HuDost is a commanding, experimental Indie World Rock group known for letting the music speak for itself. In light of the release of their latest album, “Trapeze”, produced by Grammy winner Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Peter Gabriel), HuDost has been getting rave reviews across the board, from critics who praise the album’s versatility and musicianship.
HuDost’s core musicians, Moksha Sommer from Montreal and Jemal Wade Hines from New York, come from distinctly different musical sensibilities and backgrounds. A 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.
Bringing to the group a strong musical training background, Sommer has traveled the globe, studying no less than 12 distinctive vocal styles from around the world. Her clear, soaring voice, is matched by the grungy underbelly of Jemal’s guitar mastery and rhythmic propensity.
Adding to the group’s musically eclectic and original feel is the unexpected edge the group contributes with its exotic instrumentation that includes harmonium, bouzouki, oud and bendir among others.
Having toured the US constantly since April 2006 and also playing shows across Canada, Europe and even as far east as Turkey, HuDost has brought their atmospheric and resonant songs all across the globe. Some of their most memorable shows include performances at Alex Grey’s CoSM in NYC, the Salvador Dali Museum, Shakori Grassroots Festival, FloydFest, The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, headlining SE NPR’s World Fusion Fest, and Tim Robbin’s Theater. HuDost has also opened for the California Guitar Trio and Jefferson Starship and has worked with Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Neko Case and Mercan Dede.