The music of HuDost weaves a seamless tapestry of Folk, World, and Rock that renders tears and laughter in listeners, cultivating the nameless longing that abides somewhere in all our hearts and invoking total celebration. HuDost’s core musicians are Moksha Sommer, from Montréal, and Jemal Wade Hines from Kentucky. Having toured the U.S., 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 Wade in this time have grown as artists, as seekers, as a couple and as a family. Since 2015 they have also been highly engaged activists, doing advocacy work as KY Congressional District Representatives for ONE (a non-profit organization working to end extreme poverty and, specifically, the sexism of poverty).
“Driven by Sommer’s lush expressive alto and Hines’ skilled strumming and electric guitar licks, HuDost’s live performances feel as sacred as a church service, without the identifiers which can separate and shame non-believers.” – Pure Pop For Now People
“HuDost has a folk quality yet is quite postmodern; the band offers new takes on ancient words and melodies, cross-cultural hybrid transcendental chill-out music with an edge.… This is not fluffy new-age music—it’s serious, complex fare with no aversion to addressing agony. Sommer’s vocal execution is precisely orchestrated, her voice-opening, hollow-toned vortexes piercing through the tough spots. This album is a journey of music and spirit.” – Chronogram Magazine
HuDost has just released a new album (April, 2019), ‘of Water + Mercy’, that is already receiving incredible reviews. The album was made with Vance Powell who is a top-tier producer/mixer who’s worked with artists such as Jack White (White Stripes), Chris Stapleton, Pearl Jam, Willie Nelson, Buddy Guy, Beyonce, Beck, Alicia Keys, Melissa Etheridge, Kings of Leon and a slew of others. Dan Haseltine from the GRAMMY Award-winning band Jars of Clay has been on board to help with production and all of the Jars of Clay members play on the album. On past albums HuDost has worked with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Peter Gabriel) and GRAMMY Award-winning mixer Oz Fritz (Tom Waits, Bill Laswell, Primus).
“We met Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay not through music but through our shared work in political advocacy acting on behalf of people living in extreme poverty,” says Moksha Sommer. “Through music and advocacy we have witnessed incredible and real change and know the astonishing power of collective voices on behalf of those who do not have the ability, and sometimes even the rights, to be heard. Songwriting with Dan was a wonderful process of the three of us contributing all that we could and being attached to nothing. I think the result is quite remarkable and reflects the very thing the song is about; rising together through shared vision and action.”
“Rise Together,” a powerful call to unity, marked the lead single from Of Water + Mercy (recorded at Nashville’s Gray Matters Studio) and instantly found support from Spotify being added to official playlists.
HuDost functions as a duo or as a band, including guest musicians of varying sensibilities and backgrounds, and often including dance in their shows. As a duo their instrumentation includes vocals, harmonium (Indian Pump-Organ), NORD Keys, guitars, 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.
Highlight performances include Bonnaroo, Resident band at FloydFest, BhaktiFest, World Café Live, Blissfest, The ARK, Alex Grey’s CoSM, the Salvador Dali Museum, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, headlining The Islands Folk Fest (Vancouver), WMNF’s Tropical Heat Wave Festival, The Levitt Pavilions, WoodSongs at the Kentucky Theater (on PBS), Nashville’s Bluebird Café, Music City Roots, Tim Robbins’ WTF?! Fest, The Montreal Folk Festival, The Stan Rogers Folk Festival, and many more.
Highlight collaborations and opening slots for other artists include Ani DiFranco, Philip Glass, Jon Anderson (YES), Joan Osborne, Snatam Kaur, Steve Kilbey (The Church), Ramy Essam, California Guitar Trio, Bell Orchestre, Neko Case, Jim Lauderdale, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Mercan Dede, and many more.
HuDost’s music is a powerful expression of life’s journey and discovery. In 2008, Moksha went through a painful process of brain surgery due to a tumor. The healing from this included re-learning language skills, losing and regaining proper sight, and experiencing seizures. This could have been staggering but instead served as learning that has fueled a potent desire to bring healing through sound. In 2013 their amazing son, Kaleb, was brought into the world. It is through music that the losses and gains, pains and triumphs, and excruciating beauty of life can be given a voice of empathy to the synonymous lives of all people. Both critics and fans have said time and time again that the music of HuDost is this very expression.
HuDost’s message comes from real experience, real emotion, and real concern for the world – from the birth of a child, to the healing of the body, to the healing of the planet, their words and music echo the human experience.
“Yogis, kirtan lovers, ecstatic dance fans, and even people who don’t normally listen to sacred music are all raving about Sufi Kirtan by HuDost. In track after track, the neo-folk world rock duo brings heartfelt presence and innovative musical stylings to ancient Sufi mantras of love and healing. And it’s not surprising why. HuDost’s lead composer and singer, Moksha Sommer, has studied 12 different vocal styles from around the world. On Sufi Kirtan, her vocals simultaneously soothe and soar. Her partner in love and music, Jemal Wade Hines, lends a rock sensibility and sonically rich layers of vocals, guitar and synths. It’s official: Sufi Kirtan positions HuDost as a force to be reckoned with in modern mantra music.”— Soul Traveller
“HuDost’s blend of exotic traditional Sufi chants, world folk music and powerful electric guitar licks makes a unique cultural bridge. We love HuDost.” — Allyson and Alex Grey
“Teeming with rich, iridescent vocals layered over powerful electric guitar licks, driving percussion and the haunting church organ-esque tones of the harmonium accented by the shimmering strings of Shahi Baaja (Electric Indian Auto-Harp), Bazouki and Dulcinet, HuDost’s one-of-a-kind sound is built on the impeccable musicianship of life-partners Jemal Wade Hines and Moksha Sommer. HuDost performs as either a duo or along with a band of fellow eclectic musicians—often engaging concertgoers through multiple mediums by weaving performance art and dance into their shows for an unforgettable experience that will leave audiences spellbound. “— Louisa Johnston (Levitt Foundation)
Amah Devi is a bhakti yoga teacher who is known for her frank and authentic approach to teaching eastern philosophy. Amah offers yoga, harmonium & mantra classes nationally. She does harmonium sales, tunings and repair, and offers private instruction as well. This weekend with Amah brings together a team of musicians, yoga teachers, bodyworkers, and devotees to celebrate Divali!
6:00 pm Dinner
7:30-9:30 pm Devotional Kirtan & Dances of Universal Peace Celebration
9:30-10:30 pm Optional Fire Bowl & Hot Tub
9:30 am-11:30 pm Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Wryn, Kirtan Accompaniment & Meditation with Amah Devi
11:30-12:30 Lakshmi Diwali Devotions with Amah Devi Stories, Symbolism, Prayers, Creating the Lakshmi Altar, Making Our Own Ceremonial Ghee lights
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch
2-4 pm Kirtan & Harmonium Immersion with Amah Devi
4-6:00 pm Open time //Nature Immersion OR
4:15-5:15 HARMONIUM CLINIC – The Art of Accompanying A Yoga Class with Amah Devi
6:00-9:30 Kirtan Concert & Diwali Celebration & Indian Feast with Amah Devi & Friends
Come for the whole weekend or just the house concert. Concert Only: $15 and/or come for the feast and bring an indian-inspired potluck dish, beverage, or dessert!
9:30-11:30am Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Leia Jones with kirtan accompaniment by Wryn
11:30-12:30 River Meditation, Prayer & Closing Ceremony
2:00 – 3:00pm Harmonium Maintenance with Amah Devi
2:00-6:00 pm Schedule a Massage or Other Healing Session (additional fee, scheduled in advance please!)
‘Soma’ -the whole of our present, direct experience. In Sanskrit-the moon’s lunar nectar that clears illusion, revealing true nature. ‘Arts’ -the creative expression of our Universe, inner and outer.
Offerings Include: Yoga, Meditation, Dance, Reiki Intuitive Touch, and Hypnotherapy in Private and Group Sessions. All Private Sessions begin with a brief interview.
Yoga: Simple yogic practices, rooted in ancient teachings, designed for physical and energetic harmony and union. Emphasis on alignment guided from Yogic principles blended with sensory awareness, nature’s inspiration, and liberating energy flow. May include: energy awareness, asana flow (vinyasa-modify as you feel), pranayama (breath), spontaneity (sahaja), chanting (bhajans), gestures (mudras), meditation (dhyana), guided relaxation (yoga nidra) and blessing (puja). Hatha Yoga, Tantric Kriya Yoga, Partner Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and more.
Meditation: Rooted in embodied mindfulness, Insight (Vipassana), Loving Kindness (Maitreya, Metta), Concentration (Shamatha) and Hridaya (spiritual heart) meditation. Focus on being present and compassionate with what is. Formal sitting practice and/or creative practices designed for the unique person, group or circumstance.
Dance: The creative expression of the inner being, fully embodied and celebrated. Various forms include: Somatic Movement Play, Ecstactic Dance, African Inspired, Essence of Presence Improvisation, Dance Improv Lab, and Contact Improvisation
Wisdom Within Private Sessions: Access Your Inner Resources
Every session begins with a personalized interview to clarify and ground preferences, resources and intentions. In this time we also ground what is needed for a safe container and clear boundaries. I will answer any questions you have about the wisdom and training behind each modality. Depending on You- I will then draw from a wondrous menu of: Relaxation , Reiki, Hypnotherapy, Sensory Awareness, Intuitive Touch, Shamanic Journey, Oracle cards, and Divine Love. In stillness and/or movement. Optional enhancements include earth elements of water, sound, stones, simple aromatherapy, and/or audio recording. Each session uniquely emerges for the person and moment. Afterwards you will have as much time as you choose to be in silent absorption and integration. When appropriate, we will discuss any practices and/or affirmations to take with with you, as well as followup support or sessions or support. Phone sessions and personalized, recorded guided meditations also available. When possible I like to give you the interview questions in advance, so you have time to reflect and prepare in your own way. I also like to check in with you within 48 hours after your session, if possible.
I have a Master’s of Arts (Prescott College, AZ) in Dance and Transformation and am certified in Yoga, Hypnotherapy, Reiki, and as a Universal Life minister, with forty years of experience as an avid practitioner, educator and therapist. I am grounded, open hearted, intuitive, and humble. I am passionate about listening deeply and supporting fellow beings on their divine path of wholeness and vitality
Wryn’s deepest heart’s longing is to be of service to the divine in all beings by cultivating vibrant health and sharing her most sacred gifts: healing touch, devotional song, self-care practices and the teachings of yoga.
She has been a student of yoga for 20 years with teachers such as Jeff Tiebout and Mary Brown and has received her 200-hr yoga teacher training at In Balance with Nicole Boyle and Noelle Whittington. Wryn is a certified massage therapist through the Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga and is alsotrained in Reflexology, Craniosacral Therapy, Focusing, Thai Yoga Massage, Shiatsu, Myofacial Release, Trigger Point Therapy and Reiki. She is certified as an Ayurvedic Wellness Coach and is honored to be the recipient of this 5000 year old oral tradition with teachers such as Katie Silcox, Indu Aurora and Mary Thompson.
She is most proud of her two amazing children River and Summit; and the businesses she helped create: Dogtown Pizza, Venture Out Creative Agency, Fat Bean Farm & Food Co. and the multitude of brands she midwifed for others. What is most alive in her at this time is Bhakti Yoga, devotion through song, mantra, and stillness. You may find her down by the river on her harmonium singing to Ganesh or writing a new song on her ukulele. She is currently available for wellness sessions, kirtan, and yoga classes at Anahata Education Center. Contact Wryn at email@example.com.
Anahata is committed to lifelong personal fulfillment, including loving, authentic connections, and so we offer ongoing deepenings, trainings, retreats and individual counseling sessions for couples and individuals seeking greater interpersonal fulfillment. Contact Luke or Ashera to set up a private session, and check our online calendar for the next upcoming relationship workshop! LukeStaengl@mindspring.com or KathrynAshera@gmail.com.
Customized Massage with Candace Long of Tranquility in the Valley ~ Candace has a flowing, intuitive style and will customize her massage to your preferences. She uses a variety of approaches, including some Thai massage, light to deep pressure. She incorporates aromatherapy into her practice and can advise you on essential oils. She adds a touch of Reiki and will focus her energy work on a particular area if you request it! Text or call Candace at 540-922-9260.
Ayurvedic Consultation ~ Aaron offers 20-60 minute consultations incorporating nutritional, life style, and herbal recommendations as well as a deeper understanding of one’s individual dosha. $1 per minute.
Ayurvedic or Traditional Massage ~ Aaron is a graduate of the Florida School of Massage and offers a variety of massage techniques including Ayurvedic massage. Sessions range from 60-90 minutes. $1 per minute.
Ayurvedic Cooking Class ~ Experiential hands on learning with a delicious meal at the end!