About this project
"...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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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Thank You For Your Support and Commitment to Music!
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.
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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