Sufi Kirtan delves into the depth of the human heart and how phenomenally accessible it is through music. Zikr is the Sufi term identifying a practice of chanting and singing; it literally means remembrance of breath, sound, love, consciousness, and of people, places, and situations needing one's awareness. Sufi Kirtan explores remembrance through interfaith chanting, songs, and is a total celebration of love, harmony, and beauty through music; it embraces the essence of zikr.
This album truly comes from the heart and from the work of ongoing practice. We began the process of recording this a few years ago and it, unlike any of our other records, has had a life of its own; the songs and the power of the music guiding us and, at times, forcing us to wait until we were ready. In this time we have grown as people, musicians, and family. The album contains this growth, the pain and longing that all humans experience, and the absolute joy that entered our lives with the birth of our son Kaleb. We hope that this translates to you and your own practice. Toward the One...
released August 7, 2015
Produced by Moksha Sommer & Jemal Wade Hines
Mixed by Oz Fritz at Ancient Waves Studio, Nevada City CA
Mastered by Dale Becker (assisted by Mandy Adams)
for Bernie Becker Mastering, Pasadena CA
Moksha Sommer- Vocals, Harmonium
Jemal Wade Hines- 6 & 12 String Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Vocals, Baritone, Synths, Programming
Dan Walters- Bass Guitar
Arjun Bruggeman- Tabla (2, 7, 8, 10)
Martha Mooke- Electric Violins & String Arrangements (2, 5)
Anit Ghosh- Violins & Viola (1, 3, 7), Oud (3)
George Tortorelli- Flutes (5, 8)
Bryan Brock- Drums (08), Myriad of Percussion (5, 8)
Katherine Smith- Vocals (1, 5, 6, 8)
Robert Oakes- Piano (1, 5), Vocals (5)
Melissa Hyman- Cello (1, 8)
Ashana Sofia- Vocals, Cello, Esraj (4)
John de Kadt- Frame Drum, Riq (3)
Julian Douglas- Djembe, Darbuka, Surdo, Cymbals (4)
Jim Beckwith- Vocals (10),
Joshua Greenbaum- Drums (3)
JP Durand- Programming & Bass (2)
Sarah Bowman- Vocals (9)
GangVox on ‘Dost’- Justin & Alex Hillman, Oakes & Smith & the Sufi Healing Chorus
Engineered by Jemal Wade Hines, Justin Hillman, Mark Kelso, Kevin Reilly, Ryan Furstenburg, JP Durand, Dan Walters
Additional Engineering & Original Production on 3 & 9 by Malcolm Burn
All Songs Written & Arranged by Moksha Sommer & Jemal Wade Hines
except ‘Chishti’, ‘Dost’, ‘Estafurallah’, ‘Abraham’, ‘Molitah’, & ‘Iavnana’,
which are traditional pieces re-imagined, transformed & altered by HuDost.
CD Art & Layout Design by HuDost & Emily Martinez
Photography & Art by Moksha Sommer
We have AMAZING musicians on this record and we are SO grateful
to you all!!! HUGE Gratitude to our Families, Friends & Fans who have
supported us through the years and who truly made this recording possible!!! THANK YOU!
This album is dedicated to Kaleb Ezekiel. We Love You Yes We Do!!!
Copyright 2015 HuDost Music/ASCAP