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Héen by Khu.éex’

Learn about the upcoming third album release by Khu.éex’, the band that Preston Singletary co-founded and plays in, and their Indiegogo Campaign.

Khu.éex’

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.

The band was formed by artist Preston Singletary (who plays bass with the band) and the late legendary Bernie Worrell of the Parliament-Funkadelic/Talk Heads, and includes a variety of major musicians such as Skerik, Captain Raab, Gene Tagaban, Nahaan, Steve Nistor, Hans Teuber, Indrayani Ananda and more. 

 

 

The recording of Khu.éex’s upcoming third album, entitled “Héen” (water in the Tlingit language), coincided with critical events and issues affecting Indian Country (and the earth as a whole) including the construction of Dakota Access Pipeline and the endangerment of clean water in our communities.  These events were on the group’s mind during these sessions, which resulted in water being a conceptual connecting thread throughout the material. 

Indiegogo

Starting on Friday June 1st you can help Khu.éex’ raise funds to release their third album, Héen, by contributing to their Indiegogo campaign. Perks include the new album released on triple vinyl, a limited amount of art pieces by Preston Singletary, a Khu.éex' VIP Listening Party and more!

Learn more about this exciting project HERE

 

 
 
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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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New Album by Khu.éex’ - “They Forgot They Survived”

Learn more about the band Khu.éex’ and their new album "They Forgot They Survived" featuring Preston Singletary on bass. 

Tlingit tribal member and glass artist Preston Singletary founded the band Khu.éex’ , a 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” was recently released. This triple vinyl album also features Preston Singletary on bass and a specially designed etched side by the artist.

 

 
 
“They Forgot They Survived” was recorded 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.
 

Preston Singletary notes his context for the new album as ,“The framing of indigenous people as victims has long affected the tribal youth resulting in a disconnect from the awakenings of their ancestors before them. Natives have survived and are thriving through their passionate culture that has been kept alive through the ups and downs of modern life. Khu.éex’ embodies the native spirit in its purest form of music showing that their cultural heritage will always survive. This album is not only beautiful sonically, but also visually in that it is truly a one of a kind piece of artwork. There is something deeply special to its creation that many will connect with and have a better understanding of the native people.”

Check out the new Khu.éex’ YouTube channel  for exclusive music videos, band interviews, clips from an upcoming Khu.éex’ documentary  and more.

Buy both albums by Khu.éex’ at www.khueex.com or at the Light In the Attic Record Store located at the Gathering Space at KEXP 90.3 FM in Seattle.

 

 

“Though it is described as a funk band, Khu.éex’ is far more than that, mixing Native American song and spoken word with atmospheric, visionary jazz improvisation in a way that recalls the ecstatic ’70s jazz-funk work of groups like Weather Report or Carlos Santana.” - Paul De Barros, The Seattle Times.

 

Preston Singletary & Bernie Worrell

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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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