voice, Guitars, Bazouki, Mandolin, Bendir, Percussion
Gainesville, Florida, guitarist, singer/ songwriter, percussionist and producer Jemal Wade Hines has been writing, recording and performing music for over 18 years. Jemal Wade has studied poly-rhythms, alternate tunings and different World music, as well as being deeply steeped in the rock genre. Jemal has played in numerous bands throughout the years before meeting Moksha Sommer and starting HuDost. He is also a graduate of Musitechnic, a sound design recording school in Montreal. He now resides in upstate NY.
The concert will be held in The Dome at Sunrise Ranch, a beautiful 400-seat venue located west of Loveland, CO near Masonville. After the show, please join us for a meet and greet with the artists and refreshments in the Pavilion Dining Room across the street.
Sunrise Ranch is an event center that offers programs for renewal, learning, and transformation. It’s an ideal venue for your personal retreat, workshop, conference, or wedding!