HuDost is a commanding, experimental Indie World Rock group whose core musicians are singer/songwriters Moksha Sommer from Montreal and Jemal Wade Hines from New York City.
What commenced as an acoustic duo project quickly developed into a fully produced ensemble with Dan Walters on bass, George Tortorelli on flutes, Julian Douglas, John de Kadt and Michael Rutherford on percussion and other occasional guests. HuDost functions as a duo or a collective, incorporating musicians of varying sensibilities and backgrounds, and often including performance art, video installation and dance.
HuDost’s material is best described as experimental Indie world rock. Their original work ranges in style from 'Alternative World Music' to their own 'Country and Eastern' fusion, merged with an atmospheric, rich, experimental sound. This is mixed with the rich, eclectic blending of traditional Sufi music, Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian and Balkan folk music, Farsi, Turkish, Arabic, Folk, Pop and Rock. Their sound crosses all borders and barriers, taking the listener on a journey they will not soon forget.
HuDost has toured throughout the US, Canada and Europe, including shows in Turkey, and have performed extensively on the east coast doing shows at Alex Grey’s CoSM in NYC, the Salvador Dali Museum, the Shakori Grassroots Festival, Omega Institute, Rumi Festival, The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and many others. HuDost has also opened for the California Guitar Trio and Jefferson Starship and have worked with Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Neko Case and Mercan Dede.
HuDost is currently putting the finishing touches on their third album with Grammy award winning producer Malcolm Burn (Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Daniel Lanois). It is set for a May 2009 release.
They’ve just released a six song ‘Royal Mountain EP’ featuring two songs from the upcoming album and four B-sides. Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines are also currently creating a program featuring their music for nationally broadcast CBC’s ‘Outfront’ which will be aired in the spring of 2009.