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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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Raven and the Box of Daylight at the Museum of Glass, Opening in 2018.

Learn more about the upcoming major exhibiton, "The Raven and the Box of Daylight" at the Museum of Glass, opening October 2018. 

Raven and the Box of Daylight

Opening in 2018 at the Museum of Glass, Raven and the Box of Daylight is the Tlingit story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun. This myth holds great significance in the mythology of the Tlingit people as a revered creation tale. The exhibition features a dynamic combination of artwork, storytelling, and encounter, where the Tlingit creation myth unfolds during the visitor’s experience.

The glass art of Preston Singletary is rooted in the narrative of Raven and the Box of Daylight. Primarily known for his celebration of Native American art and design, Singletary will explore new ways of working with glass inspired by Tlingit design principles. Tlingit objects were traditionally created for stagecraft, and were used to tell stories by representing elements of the natural world, as well as the histories of tribal families. By drawing upon this tradition, Singletary’s art creates a unique theatrical atmosphere, in which the pieces follow and enhance the exhibition narrative. - Text Courtesy of Museum of Glass.

The upcoming Raven and the Box of Daylight exhibit at the Museum of Glass uses Singletary’s glass sculptures as the foundation, while pushing boundaries with added video and soundscape elements woven throughout. Starting in darkness and ending in light, the visitor will encounter depictions of the Nass River, Raven’s transformation, a Clan House and finally the world in daylight.          

Below is the origin history of the Raven and the Box of Daylight. 

Raven and the Box of Daylight
Raven looked around and noticed that the world was dark.  Raven encountered the fishermen of the night and asked, “Where is the Light?” They told Raven of the chief at the head of the Nass River who kept the light in his clan house.
Raven decided to go to the old chief, but was shooed away.  He learns of the chief’s daughter who drinks from the stream outside of the clan house. In order to sneak into the house, Raven devises a plan to transform himself into a speck of dirt and float into the young girl’s cup. Her servants see the dirt and they throw the water out. Raven then decides to transform himself into a hemlock needle in the stream and tries again. This time the daughter drinks the water that contains the hemlock needle and she becomes pregnant with Raven in the form of a human baby boy.

The old chief wouldn’t deny his much loved grandson anything. The boy grew quickly and was very precocious. Raven, disguised as the boy, eventually discovered a box and asked to play with it. The chief and his mother refused but the boy screamed until the grandfather gave in. When no one was looking the boy opened the box and the Stars flew up through the smoke hole and into the night sky. They scolded the boy. After some time the old man forgot what his grandson had done, and Raven discovered another box. Raven asked to play with the box and they refused. So Raven started to scream and cry. They eventually gave the box to him and he opened it. The Moon floated from the box and up into the sky.

Finally, the boy found the final box. He again asked to play with it and everyone adamantly refused. So he cried until old man relented again. They instructed him once again to not open the box. So he played with the box; slept with the box and ate off of the box. However, the boy was growing tired of being human and decided to transform back into the Raven.

One night when everyone was asleep, he crept to the box and slowly opened it. This was the box containing the Sun. Raven decided to flee the clan house, while daylight flooded throughout the world and everything was bathed in light.

 

Mark your calendars for the Raven and the Box of Daylight at the Museum of Glass, opening October 2018. Below are examples of pieces that will appear in this unique exhibiton. 

Raven and the Box of Daylight

Raven and the Box of Daylight, cast lead crystal, 37.5" x 8.5" x 6.25. Depicting the Raven holding the Sun and two figures standing on a box. 

 

The Woman Who Was Transparent, blown and sand carved glass, 20" x 14" x 14" 

 

Raven in a Water Droplet, blown and sand-carved glass, 15.5" x 3" x 3" 

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Killer Whale Totem

Introducing the newest totem piece by Preston Singletary, the “Killer Whale Totem”.

Introducing the newest totem piece by Preston Singletary, the “Killer Whale Totem”. This totem includes his moiety (Eagle) on top, and Singletary’s clan crest (the Killer Whale) in the center. A Thunderbird, emerges from the mouth of the Killer Whale. This Thunderbird represents David Swenson’s crest symbol, Svenson is the carver of the original wooden totem pole version and one of Singletary’s mentors. At the bottom of the totem is the Wolf design, the original moiety for the tribe, which was replaced by the contemporary depiction of an Eagle.


This piece is also in the process of becoming a larger full-sized totem, created in glass and standing at 8 feet tall. Stay tuned as we post photos of the larger version, which will also be cast in lead crystal.

To see Singletary’s first full-sized totem, “Family Story Totem” please visit Here

 

Killer Whale Totem

Killer Whale Totem, 36" x 11" x 8" , Cast Lead Crystal

Killer Whale Totem, Detail

 

Kiler Whale Totem, Detail

Killer Whale Totem, Full View

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“Talking Out Your Glass” Podcast interview with Preston Singletary.

Listen to the recent Glass Art magazine podcast, “Talking Out Your Glass”, featuring an interview with Preston Singletary.

Listen to the recent Glass Art magazine podcast, “Talking Out Your Glass”, featuring an interview with Preston Singletary. 

“Talking Out Your Glass”, features the Editor of Glass Art magazine, Shawn Waggoner, interviewing a variety of internationally noted artists about several wide ranging topics.

Hear Preston Singletary chat about his inspiration for his art, upcoming special projects, and his band Khu.éex’, which fuses Tlingit storytelling with rock/funk.

Listen on itunes or Stitcher right now.

 

Family Story Totem - Preston Singletary

"Family Story Totem"

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Craft in America & Preston Singletary

See the latest PBS Episode of Craft in America featuring Preston Singletary. 

The air date has been announced for the latest “Craft in America” episode, featuring Preston Singletary. Make sure to check your local listings for “Craft in America: Nature” airing Friday April 21st, 2017 to see an interview with Preston about his art.


In May 2016 the award-winning PBS show “Craft in America” filmed at the Preston Singletary Glass Studio in Seattle, WA. The team filmed a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse at the different phases of creating pieces in blown glass, interviewed Curator Miranda Belarde-Lewis about Tlingit culture and received greater insight directly from Preston Singletary on his art.

Visit the “Craft in America” website to explore past episodes, featured artists and to learn more about this award-winning series.

See Singletary’s Artist Page


 

Craft in America’s mission includes:

“…To document and advance original handcrafted work through programs in all media, accessible to all. We are dedicated to the exploration, preservation and celebration of craft, the work of the hand, and their impact on our nation’s cultural heritage.”

 

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