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Learn more about upcoming exhibitions featuring collaborative art and the Khu.éex’ Indiegogo to support their new album.

Music & New Collaborations

Music for the Great Sun

Preston Singletary and Choctaw artist Marcus Amerman have joined forces to create a body of work inspired by the forms and symbols of the ancient mound builder cultures of North America.

The Great Sun was a divine god-king of the Cahokia Mound builders, and both the political and religious leader of that ancient society. Many of the ancient pieces that served as inspiration for the artists were originally made by imperial craftsmen for the demands of the ruling class and The Great Sun.

View the Music for the Great Sun exhibition at the Exhibit C Native Gallery from March 1st - June 30th, 2021. Join Preston Singletary and Marcus Amerman for a special Virtual Opening Reception on Friday March 19th.
 

 


A Collaboration in Glass III

View a new collection of art by Preston Singletary and Jody Naranjo, who is renowned for her contemporary pueblo pottery, as they collaborate for the third time. These two distinct styles meld with each other in blown and sand carved glass sculptures. View A Collaboration in Glass III at the Blue Rain Gallery from March 26th to April 17th, 2021.

“The third round of collaborations was fueled by the pandemic. The remote collaboration was a
welcome change of routine for us. Usually we are able to work side by side making the vessels
that Jody designs, but this time we sent drawings back and forth, and I handled the blowing of
the pieces with my team in my studio.

Working on these blown vase forms is liberating for me and sort of a return to my glass blowing
roots. The classical form has always been an area of focus for me especially in the beginning of
my career when I helped other people make their work.

Collaboration comes easy for me because as glass workers we are accustomed to making work
for other people or executing ideas for people who do not blow glass themselves. Each
collaboration with an Indigenous artist teaches me something new in terms of approach and
dealing with traditional symbols and storytelling.”

- Preston Singletary


 

Contribute to the Khu.éex’ Indiegogo - Ends March 20th, 2021

Khu.éex’ began recording in 2013 after a chance meeting between Bernie Worrell and Preston Singletary. To date, Khu.éex’ has released three albums, The Wilderness Within, They Forgot They Survived and Héen.

The title of the new album, WOOch, translates from "together" in the Tlingit language, "wooch" also echoes the "WOO" philosophy of Khu.éex' co-founder the late Bernie Worrell (keyboardist - Parliament-Funkadelic), where he wished to use music to bring people together. This Indiegogo will use funds to complete the production and release of this new album.

Khu.éex' has reached our original Indiegogo goal of $15,000 to complete and release the new album, WOOch. Support from our Contributors was fundamental in the production of WOOch”which is scheduled to be released in June 2021. 

We will use any funds that go over the original $15,000 goal to get into the studio and add the multi track layering and mixing for a new batch of music recorded in October of 2020.  Khu.éex’ recorded 6 basic tracks for a new EP reflecting the newest line up. These new tracks feature Sondra Segundo the lead singer, singing in her Haida language in "Killer Whale Song", and our newest song titled "Breathe In". Please consider contributing to help Khu.éex' reach this next “Stretch Goal”. 

Perks for contributors includes music by Khu.éex' and art by Preston Singletary (Khu.éex' co-founder/bassist), like this Chartreuse Lightning Basket created in blown and sand carved glass. This Indiegogo ends on March 20th, 2021.


Chartreuse Lightning Basket
Blown and sand carved glass
5” x 6”

 

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Khu.éex’  Indiegogo Campaign

Read about the Khu.éex' Indiegogo Campaign launching on Feb. 3rd. Perks for Contributors include art by Preston Singletary. 

Contribute to the Khu.éex’ Indiegogo. Ends on March 20th!

Khu.éex’ began recording in 2013 after a chance meeting between Bernie Worrell and Preston Singletary. Together with Skerik, Stanton Moore, Gene Tagaban and the late Clarissa Rizal, they recorded under the direction of Randall Dunn. To date, Khu.éex’ has released three albums, “The Wilderness Within”, “They Forgot They Survived” and “Héen”. All albums were produced and released by the band independently.

The title of the new album, "WOOch", translates from "together" in the Tlingit language, "wooch" also echoes the "WOO" philosophy of Khu.éex' co-founder the late Bernie Worrell, where he wished to use music to bring people together through sound.

 

 

Help support the band Khu.éex' by contributing to their new Indiegogo campaign. This campaign will help in the production of the new album, "WOOch". Once funded, the album has an anticipated release date of June 2021. 

 “WOOch” features Bernie Worrell (Keyboards), Preston Singletary (Bass), Captain Raab (Guitar), Gene Tagaban (vocals, spoken word, flute), Nahaan (spoken word, vocals), Skerik (Sax and horn arrangements), Hans Teuber (horns, flutes), Stephen Nistor (Drums, percussion), Denny Stern (percussion), Indrayani Ananda and Carly Kienow (vocals), and Tim Kennedy (keyboards). 

Special featured guests: Qacung (Y’upic vocals) acclaimed singer and co-founder of Pamyua, Eyvind Kang (Viola), and Jay Kardong (pedal steel).

Hear the first song off of this new album, “10,000 Generations”, at the Khu.éex' Bandcamp page.

 

 

A variety of Perks are offered to Contributors at different levels. In addition to music by Khu.éex', Perks for Contributors includes original art by Preston Singletary (co-founder of Khu.éex', and bassist), like this cast glass "Sun Mask” and blown glass “Tlingit Berry Basket”. 

 

 

 

Mark your calendars for February 3rd to contribute to the Khu.éex' Indiegogo campaign, ends on March 20th, 2021!

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The Music of Khu.éex’

Learn about the band Khu.éex’ that Preston Singletary co-founded and plays bass with.

Khu.éex’

Did you know that Preston Singletary also plays bass in a band? Khu.éex’ (pronounced koo-eex) translates to “Potlatch” in the Tlingit language, a Native group from Southeast Alaska.  Khu.éex' focuses on the concept of sharing culture, stories, and music, by presenting a contemporary interpretation of our culture to empower others.

 

 
 

Tlingit tribal member Preston Singletary founded this unique collaboration with major musicians including the legendary late Rock and Roll Hall of Fame composer and performer Bernie Worrell, Skerik collaborator with Pearl Jam, Stanton Moore of Galactic, Captain Raab of Red Earth, and tribal members Gene Tagaban, Nahaan, the late Clarissa Rizal, and more local musicians. 


Catch Khu.éex' perform in Seattle at the Upstream Music Fest in June and stay tuned of upcoming projects and the official release of their third record, “Héen” at www.khueex.com

 

 
 
 
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Join Us for a Silent Auction Benefit for Joe B. -  Friday July 28th.

 For two decades, our esteemed colleague and dear friend Joe BenVenuto has dedicated his craft to the glass community in Seattle, including the Preston Singletary Studio,  and abroad. Now he needs our help.

 

For two decades, our esteemed colleague and dear friend Joe BenVenuto has dedicated his craft to the glass community in Seattle, including the Preston Singletary Studio,  and abroad. Now he needs our help.

Eight months ago, Joe was diagnosed with an Anaplastic Astrocytoma brain cancer on his thalamus. While there are treatments available and doctors can abate the growth for some time, there is no cure and eventually the tumor will return.

 

What We Are Doing:

We are coming together to raise funds to help Joe heal and recover from months of difficult and hard work, including an intense five-week radiation and chemotherapy treatment and future care. Today, only a portion of Joe’s healthcare insurance is covered by his insurance and for all alternative treatment he must pay 100% of the cost by himself.

 

Our Goal

The funding will allow Joe to:

• Begin alternative and holistic treatment such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and a cutting-edge IV Therapy treatment based on the most up-to-date research on various nutrients and pharmaco-botanical compounds.

• Health insurance covers no costs for alternative treatment, funding will help to cover these costs in addition to improving and expanding Joe’s current health care plan.

• Take time off from work to focus all his energy to heal his body while keeping and maintaining his home and studio.

• Explore additional western and holistic treatments in the US and beyond.

• Travel and spend time with his family in Ohio.

 

GoFundMe Campaign: www.gofundme.com/UnitedForJoeB

Everyone is invited to join in to help Joe B., no amount is too small! Please share Joe's Story and the GoFundMe link with your family and friends. Contribute now at GoFundMe. 

 

Traver Gallery Pop-Up Show: Friday July 28th, 2017: https://unitedforjoeb.net

An art exhibition and Silent Auction will be held at the Traver Gallery in Seattle on July 28th from 6-10PM. Glass artists in the Seattle community and beyond will come together to donate their work. This is the culminating event of our fundraising efforts. 100% of the funds raised during this event will go directly to Joe, providing vital support of his treatments and recovery.

Featured artists include: Lino Tagliapietra, Dale Chihuly, April Surgent, Dante Marioni, John Kiley, Martin Blank, Kait Rhodes, Nancy Callan, CUD, Sean Albert, Dave Walters, Joe David, Jane Rosen, Jen Elek & Jeremy Bert, Richard Royal. Preston Singletary and many more. 

This event is open to everyone, however RSVP is required. To RSVP and preview pieces for the silent auction click here. 

Singletary pieces include "Spawning Salmon" and "Shrine Figure Set". 

                        Shrine Figure Set

What You Can Do:

Share Joe’s Story – Please share the GoFundMe campaign and the Traver Gallery Pop-Up Show to benefit Joe B. with your family, friends and fellow artists. 

Follow Us: Stay updated on event information on the Preston Singletary Glass Studio Facebook page


On behalf of Joe and friends, thank you for your support.


Contact:

Traver Gallery: Info@travergallery.com
Preston Singletary Studio: Studio@prestonsingletary.com

https://unitedforjoeb.net


Left to Right:  Preston Singletary, Joe BenVenuto and Sean Albert. Photo courtesy of Preston Singletary Studio.

Left to Right:  Preston Singletary, Joe BenVenuto and Sean Albert. Photo courtesy of Preston Singletary Studio.

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Contribute to the Khu.éex’ Kickstarter Campaign Today!

Preston Singletary founded this one-of-a-kind collaboration with major musicians including the legendary late Rock and Roll Hall of Fame composer and performer Bernie Worrell of Parliament/Funkadelic and Talking heads, Skerik collaborator with Pearl Jam, Stanton Moore of Galactic, Captain Raab of Red Earth, and tribal members Clarissa Rizal, Gene Tagaban and Nahaan.

 

Tlingit tribal member Preston Singletary founded this one-of-a-kind collaboration with major musicians including the legendary late Rock and Roll Hall of Fame composer and performer Bernie Worrell of Parliament/Funkadelic and Talking heads, Skerik collaborator with Pearl Jam, Stanton Moore of Galactic, Captain Raab of Red Earth, and tribal members Clarissa Rizal, Gene Tagaban and Nahaan.

Khu.éex’ (pronounced koo-eex) translates to “Potlatch” in the Tlingit language, a Native group from Southeast Alaska. Singletary thought of the name Khu.éex' because of the notion of sharing culture, stories, and music. This is the intent of Khu.éex', to present a contemporary interpretation of our culture to empower others.

Following their debut album, The Wilderness Within", the second album “They Forgot They Survived”  will be released on triple vinyl and was created at Avast Studio in Seattle with Randall Dunn (Engineer/Record Producer of the Cave Singers). This new album by Khu.éex’ features Great Northwest Native storytelling driven by the pulse of funk/rock beats. Stay tuned for updates about the future release of the second album by Khu.éex’.

Khu.éex’ is excited to announce that they have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help release the second album, “They Forgot They Survived” , after the successful debut album, “The Wilderness Within”. Be part of the first wave of support. Rewards for contributors include glass art by Preston Singletary, music, a chance to meet the band while sitting in during a live recording session and having your name listed in the album credits!

Contribute Today - Kickstarter Campaign Ends Jan. 2nd!

 

 

The Birth of Khu.éex'

Khu.éex’ began with a chance meeting between Preston Singletary and the late Bernie Worrell through a campaign where Worrell was raising funds for a tour bus to bring the music to the people. Singletary invited Worrell to play at his birthday party, where Singletary sang Worrell a traditional Native song to welcome him. Worrell sat down at his keyboards and began improvising on the melody that was still lingering in the air. He created a spontaneous, psychedelic and soulful composition right on the spot that birthed a new direction in his music.

The next day Worrell asked Singletary’s band, “A Little Big Band” (a Native funk/soul band), to be the opening act for his show. After the concert Worrell shared with Singletary that he had several exciting ideas and that they should record together. An amazing union was formed.

 

Bernie Worrell and Preston Singletary

 

Band Members

Bernie Worrell – Keyboards - (Cherokee) Worrell played with countless musicians, but most notably was the founding member of the legendary Parliament-Funkadelic. He previously played with the Talking Heads and had released many solo records over the years.

Preston Singletary – Bass - (Tlingit) Singletary has become synonymous with the relationship between European glass blowing traditions and Northwest Native art. He is involved with “A Little Big Band” a Native folk and soul band.

Captain Raab – Guitar - (Blackfoot) Raab has played in the band Red Earth, out of Albuquerque, which is a Native Funk rock band.

Clarissa Rizal – Vocals - (Tlingit) Rizal is a multi media artist and weaver who performs spoken word and sings traditional Native songs. Rizal has been essential in explaining the songs from a traditional context.

Gene Tagaban – Vocals - (Tlingit) Tagaban performs spoken word, traditional singing and storytelling, as well as playing flute. He is an influential storyteller, speaker, mentor and performer within the community.

Skerik – Saxophone- An avant-garde sax player who plays in notable projects including Critters Buggin, Garage a Trois and NW supergroup Mad Season.

Stanton Moore – Drums - An accomplished drummer based out of New Orleans, and has played with a wide variety of musicians. Moore is also noted as the founding member of Galactic.

Nahaan – Vocals - (Tlingit) A Tlingit speaker who has been dedicating his time to learning, composing songs and rhyming in the Tlingit language.

Randall Dunn - Producer, Audio Engineer - A highly respected producer who has worked with legendary jazz musicians such as John Zorn and Eyvind Kang.

 

Learn more about the Khu.éex’ Kickstarter Campaign. Contribute Today ~ Campaign Ends January 2nd!

See band photos, updates, release dates and more at www.khueex.com

Listen to the debut album by Khu.éex’  "The Wilderness Within" 

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