(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Legendary New York psych band Endless Boogie, No Wave avatars the Swans; Balinese Gamelan ensemble Dharma Swara, and black metal group Deafheaven are just some of the artists presenting at the third annual Basilica SoundScape, a carefully curated three-day program featuring a wide range of music, visual art, and literature that aims for specific connections and overlaps instead of “festival”-style overload, at Basilica Hudson from Friday, September 12, through Sunday, September 14, 2014.
For the third year, Basilica Hudson’s creative directors Melissa Auf Der Maur and Tony Stone are working in collaboration with Pitchfork Senior Editor/Director of Events Brandon Stosuy and Brian De Ran of Leg Up to program BasilicaSoundScape.
On Friday, Leg Up presents Michael Chapman, the seminal British guitarist who first appeared on the British folk circuit in 1967; legendary New York psych band Endless Boogie, a performance from Gamelan Dharma Swara Orchestra; musician and sound artist Tim Hecker; the breezy and resonant Julia Holter; and Richard Reed Parry (of Arcade Fire), who will perform material from his upcoming solo album, “Music for Heart and Breath” (Deutsche Grammophon). Video statements from artist and musician Torn Hawk (Luke Wyatt) will be shown throughout the evening in the north hall.
Saturday’s harder-hitting, Show No Mercy-presented lineup features Swans and Deafheaven (in both bands’ only area appearances) with Swans playing a full two-hour set, and is rounded out by Vancouver-based punk group White Lung (as well as a reading by White Lung frontwoman Mish Way); readings by Perfect Pussy frontwoman Meredith Graves and Los Angeles poet Mira Gonzalez; a set by Guardian Alien with additional solo sets by their drummer Greg Fox (also of Liturgy, Ben Frost, Dan Deacon, Zs); and a set by dream-pop artist Emily Reo.
Additionally, acclaimed visual artist Sterling Ruby will create large-scale quilt-like flags as backdrops for the main stage. Ruby’s flags are sewn together from black and blue bleached denim and dyed canvas in shades of acid orange, yellows, purples and reds.
Basilica Farm & Flea Presents a Sunday Brunch and Market Place on Sunday, September 14, 11am- 4pm in conjunction with Hudson River Exchange, Hudson Sloop Club, Good Fight Herb Company, and more. Sunday features Nicole LoBue of Alimentary Kitchen serving a spectacular morning feast. The brunch will be accompanied by a mini Farm & Flea – a preview of Basilica’s wildly successful Thanksgiving weekend marketplace showcasing a collection of quality products presented by a diverse group of regional makers, farmers, and vintage collectors. Promoting the talents and resources within our community, Sunday’s happenings are free entry, family-friendly and open to all.
For a full Upstate New York experience, Basilica encourages the greenest and most affordable place to stay, with no car needed. Camping spots are available for $30 per person and include scheduled shuttles to and from the venue, with limited availability here.
ADDITIONAL EVENTS TO TAKE PLACE OVER THE SOUNDSCAPE WEEKEND INCLUDE:
“Examine Your Vitamins!” Pop Up Shop + Bunnybrains Fire Sale
On both Saturday & Sunday, within the Bunnybrain’s Pop-Up Shop: Examine your Vitamins! an “onsite re-occurrence of non specific values” curated by Daniel Seward. Reading, performing and installation programs will feature Majical Cloudz, Gerard Malanga (The Factory), Thor Harris (Swans), Brian Degraw (Gang Gang Dance), Jana Hunter, Eleanor Friedberger, Gold Dime with Andrya Ambro (Talk Normal), Ryan Trecartin, Lizzie Fitch, Jim Krewson, and more.
Bunnybrains Fire Sale which debuted at BSS 13 will return with more intact ideals and fractured bumper stickers. Described by Dan Seward (aka Bunnybrains),”Choice hunks of hair and nails making pies and selling ropes. Visual mayhemmery and the odd pop in from the kindly neighbor. Please miss it so you can be angry that you missed it”.
Official SoundScape After Parties
The Half Moon Bar, Basilica’s sister neighborhood feel good bar up the street, will host the Official SoundScape After Parties on both Friday and Saturday nights with DJ sets by Blazer SS, Soft Pink Truth (aka Matmos’ Drew Daniel) and Rainbow in the Dark (T Cole Rachel and Josh Sanchez of NYC’s only gay metal DJ night, Rainbow in the Dark).
Basilica Food, Farm & Flea
Basilica Hudson is proud to rejoin with Nicole LoBue of the Alimentary Kitchen in creating a one-of-a-kind culinary experience for SoundScape. Last year’s kitchen was beloved by locals as “the best food you can buy for ten bucks” serving up tempura, bi bim bop, and house-made salted caramel ice cream with gingered pear from their outdoor-indoor pop-up kitchen. Only for SoundScape, wholly original, full of flavor, sourced from local farms and beautifully made. Alimentary Kitchen will be serving throughout Friday and Saturday programming, with a morning feast during the Sunday brunch. Additional culinary delights in the Truck Food Court featuring oven fired pizza truck, hot dogs, barbecue, and much more.
Scott Walker + Sunn O))) Soused Album Playback
Ahead of its release on 4AD later this year, a unique opportunity at Basilica Soundscape (offsite, at Future Past Studios) to immerse yourself in the collaborative record between Scott Walker and Sunn O))). Every hour from 2-9 pm on Saturday, Soused will be played in full at Future Past Studio located within the confines of a former church – the perfect environment to soak up this rich and vital creative pairing.
Basilica SoundScape is sponsored by Pitchfork, Lagunitas, 4AD, Slow + Low, Half Moon Bar, Inn at Hudson.
As a sister event to Basilica Soundscape and the next wave of programming to hit Hudson, the following weekend brings BasilicaScope – a weekend of film featuring legendary filmmaker Alex Cox – inviting audiences to rejoin for what Creative Director Melissa Auf Der Maur calls “the future alternative SXSW format of weekends of music and film back to back”.
BasilicaScope, running Sept 19 & 20, dedicates its entire run to Alex Cox with his cult classics “Repo Man,” “Straight to Hell Returns,” and “Walker.” A visionary filmmaker who made the 1980s all the more bearable for us, Cox masterfully used pinpoint satire and a rambunctious stable of actors to illuminate the sleazy politics of the era. Cox will be in Hudson for the Festival and extensive Q&As. Last year’s Scope was programmed by returning visiting programmer Mike Plante, Sundance Film Festival programmer and founder of Cinemad, Basilica Hudson’s creative directors Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone, and film curator Aily Nash, whose programs have screened at MoMA PS1, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Anthology Film Archives.
Basilica Soundscape takes place the same weekend as Groundswell, an afternoon exhibition event at the Olana State Historic Site, located just five minutes from Basilica Hudson. Produced by Wave Farm’s WGXC and The Olana Partnership, Groundswell (Saturday, September 13 from 2-6 PM) features site-specific performance and works by Kenseth Armstead, William Basinski, Steve Bull, Jane Carver, Ellen Driscoll, Michael Garofalo, Mckendree Key, Hélène Lesterlin, Jack Magai, Man Forever, Laura Ortman, Mau Schoettle, and Bryan Zimmerman set amongst the Hudson Valley’s most breathtaking and integral viewshed.
Second Ward Foundation
To complete and end the weekend, Second Ward Foundation presents an evening of experimental sound and composition in the auditorium, featuring William Basinski with Man Forever, Buke & Gase, and more announced soon, on Sunday September 14, at the former Charles Williams School.
Artist owned and operated since 2010, Basilica Hudson is a reclaimed 19th century factory converted into an art, performance, production and event space. Only two hours from New York City, and located just steps from the Hudson Amtrak station on the waterfront of the historic city of Hudson, New York. The 17,000 square feet of a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces constructed of industrial materials with a diverse floor plan, makes Basilica Hudson an ideal location for music, film and art festivals and events.