EVENTS & NEWS
New Track: Residential School
Like many of our pieces, when we began recording "Residential School", we didn’t know what it was about. Many times, we don’t know what our pieces are actually about until we’ve finished recording them and the piece shows us what it is. It wasn’t until we recorded the basic track and were listening to the playback in the studio in 2016 and hearing the pain and fear in the music that we understood this piece was about what kids experienced in the Residential School/Boarding School system and how the fallout from this affected our families and communities in massive ways.
In Indian Country, we have known about the abuse and deaths that occurred in these schools all along. We know that there is a connection between things happening right now and what occurred then; and how the Residential Schools created intergenerational trauma and created the contemporary disproportionate rates of Native children in the child welfare system (in Washington state at 3.2x and Alaska at 2.5x). The effects are ongoing right now and this is not simply something that happened in the past. What is new in 2021 is the confirmation of the number of dead children at these sites and Non-Natives becoming aware of the extent of deaths at these schools.
This song is to honor the victims of these schools, from the children who did not survive there, to those who did survive, to today’s young people effected by the intergenerational trauma created by these schools. From Kamloops to Tulalip to Carlisle to Old Sun.
In honor of these victims and survivors, we are making this song, “Residential School” (from our upcoming album “WOOch”) available for free download at our Bandcamp page.
New Album: WOOch
In March 2016, Khu.éex' entered the studio to simultaneously begin work on what would result in two triple albums: 2019's “Héen”, and Khu.éex's upcoming fourth album "WOOch". Translating from "together" in the Tlingit language, "wooch" also echoes the "WOO" philosophy of Khu.éex' co-founder Bernie Worrell in which he wished to use music to bring people together through sound.
Focusing on the concept of the Alaska Native communities' shared experiences, the album explores the connection between historical and contemporary issues and intergenerational strength in the face of trauma. "WOOch" also represents Bernie Worrell's final major studio project before his passing three months following the beginning of these sessions. Bernie's playing reflected profound depth and power in the face of his cancer battle.
“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). "WOOch" has an anticipated release date of late summer 2021.
Help support the production of this new album by contributing to our Indiegogo campaign, which ends on March 20th! Details HERE.
Livestream Performance with Seattle Sacred Music & Art
March 4th, 2021 7PM (PST), Virtual Event
Join SAMA: Seattle Sacred Music & Art for a Livestream with Khu.éex'! Tune in March 4th, at 7:00 PM PST. More details at SAMA. This will be live streamed on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch. SAMA offers an immersive weekly series of Music & Art performances focused on the healing power of global sacred music.
An Evening With Khu.éex'
October 14th, 2020, 6PM - 7PM (PST) , Virtual Event
Members of Khu.éex', a funk/rock band founded by internationally known glass artist Preston Singletary, will share their music and some stories behind their most recent album Héen.
This event is presented as part of Seattle Reads 2020 and is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsors the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation, and Seattle City of Literature. Register for the event through the Seattle Public Library calendar.
In the Spirit - Virtual Arts Market and Northwest Native Festival
October 17th, 2020 - 5PM (PST) , Virtual Event
Join Khu.éex’ at the annual "In the Spirit" Virtual Arts Market and Northwest Native Festival. This year the celebration will take place online with events held on multiple days from September 10-October 17, 2020.
The October 17th Closing Ceremony features a performance by Khu.éex’, playing our one-of-a-kind mix of song and spoken word with atmospheric, visionary jazz improvisation. For the full schedule and artist line-up, visit: InTheSpiritArts.org, and online performance info HERE.
November 15th 2019, Salmon Bay Eagles
Freakout Festival was formerly the Psychedelic Holiday Freakout Festival that started in 2013 as an annual event curated in different neighborhoods of Seattle. Now in it’s 7th year and third in a row in Ballard Freakout returns on 11/14-11/17. The festival is produced by independent record label Freakout Records. Details and ticket information HERE.
Refract Seattle: Fused: A Festival of Glass
October 18th, 2019
Join us at Pratt Fine Arts Center for a celebration of glass art in the northwest and so much more! Enjoy amazing artist demonstrations in a dozen different studios, live music by Khu.éex’, DJ, food trucks, cash bars, and a live bronze pour! Don't miss this chance to see renowned Lummi glass artist Dan Friday blowing in the hotshop and Etsuko Ichikawa painting her signature pyrographs with molten glass. It's the ultimate art party! Tickets available HERE.
Johnson County Community College, KS
October 10th, 2019 - See Khu.éex’ at the Polsky Theatre! Details and ticket information HERE.
August 10th, 2019- Join us for a FREE In The Spirit Northwest Native Festival in partnership with Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass. This indoor/outdoor event includes a Native arts market from 12:00-5:00 PM. See artist demonstrations, watch a Native designer fashion show, and participate in hands-on projects. Learn about the diverse Native cultures of the PNW through song, dance, music, a discussion panel, and more. See Khu.eex' in the History Museum's amphitheater from 5:30-7:00 PM. Details HERE.
January 28th, 2019 - See Khu.éex’ perform live in Juneau at the Sealaska Heritage Institute, January 28th at 7:30 pm. Get your tickets today at: https://bit.ly/2H1NbEj Presented by Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Sealaska Heritage and KTOO Public Media.
Alaska Native Heritage Center Performance
January 26th 2019 - Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center on January 26th for the 16th Annual Indigenous World Music Celebration featuring a variety of internationally recognized dancers, theatrical performances and musical performances including Khu.éex’. This free event is sponsored by Target.
Khu.éex, Heartstone Media, and the Preston Singletary Studio invite you to an exclusive fundraiser for the upcoming documentary, "Khu.éex: The Magic of Noise" on Saturday February 2nd, 2019.
Help us raise funds for our documentary film Khu.éex: The Magic of Noise and enjoy a glimpse inside the private workshop of renowned glass artist, and Khu.éex' co-founder and bass player, Preston Singletary. All donations can be tax-deductible through our new fiscal sponsor the internationally renowned Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP).
Indulge in delicious appetizers provided by X Catering, and beverages from the J. Bookwalter Winery, and listen to the exciting musical performance by Haida storyteller and Khu.éex' singer Sondra Segundo all while surrounded by the world-class art of Preston Singletary!
Watch a special sneak preview of this important documentary and then enjoy a lively discussion with the filmmakers about the film. All attendees will receive an invitation to the exclusive, private cast/crew screening of the documentary later this year!
Learn more about the upcoming documentary, "Khu.éex: The Magic of Noise".
In celebration of Native American Heritage month, STG Presents the Contemporary Native American Showcase with Khu.éex at Columbia City Theater.
With Death Cab for Cutie and Special Guests Khu.éex’
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Thursday August 9th, 2018 at 8:00 pm
See Khu.éex’ in concert!
Saturday August 11th, 2018
Seattle Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park
Thursday August 23rd, 2018 at 6-8:00 PM
March 23rd at 8PM with Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme & Afrocop.
New album! Announcing the release of the new album, "They Forgot They Survived"! The new album on triple vinyl includes a download code and is available in either black or white vinyl. Now is your chance to order your copy. Visit our SHOP section for details.
See Khu.éex’ live in concert! Khu.éex’ will be playing the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle on Friday May 26th at 8:30 PM. More details HERE.
With sadness in our hearts we are letting you know that our beloved Khu.éex’ member Clarissa Rizal has passed away from a longterm illness. Please keep her in your thoughts and send blessings for her passage. She will be mourned and missed greatly.
Rizal did vocals for Khu.éex’ and 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. You may learn more about Clarissa here.
See Khu.éex’ play live at Town Hall on October 29th!
Khu.éex’ at Town Hall
October 29th 2016
1119 8th Ave
Seattle, WA. 98101
Listen to an amazing broadcast of "Bernie Worrell: Beyond P-Funk Special" courtesy of 94.1 FM KPFA. LIsten now at kpfa.org with host Rickey Vincent.
"Keyboardist Dr. Bernie Worrell was one of the greatest living musicians. A child prodigy, the Plainfield New Jersey born genius trained at Juilliard and the New England Conservatory of Music. He is the mastermind behind nearly every song by George Clinton’s Parliament / Funkadelic, and Worrell has a distinguished track record playing everything from industrial, classical, new wave, hip hop, avant garde jazz, afro-beat and many others. He passed away on June 24th. His final recordings were with Khu.eex, an all star band that explores Funk/Jazz/Experimental interpretations of Alaskan Native living traditional culture with spoken word, storytelling, and beat poetry."
Introducing the debut album by Khu.éex’, “The Wilderness Within”. Featuring local Tlingit glass artist Preston Singletary (bass), funk legend Bernie Worrell (keys), Stanton Moore (drums), Skerik (sax), and Captain Raab (guitar). Also featuring Native storyteller/actor/performance artist Gene Tagaban, and visual artist Clarissa Rizal on vocals and spoken word and many more.
ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
Saturday, July 9th 2016
Nectar Lounge & The PBJ Present:
Khu.éex' LP Release
Doors: 8 p.m. | Show: 9 p.m.
Tickets: $10 Advance
We mourn the loss of the late, great Dr. Bernie Worrell, the Wizard of Woo.
He had very much been looking forward to performing at the album release party of his final collaborative project, Khu.eex'.
While his physical presence will be forever missed, his spiritual presence will be felt as strongly as ever. We ask that this concert serve as a remembrance of the life of one of the greatest musical innovators of our time, and one of the kindest and gentlest souls we have had the pleasure of knowing. We love you always, Bernie.