(HUDSON, N.Y.) – The fourth annual Basilica SoundScape “anti-festival” takes place at Basilica Hudson from Friday through Sunday, September 11-13, and features a number of the UK’s leading experimental electronic musicians, including Blanck Mass; outsider house producer/Damon Albarn associate ACTRESS; and Haxan Cloak, aka Bobby Krlic, the Tri Angle record producer who collaborated with Björk on her most recent album.
Also performing is the Seattle-based artist, Perfume Genius and the Los Angeles noise-rock band (and Max Payne sound trackers/NIN tourmates) HEALTH. They’ll be joined by Michigan noise legends Wolf Eyes; Calgary post-punks Viet Cong; Norwegian singer and composer Jenny Hval; Chicagoan Haley Fohr’s experimental folk project Circuit Des Yeux; Weyes Blood (the psychedelic folk project of Natalie Mering); and traditional Indian tabla and sitar musicians Gourisankar and Indrijat Banajeer.
The event also includes film screenings, readings, dance parties and art exhibits.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Johnny Irion’s roots-rocking outfit, U.S. Elevator, brings its brand-new collection of original tunes to Club Helsinki Hudson on Saturday, September 12, at 9pm. Perhaps best known as one-half of the husband-and-wife folk duo, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Irion – who now calls the Berkshires home — taps into his own roots as an alt-country rocker on his band’s upcoming eponymous debut album and comes out with a melodic blend of sounds that marry “Tonight’s the Night”-era Neil Young to the more psychedelic side of the Beatles. Irion’s voice unmistakably reminds a listener of Neil Young, but a prettier Neil Young – perhaps the musical love child of Young and his one-time singing partner, Graham Nash, with a touch of George Harrison. And some of U.S. Elevator’s group harmonies will remind listeners of Crosby, Stills and Nash, or perhaps the Hollies. A few tunes on the upcoming album have the spiritual vibe of “All Thing Must Pass”-era George Harrison, while others rock hard like Neil Young with his band Crazy Horse.
(HUDSON, N.Y.) – “The Now Forever,” a group exhibition bringing together thirteen inventive artists whose work looks towards the new and progresses into the future, opens in the Back Gallery at Basilica Hudson on Friday, September 11, with a reception from 6 to 8pm (as part of Basilica Soundscape). The exhibition dialogues with the MoMA 2014 show, “The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World,” which focused on an aura of timelessness that manifests itself in painting, where contemporaneity as an indicator of a new form is nowhere to be found, and all eras, styles, and genres coexist and mix.
(ANNANDALE-on-HUDSON, N.Y.) – Performer and choreographer Miguel Gutierrez presents the world premiere of his dance-theater-performance trilogy, “Age & Beauty,” at the Fisher Center at Bard College from Friday through Sunday, September 11-13, 2015. The Brooklyn-based performance artist’s new program exploring middle age and celebrating queerness, art making, and mortality, is the result of a three-week Live Arts Bard residency.