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Khu.éex features a special set of musicians, including the late Bernie Worrell, offering funk, rock and Native American storytelling.
Khu.éex features a special set of musicians, including the late Bernie Worrell, offering funk, rock and Native American storytelling.
Khu.éex features a special set of musicians, including the late Bernie Worrell, offering funk, rock and Native American storytelling.
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"...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

Khu.éex'
Khu.éex'

Stretch Goal!

We want to THANK all our contributors who have helped us to release the second album, "They Forgot They Survived" by Khu.éex’ ! We could not have done this without your help.

We have reached our original Kickstarter goal of $25,000 and are introducing a Stretch Goal of $5,000. If we meet this Stretch Goal then those funds will go towards a celebration of life for Khu.éex’ keyboardist Bernie Worrell and vocalist Clarissa Rizal, who both passed this last year. Khu.éex’ will use funds to do a special live performance to celebrate these amazing people. 

In Tlingit culture there is a Remembrance a year after a person passes and Khu.éex’ would love to create a unique event to remember our beloved band members that are no longer with us, but have contributed their talents on the Khu.éex’ recordings.

Khu.éex’ 

Tlingit tribal member Preston Singletary, an internationally known glass artist, 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. 

“They Forgot They Survived”, the second album by Khu.éex’, 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 features Great Northwest Native storytelling driven by the pulse of funk/rock beats. 

Be part of this collaborative project by helping us release our album, “They Forgot They Survived”. Every contribution helps us towards our goal of making a sophomore record that sings. Choose your reward level and share our story with your friends and family who like to rock!

Preston Singletary & Bernie Worrell
Preston Singletary & Bernie Worrell

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. 

Khu.éex' at the Recording Studio for "The Wilderness Within"
Khu.éex' at the Recording Studio for "The Wilderness Within"

What’s Behind Us

Khu.éex’ has been working night and day at Avast Studio in Seattle with the notable Randall Dunn (Engineer/Record Producer of the Cave Singers, Boris, Earth, and a founding member of Master Musicians of Bukkake) to record the unique sounds of Khu.éex’. After several inspirational recordings of basic tracks and hours of intensive overdubbing, Khu.éex’ is asking for your vital help to release our album on triple vinyl. 

In addition to releasing "They Forgot They Survived" Khu.éex’ will use funds raised for future production costs for continuing our music into its next phase. We expect that once funded our album will be completed within six months to the general public. 

 

 

"..."The Wilderness Within" truly earns its “experimental” label. Songs like “Angry Bear” layer more familiar groove-based funk sounds under traditional spoken-word Tlingit stories." - Kelton Sears, The Seattle Weekly

"...The album’s an intense suite of songs that soars with a profound spirituality and exudes celebratory vibrations." - Dave Segal, The Stranger

 What’s Ahead 

Any award level helps us towards our goal of raising $25,000 to complete and release our album, "They Forgot They Survived”. We're offering special rewards to our contributors at several different levels. Be part of this groundbreaking project today. 

Unable to contribute financially? You can still help us! Share our story with your friends and tag us via Facebook, Twitter, or email a personal note to your friends about Khu.éex’! Taking a few moments to share our story is a valuable gift that we really appreciate. 

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Thank You For Your Support and Commitment to Music!

- Khu.éex’

 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) The late Clarissa Rizal was a multi media artist and weaver who performed spoken word and sang traditional Native songs. She was essential in providing guidance 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.

Rewards:

"Salmon" Signed Serigraph Print -  Pledge Level $100
"Salmon" Signed Serigraph Print - Pledge Level $100

 

 

"Eagle" Signed Serigraph Print - Includes Personalized "Thank You" Note - Pledge Level $150
"Eagle" Signed Serigraph Print - Includes Personalized "Thank You" Note - Pledge Level $150

 

"Bear Cub" Signed Serigraph Print - Includes "Moon Mask" in Cast Glass - Pledge Level $375
"Bear Cub" Signed Serigraph Print - Includes "Moon Mask" in Cast Glass - Pledge Level $375

 

"Moon Mask" Open Edition Cast Glass - Includes "Bear Cub" Serigraph - Pledge Level $375
"Moon Mask" Open Edition Cast Glass - Includes "Bear Cub" Serigraph - Pledge Level $375

 

"Raven and the Box of Knowledge" Pendleton Blanket - Includes "Raven" Serigraph - Pledge Level $500
"Raven and the Box of Knowledge" Pendleton Blanket - Includes "Raven" Serigraph - Pledge Level $500

 

"Raven" Signed Serigraph Print -  Includes Pendleton Blanket -  Pledge Level $500
"Raven" Signed Serigraph Print - Includes Pendleton Blanket - Pledge Level $500

  

Beaded Necklace with Glass Bear Pendant - Pledge Level $900
Beaded Necklace with Glass Bear Pendant - Pledge Level $900

 

Beaded Necklace with Glass Bear Pendant (Detail Image)- Pledge Level $900
Beaded Necklace with Glass Bear Pendant (Detail Image)- Pledge Level $900

 

"Spirit Face" Open Edition Cast Glass -  In Addition to Glass Studio Tour Package - Pledge Level $1,000
"Spirit Face" Open Edition Cast Glass - In Addition to Glass Studio Tour Package - Pledge Level $1,000

 

Glass Studio Party Package with the Artist Preston Singletary and Glass Demo -  Pledge Level $2,500
Glass Studio Party Package with the Artist Preston Singletary and Glass Demo - Pledge Level $2,500

 

"Killer Whale Totem" Limited Edition of 125 in Lead Crystal - Pledge Level $2,500
"Killer Whale Totem" Limited Edition of 125 in Lead Crystal - Pledge Level $2,500

 

Associate Producer Package: Join Preston Singletary, glass artist and bassist for Khu.éex', at the Preston Singletary Glass Studio in Seattle for a private listening party for the new album, "They Forgot They Survived". -  Pledge Level $3,000
Associate Producer Package: Join Preston Singletary, glass artist and bassist for Khu.éex', at the Preston Singletary Glass Studio in Seattle for a private listening party for the new album, "They Forgot They Survived". - Pledge Level $3,000

 

A blown glass Tlingit Berry Basket by Preston Singletary,  6" x 5.75" - Pledge Level $3,500
A blown glass Tlingit Berry Basket by Preston Singletary, 6" x 5.75" - Pledge Level $3,500

 

Executive Producer Package - Meet Khu.éex' and sit in during a live recording session.  Have your name listed in the album credits for the new album! - - CLAIMED No Longer Available --
Executive Producer Package - Meet Khu.éex' and sit in during a live recording session. Have your name listed in the album credits for the new album! - - CLAIMED No Longer Available --

 

All Photos © Russell Johnson

Risks and challenges

We've already made great progress in recording our unique sound with our first release, "The Wilderness Within". The main risk is that if the project isn't funded then the second album could have a delayed release date.
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    "The Wilderness Within" Digital Download

    Download the entire debut album "The Wilderness Within" by Khu.éex'. Featuring glass artist Preston Singletary, Skerik, Stanton Moore, the legendary late Bernie Worrell and many other amazing artists.

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    "They Forgot They Survived" Album

    The second album by Khu.éex’, "They Forgot They Survived" offered on triple black vinyl. Featuring glass artist Preston Singletary, Skerik, Stanton Moore, the legendary late Bernie Worrell and many other amazing artists. Includes digital download code.

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    Khu.éex' Album Package

    Be among the first to listen to the new album by Khu.éex'!

    Receive both releases by Khu.éex', the debut album "The Wilderness Within" on double vinyl and the newest release "They Forgot They Survived" on triple vinyl (expected release date within six months). Both on black vinyl and include digital download code.

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    "Salmon" Print by Preston Singletary

    Receive a limited edition serigraph print on paper penciled signed by the artist Preston Singletary. Item arrives unframed and rolled in cardboard tube.

    Title; "Salmon"
    Serigraph on paper
    Pencil signed from a limited edition of 100
    15" x 22"

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    "Eagle" Print & Personalized "Thank You"

    Receive a limited edition serigraph print on paper pencil signed by the artist Preston Singletary, titled "Eagle". Also, receive a personalized "Thank You" note directly from the artist. Both items arrive unframed and in a cardboard tube.

    Title: "Eagle"
    Serigraph on paper
    Penciled signed from a limited edition of 100
    22" x 15"

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    Art Collector Package

    Receive a limited edition serigraph, titled "Bear Cub", and a open edition cast glass piece, titled "Moon Mask, by the artist Preston Singletary.

    Art by Preston Singletary:
    Title: "Bear Cub"
    Serigraph on paper
    Pencil signed from a limited edition of 100
    11" x 30" , arrives unframed and in a cardboard tube.

    Title: "Moon Mask"
    Cast glass
    Open edition
    3” x 3” x 1”

    The art of Preston Singletary has become synonymous with the relationship between European glass blowing traditions and Northwest Native art. His artworks feature themes of transformation, animal spirits and shamanism through elegant blown glass forms and Tlingit designs. Recognized internationally, Singletary’s artworks are included in museum collections such as The British Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston and The Seattle Art Museum.

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    "Raven" Pendleton Blanket with Print

    Warm up with a "Raven and the Box of Knowledge" Pendleton blanket and receive a limited edition "Raven "serigraph by Preston Singletary.

    Receive a Pendleton blanket with the "Raven and the Box of Knowledge" design by Preston Singletary:

    Pendleton Blanket
    "Raven and the Box of Knowledge" design
    Unnapped, felt bound
    64" x 80"
    82% pure virgin wool/18% cotton.
    Made in the USA.

    Receive a limited edition signed serigraph print by Preston Singletary:

    Title: "Raven"
    Serigraph on paper
    Pencil signed from a limited edition of 100
    22" x 15", arrives unframed and in a cardboard tube.

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    Beaded Necklace with Glass Bear Pendant

    A beaded necklace with a glass bear pendant with a copper backing created by Preston Singletary.

    Beaded Necklace with Bear Pendant
    Cast Glass Bear Pendant: 2" x 2"
    Necklace length: 10"

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    Glass Studio Tour Package

    Tour the Preston Singletary Glass Studio!

    Get a behind the scenes look at the Preston Singletary Glass Studio with a 30 minute group visit with the artist, and receive a “Spirit Face” in cast glass. Glass "Spirit Face" will be signed in your presence by Preston Singletary.

    In addition to the Studio Tour, receive a:

    "Spirit Face"
    Cast glass, open edition
    4.75" x 6.25” x 1”

    -Tour must be scheduled within 6 months of purchase on a mutually agreed upon date.
    - Travel and lodging not included.
    - One guest welcomed.

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    Glass Studio Party Package

    Join artist Preston Singletary and up to five of your friends for a rare chance to tour the Preston Singletary Glass Studio in Seattle, WA.

    This opportunity includes a glass blowing demo by Singletary, drinks and light appetizers for your guests. A unique chance to see the behind the scenes art process and chat with the artist.

    - Contributor responsible for travel to Studio, located in Seattle, WA.
    - Contributor and up to five of your friends.
    - Tour must be scheduled within 6 months of purchase on a mutually agreed upon date.
    - Glass demonstration, and appetizers will be provided by the Studio for two hours.

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    "Killer Whale Totem" in Lead Crystal

    Add a limited edition “Killer Whale Totem” created in lead crystal by Preston Singletary to your art collection (retail value of $4,000).

    Title: "Killer Whale Totem"
    Lead Crystal
    Limited edition of 125 - you will receive a number under 50.
    18" h x 6" w x 6" d
    Comes in a custom wood box.

    The art of Preston Singletary has become synonymous with the relationship between European glass blowing traditions and Northwest Native art. His artworks feature themes of transformation, animal spirits and shamanism through elegant blown glass forms and Tlingit designs

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    Associate Producer Package

    Listening Party at the Preston Singletary Studio!

    Join Preston Singletary, glass artist and bassist for Khu.eex, at the Preston Singletary Glass Studio in Seattle for a private listening party for the new album, "They Forgot They Survived".

    Bring up to five guests, and chat with Preston Singletary while listening to the newest record by Khu.eex.

    Includes one copy of "They Forgot They Survived" on vinyl with digital code for each guest (up to six total).

    ​- ​Contributor responsible for travel to Studio, located in Seattle, WA.
    - Contributor and up to five of your friends.
    - ​Party​ must be scheduled within ​10​ months of purchase on a mutually agreed upon date.
    ​- Light ​appetizers will be provided by the Studio for two hours.

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    Tlingit Berry Basket by Singletary

    A one of a kind blown glass Tlingit Berry Basket by glass artist Preston Singletary.

    Title: "Tlingit Berry Basket"
    Blown glass in tea color with cedar brown lip.
    6" x 5.75"

    The art of Preston Singletary has become synonymous with the relationship between European glass blowing traditions and Northwest Native art. His artworks feature themes of transformation, animal spirits and shamanism through elegant blown glass forms and Tlingit designs

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    Executive Producer Package

    Meet Khu.éex' and sit in during a live recording session for their upcoming third album at their recording studio in Seattle, WA.

    Have your name listed in the album credits for the new album, "They Forgot They Survived" or the third upcoming album.

    - Accommodations provided for 2 outside area (contributor and one guest)
    - Contributor responsible for travel to Studio, located in Seattle. WA.
    - Date must be scheduled within 6 months of purchase on a mutually agreed upon date.

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