24-HOUR DRONE 2023: Recap & Highlights
DRONE happened later in the year than usual – ongoing renovations and general eco-friendly improvements of Basilica’s 19th-century foundry meant that the DRONE took place in May instead of the usual April. Longtime DRONErs may have noticed that the sun angled differently or that the dark of night was more brief. Perhaps it was due in fact to having returned to an in-person gathering, maybe it was the Spring’s full bloom, but this DRONE felt sunnier, warmer, lighter, more shiny and optimistic – from the moment Gamelan Dharma Swara clanged their first gong, it was clear that something wonderful was unfolding.
But that isn’t to say that there wasn’t darkness – the brightness of the day caused the night to glower and there were moments during the evening’s more intense nighttime performances when all the collective grief and outrage we’ve shared over the last four years bubbled up unbidden. The goodness of this gathering couldn’t help but point out all the other good times and good people we’ve lost.
There was also an interesting change in formatting this year – the lineup featured four three-hour-long “endurance sets” which gave the DRONE a new topography. Hour-long sets began to feel almost brief, time warped, and we all enjoyed stretching all the way out during the longer performances.
And though every DRONE is unique, this one felt particularly resonant. A sense of return, a sense of relief, a gladness to be back on the concrete floor all together.
The Fader published two in-depth pieces about this year’s DRONE, featuring interviews, photography, and highlights with the artists, staff, and curators:
And due to a truly heroic 24-hour documentation effort by photographer Peter Galgani, we are blessed with really nice images of every single set. In order:
Gamelan Dharma Swara began the DRONE with a beautiful clanging: traditional Balinese dance, gongs, and chimes that ricocheted through the space
gushes (fka WSABI) ceremonially adorned the DRONE with beetroot blood and flying flower petals.
Drone reflects the pacing of the earth & cosmos~ the monumental shifting of tectonic plates, tree growth, fossil records, rain & tidal oscillation carving mountains & coastlines, plant & animal evolution, glacial melt & climate change, the formation of moons, the emblazoned long delay harbinger of star death, rhizomatic contrapuntal weaving, polyrhythms across simultaneous orbital dances of celestial bodies from which emerge seasons…
Drone’s format, space, season, lunar phase & people inspired gushes’ drone score to sound & embody our astronomical & bio-mythological take on the sun, moon & earth triangulation, as represented by 3 bodies playing 3 drums…
If we move, breathe, play, & listen more like a landscape, melting the factory clock, our hearts could expand in spiritual compassion to the greater story around us, which is animated by nuance and constant transformation. This is what I’m INTO.gushes
Michael Foster & Luke Stewart’s duo daringly expanded what seems possible with saxophones and upright bass, coaxing unearthly sounds out of their instruments
Veena & Devesh Chandra – two masters of Indian Classical music – gorgeously realized one of the oldest and most ornate musicological forms of DRONE.
Then, Sarah Hennies – a composer / percussionist who for this performance manipulated a small orchestra of hanging gongs – and Tristan Kasten-Krause – an upright bassist with an uncanny ability to surreally sustain tones with a nominally acoustic instrument – performed in a new format, a study in gesture.
Following their set, we were blessed by an hour in the presence of eucademix aka Yuka C. Honda, a “decomposer” whose vivid collection of sounds perfectly brought to mind the image of light dancing and reflecting on moving water.
The first marathon set of DRONE surrounded a glorious sunset which many DRONErs stood to watch through our south windows. The first of two first-time-ever quartets performing and this one color-coordinated – at the orange table, Laraaji + Arji OceAnanda. At the blue table, Photay + Celia Hollander. The last rays of the day stretched across the concrete as their samples, zithers, singing voices, and water being poured in front of a microphone unfolded.
Marathon events like 24-hour drone are a gateway into listening deeply and differently. It’s the combination of listening with others in community and long durational sound that brings about a new sensation. A heightened presence and awareness that has left me beaming!Photay
Then, the first true nighttime set, when darkness becomes palpable and the boundaries of sound grow larger. Liturgy (performing a rare solo set) conjured a pummeling & transcendental wall of guitar while joined by the ecstatic movements of special guest Davon.
Laura Ortman took hold of the DRONE next for a cathartic violin, electronics, & megaphone set that was powerful, loud, and literally dazzling as a spotlight reflected off her sequins.
Wolf Eyes – long-standing weirdo luminaries of the noise music world – played a more subdued, syrupy, haunting set that bended time around their tables full of electronics.
Raven Chacon played the second endurance set of DRONE, harnessing a massive midnight energy that ranged from the most delicate of homebrew electronic gestures to the loudest, most embodied wall of noise of the entire event – a deeply cathartic crecsendo that, amazingly, many people slept through.
As musicians, our medium is time. Sometimes it is the only thing we are truly working with. Time, realized as music, shows us where we are in the long window of the universe. But to play or hear only long tones, or endless loops, reminds you that you have always existed.Raven Chacon
In the deepest depths of the night Kelman Duran infiltrated the dreams of the DRONErs in a set filled with the haunts, rhythms, and spirits of a million forgotten parties – the melted sounds of a club down the block.
From the depths of dark straight through to the full brilliance of morning, C. Lavender unfurled a sunrise incantation during the third endurance set of DRONE. Rolled gongs and incantations, a brilliant dawn chorus.
With so much of our time dictated moment by moment in our society, immersing ourselves into live sustained music creates a portal to transcend time. In a sonic liminal space we’re able to better access moments of emotional freedom and reflection. As a sound healing practitioner and experimental musician, I’ve explored expansive sonic realms for many years and have experienced first-hand with varied audiences how durational listening can bring about healing, inspiration, and a renewed sense of connectedness to our inner and outer worlds. From a performer’s perspective, I love the sensation of giving musical ideas room to unfold in an unhurried manner; it feels liberating to improvise in the moment not only on where I want to take the music, but where it wants to take me and the audience as well. Getting into that kind of a creative flow is less viable in many typical concert settings.C. Lavender
As dawn gave way, the Evans Saxl Seretan Thayer Quartet quite literally said good morning to everyone in a delightful hourlong set that included violin, many electronics, double congas, shaking bamboo leaves and, of all things, a bubble machine, seen here in the photo.
The final endurance set of the featured one of the most delicate gestures of the entire 24 hours – gently amplified rocks clicked together in the palm of the hand (seen in the photo!). Fujiiiiiiiiiiita’s set brought to mind the eerie and serene calm of standing alone in a vast forest and guided our collective attention toward the delicate, hand-pumped bellows of his pipe organ.
It was full of love, wonder, and an ephemeral, magical quality that I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced before. Fujiiiiiiita, himself, was the embodiment of grace and his sounds were sublime. But, I’ll also attribute it to the cumulative effect of continuous mass listening. There was a subtle attention to sound in the space, a subtle reverence for it. I noticed that people spoke very little and when they did, they whispered quietly. I think that might have been what united the diverse crowd that had become a shared resonance body—a love for listening, a love for the possibilities in the manipulation of sound outside the boundaries of the purely functional. I left feeling lighter, quieter, and more orderly inside—like my auditory and aural channels had been cleansed.Schuyler Brown, the Art of Emergence
The final hour of the DRONE focused on collectively heard music’s power to heal. With a table full of singing bowls, Nea Mckinney drew our focus with crystalline ringing and the gentlest of tabletop chimes.
Anneice Cousin – in a powerful, vocal-forward, beat-heavy set – invited catharsis with her deeply felt performance.
And in a grand, final act, Lisa B. Kelley led the collected DRONErs in a collective performance of Pauline Oliveros’ “the Heart Chant,” an almost indescribable communal happening that left the room stunned.
The continual collective experience through dreamtime allows us to tap into the deepest levels of human connection consciously and subconsciously.Lisa B. Kelley
When the humming comes to a natural halt, I hear the music that hides in silence as much as I did in the sound that rang for nearly 24 hours before.Vanessa Ague, the Wire
A long and wild cycle of the sun. Thank you for joining us. 24-HOUR DRONE will return in April of 2024.
THANK YOU TO OUR STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
Melissa Auf der Maur
Basilica Hudson Director + Co-Founder
Basilica Hudson Co-Founder + Construction Manager
DRONE Logistics Team
Sarah Van Buren, 24-HOUR DRONE Co-Curator + Artist Liaison / Staffing Manager
Ben Seretan, Basilica Program + Marketing Manager
Liz Shaw, Interim Operations Manager
Jeanne Stark, Basilica Industries Rental Coordinator
DRONE Production Team
Roman Horst, Facilities and Setup
Daniel Stout, Technical Director + Stage Manager
Emily Flores, Stage Manager
Matthew Cullen, Audio Engineer: DRONE stage + stage crew
Tyler Wood, Audio Engineer: WGXC livestream + stage crew
John Rosenthal, Event setup + stage crew
Chad Dziewior, Video setup, tech + design
Walter Sudol, Video setup + tech
Lukas Wheeler, Production Volunteer
Nick Dixon-Santiago, Production Volunteer
Security – Ancil Dorsey (Head of Security), Makisha Brown, Tom Mignone, Antonio Williams, & Victoria Lowe
Box Office – Michael Rivenburg, Gabriel Korngold, Nkoula Badila, & Sonie Ruscoe
Hospitality – Jamie Jackson & Jeanne Stark
Artist Check-In – Annie Reynolds, Jessica Chappe, & Del Montgomery
Destiny Pierce (Bar Manager), JP Basileo, Susan Humphries, & Kendra McKinley
Jody Fish, Annie White
Setup, Parking + Clean Up
Abe Etkin, Mounanou Badila, Liam Stark, & Cache Holt
Cat Tyc, Marcel Reid-Jaques, & Sam Panken
Hudson Valley Safer Spaces Volunteer Monitors
Widow, Kevin Muth, Mike Amari, Rebecca Borrer, David Silberberg, & Dina Percia
Local 111 – Josephine Proul (Chef), Paul DiMaria, Jenna Limoges, Michael Riozzi, Kadrian Laporte,
Woodland Pantry – Tanya Himeji-Romero (Chef), Jamie Gillespie, Clare Delaney, Toko Harada, Rachel Sanzone
Coptic Light Coffee – Esther Shaw, JR Robinson
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
Thank you to our DRONE supporters, partners and collaborators. This event would not have been possible without your generosity and like-minded spirit:
Le Guess Who?
The Wick Hotel
Second Ward Foundation
New York State Council on the Arts
Thank You, 2022 Supporters
Thank you to all the friends, artists, sponsors, program partners, individual donors, ticket buyers and event attendees for a remarkable year at Basilica Hudson. Our programming would not be possible without their creativity and support.
2022 SPONSORS AND PROGRAM PARTNERS
Evan Abramson, Jon Bowermaster, Warren Brown, CAConrad, Nadia Conners & Walton Goggins, Devesh & Veena Chandra, Erika deVries, Sam Hillmer, Basilica Hudson Board of Directors, Ben Fain, Rebecca Foon, Jim Krewson, Raj Kumar, Christopher Lindstrom, Sotirios Kotoulas & Karline Moeller, Stacy Morrison & Ryan Myers, Amanda Palmer, Cathryn Dwyre & Chris Perry, Leila Conners & Matthew F. Schmid, Rudy Shepherd, Bill Covell & Sonia Skindrud, Jesse Paris Smith, Benedikta Karaisl von Karais & Matthew Stinchcomb, Marc Swanson, TROUBLE, Jennifer Venditti, Jessica Wallen, Patrick Watson
2022 Year In Review
2022 was a year of milestones. We expanded our programming to welcome more artists, neighbors and collaborators to our riverfront factory than ever before. From the launch of our new weekly Jupiter Nights series, to the return of Basilica Farm & Flea in full capacity, to the official start of construction on the Basilica Net Zero Campus project, this past season laid the groundwork for a new era of connectivity at Basilica Hudson.
Our programming kicked off with Temple of Sound, an homage to our beloved 24-HOUR DRONE musical festival. The event featured 12 hours of experiential sound, with sound installations and performances by regional artists Arone Dyer, Samer Ghadry, Madeline Darby, Kamau Amu Patton and Hellish Cashstrap.
Temple of Sound found inspiration in Basilica Hudson’s founders’ original impression of Basilica Hudson’s commanding halls over 10 years ago: a temple of sound, a place to connect diverse musical communities and traditions, offering a localized snapshot of experimentation within the larger context of universal sound.
This ethos connected us to all of our music programming in 2023, including the launch of our brand new Jupiter Nights series with co-curator Sam Hillmer, which brought weekly music programming to Basilica’s campus for the first time ever. The series took place in our newly expanded Gallery Building, a smaller, more intimate space that allowed musicians to make new connections both with each other and with attendees. We are proud to have featured over 75 artists in the series over genres that straddled experimental, folk, indie rock, Cumbia, jazz, dance, electronic, soul, darkwave and more, welcoming audiences and artists to Basilica who had never been before.
As COVID numbers dropped in our county, we began to also host large-scale shows at Basilica once more, including a stunning free performance by the Albany Symphony, Cassandra Jenkins and a sold-out Stereolab concert.
Thanks to the generosity of many partners and supporters, BASILICA GREEN programmed art exhibitions, film screenings, a carbon drawdown solutions forum, an Earth Day celebration, concerts and conversations to share knowledge and build community around ecological initiatives.
In September, we presented the BASILICA GREEN Benefit Concert with Pathway to Paris, an uplifting night of inspiration and adventurous talent. The evening featured live music, conversation, poetry, a sculpture installation and a letter writing campaign to the New York State Climate Action Council recommending the prohibition of fossil fuel combustion in the construction of new buildings.
At the BASILICA GREEN Benefit Concert, City of Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson officially announced joining the 1000 CITIES Initiative for Carbon Freedom, a global network of cities committed to implementing ambitious climate action plans.
Thank you to the artists CAConrad, Devesh and Veena Chandra, Rebecca Foon, Jim Krewson, Rudy Shepherd, Jesse Paris Smith, TROUBLE and Patrick Watson for bringing their craft to our factory, and thank you to all the generous donors and sponsors who supported the expansion our BASILICA GREEN initiative.
We officially began construction on the Net Zero Campus Renovation Project, a partnership with NYSERDA and Empire State Development, taking the first steps to transform our campus into a carbon neutral facility. Our commitment to tackling climate action through cultural programming continued with the Basilica Non-Fiction Screening Series, showcasing films by local filmmakers Leila Conners and Jon Bowermaster that brought awareness to critical action being taken today to reduce carbon emissions.
Our Gallery Building housed six art exhibitions in 2022 – including our first Upstate Art Weekend exhibition and our third collaboration with The Hudson Eye – all by local artists: Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Grace Lang, Elizabeth Celeste Ibarra, Sean Desiree, Alison McNulty, Bob Braine, Leslie Reed, b-e-i-n-g-s-o-u-n-d, Jim Krewson, Louise Smith, Jessica Chappe and Annie Reynolds. From spray paint murals by local youth, to psychedelic blacklight canvases, to sculptures that address present-day questions of sustainability, each exhibition added a different perspective and backdrop to the musical performances that unfolded in the space.
The tie between visual art and sound is at the heart of Jupiter Nights, and we were lucky to have had several exhibitions where the artist was directly connected to the musical act of the night.
In collaboration with A24, Basilica Hudson was honored to host the launch of filmmaker Jennifer Venditti’s new book Can I Ask You A Question? The Art and Alchemy of Casting. Through hundreds of polaroids, casting snapshots and personal anecdotes, her book showcases the beauty of vulnerable human connection. Our North Hall was filled with over 200 eager storytellers from all around the state, who then paired up with strangers to ask each other questions they found taped to the bottom of their chairs. Basilica’s halls rang with conversation and optimism.
We were thrilled to host more free arts programs in 2022, including a pay-what-you-can art dispersal with Free Columbia, and the Mad Hatters’ Parade, which ended with a procession through Basilica Hudson’s Main Hall.
For the first time in Basilica Hudson history, our Main Hall transformed into a skate park for the winter of 2022. Local skaters, as well as some who drove hours to be there, brought a new, electric energy to our factory. Toolshed and Super Stories led the open skate sessions and also hosted several workshops, including ramp building and a spray paint mural workshop. These works of art became the first exhibition in the Basilica Gallery Building.
As part of our Strategic Planning Process to guide the next decade, Basilica Hudson also hosted a series of community roundtables this past year. Thanks to the insight and openness of local leaders, organizations and causes, we deepened our understanding of cross-sector collaboration.
Over Thanksgiving weekend, we hosted the extraordinary return of the Basilica Farm & Flea Holiday Market in our main hall featuring the incredible work of 85 makers, farmers, dreamers and doers. Our building was brimming with energy and excitement as we greeted the thousands of visitors who streamed through our doors, connecting with local talent and taking home some handmade holiday goods.
Basilica Hudson’s programming would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, individual donors and community partners. Thank you for believing in our mission to uplift independent artists and foster connectivity. We have an amazing season ahead of us in 2023 and we hope to see you at the factory soon!
New York Times: “Where Veteran Rockers Go to Reinvent Themselves”
Basilica Hudson co-founders Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone were featured on the cover of the New York Times’ Metropolitan section on Sunday, December 4, 2022 for Sal Cataldi’s piece, “Where Veteran Rockers Go to Reinvent Themselves“
From the article: “Melissa and Tony’s efforts have been a blessing for our community, one that really demonstrates the connection between climate action and social justice,” said Kamal Johnson the mayor of Hudson. “Basilica has been a great asset,” he continued. “It has brought world-class artists and audiences to our door and served as the stage for many events that bind together our community.”
Photo by Lauren Lancaster for The New York Times.
Sold-Out Stereolab Show
On October 5, 2022 Basilica Hudson and Chosen Family Presents hosted a sold-out Stereolab show. It was a moment in Basilica Hudson history. We are so grateful to everyone who came to experience this visionary night.
Photos by Cozy Oaks Productions
Thank you, BASILICA GREEN Benefit Concert!
Thank you to all who performed and came out to support the future of BASILICA GREEN at our BASILICA GREEN Benefit Concert, presented with Pathway to Paris. It was an uplifting night of connection, inspiration and adventurous talent.
Thanks to your generosity, we raised funds to sustain and expand our BASILICA GREEN initiative. Advocating for a healthy planet, BASILICA GREEN offers four paths to meaningful action:
- FREE art and public programming that raises awareness and creates public engagement with the environmental issues we face
- The Net Zero Campus Renovation Project, which has begun and is transforming Basilica’s reclaimed industrial building and surrounding campus into a leading carbon-neutral destination, and we hope instructive model, where “our building becomes the teacher,” and allows us to program year-round
- Community-focused learning and engagement opportunities around the net zero campus and more
- Localized green initiatives and strategic partnerships to foster equity, environmental stewardship and sustainable community development in the City of Hudson and the region
BASILICA GREEN has powerful potential. Through our active green-themed film screenings always followed by conversation, our climate solutions forums and more, we are bringing people together to learn, connect, explore solutions and take action.
As our net zero transformation allows us to program year-round, we want to go deeper and do more, including developing hands on green programs. We see learning, engaging and doing on our campus, our building as teacher and beacon of what future infrastructure can look like. All of this – free public programs and more – requires resources and we sincerely thank you for your generous partnership and support. Let’s continue to join forces to expand what we can bring to our community, region and planet. Imagine what we can do together with our space!
Photos by Jessica Chappe
BENEFIT HOST COMMITTEE
Jon Bowermaster, Leila Conners & Matthew F. Schmid, Bill Covell & Sonia Skindrud, Cathryn Dwyre & Chris Perry, Ben Fain, Benedikta Karaisl von Karais & Matthew Stinchcomb, Sotirios Kotoulas & Karline Moeller, Christopher Lindstrom, Stacy Morrison & Ryan Myers, Jennifer Venditti
ARTIST HOST COMMITTEE
Melissa Auf der Maur, CAConrad, Devesh and Veena Chandra, Rebecca Foon, Jim Krewson, Rudy Shepherd, Jesse Paris Smith, TROUBLE, Patrick Watson
SPECIAL THANKS TO BASILICA GREEN PILLAR & PATRON DONORS
Benedikta Karaisl von Karais & Matthew Stinchcomb
Sample of Basilica Hudson’s Past Music Programs
24-HOUR DRONE – May 2023
24 continuous hours of unbroken sound unfolding from noon to noon – this is the deep, baton-passing magic of one of Basilica’s most ambitious events, returned in 2023 from a long pandemic hiatus.
An immersive event and all-encompassing experience, 24-HOUR DRONE is a roving, international series featuring musicians and sound artists experimenting within the spectrum of drone to create 24 hours of unbroken, uninterrupted sound. An event that embodies Basilica Hudson at its most experimental and experiential, pushing the boundaries of what a communal, conceptual experience can be. 24-HOUR DRONE’s immersive and meditative nature emphasizes communion. This is a shared experience devoted to unifying players and listeners alike.
This year, we wade deeper into the durational and site-specific element of DRONE. The festival will start and end with special three-hour endurance sets by C. Lavender, Fuji||||||||||ta, Photay with Celia Hollander and special guests Laraaji + Arji OceAnanda and Raven Chacon.
The remaining 12 hours of the event include performances by Anneice Cousin, eucademix (Yuka C. Honda), Evans Saxl Seretan Thayer Quartet, Gamelan Dharma Swara, gushes, Kelman Duran, Laura Ortman, Liturgy (solo), Michael Foster / Luke Stewart Duo, Pauline Oliveros’ The Heart Chant led by Lisa Barnard Kelley, Sarah Hennies + Tristan Kasten-Krause, Sister Redhawk (Nea’ Mckinney), Veena + Devesh Chandra and Wolf Eyes.
BASILICA GREEN Benefit Concert – September 2010
On Sept 10, 2022, Basilica Hudson and Pathway to Paris presented the BASILICA GREEN Benefit Concert, an evening of collective performance and conversation featuring Melissa Auf der Maur, CAConrad, Devesh and Veena Chandra, Rebecca Foon, Jim Krewson, Rudy Shepherd, Jesse Paris Smith, TROUBLE, and Patrick Watson. An all-star variety show concert to benefit BASILICA GREEN’s efforts to increase climate action through innovative programming.
Temple of Sound – April 2022
Basilica Hudson kicked off its 2022 season with Temple of Sound, a sonic awakening and homage to the building itself and its beloved 24-HOUR DRONE festival. As part of the nonprofit’s larger Earth Day Opening Weekend season kick-off, the program invited attendees to immerse themselves in the meditative power of sound through Basilica Hudson’s cavernous raw industrial space. Featuring: Deep Listening® workshop with Sarah Van Buren, sound installations by Arone Dyer & Kamau Amu Patton, and performances by Samer Ghadry, Madeline Darby, Kamau Amu Patton & Hellish Cashstrap.
Melodius Thunk – October 2021
A jazz performance as culminating event for Hudson artist Reginald Madison‘s participation in Basilica’s Hudson As Muse artist in residence program. MELODIUS THUNK is a partnership between Reggie Madison and Tshidi Matale to present avant-garde jazz and other forms of artistic expression whether it’s dance, theater or otherwise. With works of art on display. Featuring: The Tani Tabaal Trio – Tani Tabaal on drums, Joe McPhee on sax and Mike Dibizio on bass.
Basilica SoundBath – October 2021
Presented in collaboration with The Creative Independent, Basilica SoundBath offered an immersive, intimate evening with sound artists Circuit des Yeux (solo), Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, and Samer Ghadry, plus an interlude by Elvis Perkins and friends. Embracing the organization’s commitment to experiential exchanges over the past ten years, Basilica SoundBath drew curatorial inspiration from Basilica Hudson’s two anchor music festivals, 24-HOUR DRONE and Basilica SoundScape, featuring alumni from both events. These artists push the boundaries of endurance listening, experimentation and genre, each taking the audience on a journey through sound that is both meditative and visceral.
Basilica SoundScape: A Weekend of Music + Art – September 2014
Presented in Collaboration with The Creative Independent, and launched in 2011, Basilica SoundScape is Basilica Hudson’s most established and longest standing music program. Carefully curated weekend featuring a wide range of music, visual art and literature which highlights specific connections and overlaps instead of the usual festival-style overload, the weekend draws parallels between artists and voices not widely heard in relation with one another.
“At this scale, nobody feels crowded, there’s not so much to take in that your circuits burn, and, if you’re bored, the Hudson Valley under the moon is better than any venue lobby I’ve been in.” – Music Festival, Done Correctly – The New Yorker
Featuring: SWANS, Deafheaven, Michael Chapman, Arcade Fire bassist Richard Reed Parry, Emily Reo, and Gamelan Dharma Swara ensemble. Visual artist Sterling Ruby created large-scale flags and banners to adorn Basilica’s main stage.
24-HOUR DRONE: EXPERIMENTS IN SOUND AND MUSIC – April 2015
Basilica Hudson’s most beloved annual programs, 24-HOUR DRONE: EXPERIMENTS IN SOUND AND MUSIC, Co-presented with the Dutch music festival Le Guess Who? and in collaboration with Second Ward Foundation and Wave Farm / WGXC.
An immersive event and all-encompassing experience, 24-HOUR DRONE is a roving, international series presented by Basilica Hudson and Le Guess Who?, featuring musicians and sound artists experimenting within the spectrum of drone to create 24 hours of unbroken, uninterrupted sound. An event that embodies Basilica Hudson at its most experimental and experiential, pushing the boundaries of what a communal, conceptual experience can be.
Featuring: SUUNS / Harmonic Frost, Patrick Higgins w ith Arone Dye, essica Moss, Prurient, Greg Fox, Ultraam and more.
Opening Weekend Recap
Our art factory reawakened this past weekend with our two kick-off events: Temple of Sound (4/23) and our Earth Day Celebration (4/24). At the conjunction of music and climate action, of sound and art, of individuality and connection, our opening weekend welcomed hundreds of visitors back to our campus.
Temple of Sound
The day began with 24-HOUR DRONE co-curator and collaborator in sound Sarah Van Buren’s Deep Listening workshop, which brought a palpable energy of intent and care to Basilica’s halls.
Sound installations by Kamau Patton and Arone Dyer then commenced, echoing waves of voice and electronic drones throughout our North and Main Hall. The installations were free, allowing for curious passersby to enter Basilica and wander through the sonic experience.
At sunset, Samer Ghadry led the audience through a meditative gong bath, then passing the sound to Madeline Darby who ushered in a new, commanding resonance under a wash of fog. Each performer joined seamlessly, including Kamau Patton who stepped in to meld his sound installation into his performance using mini solar panels on a shirt to generate the input signal for his set.
Hellish Cashtrap gave the first ever performance to take place in our newly expanded Gallery Building, using reversed samples of opera vocals to create a haunting landscape.
Thank you to all who spent their day with us, exploring Basilica Hudson as a temple of sound, a place to connect diverse musical communities and traditions. The installation and performances offered a localized snapshot of experimentation within the larger context of universal sound.
“Performing at the Temple of Sound at Basilica Hudson was beyond enchanting. My project started a little over 3 years ago. Since day one, it has been an absolute dream of mine to perform in the beautiful space that is Basilica Hudson. The project Madeline Darby has allowed me to continue to hold space for playful exploration of sound, listening and composing. It was a delight and thrill to bring this project to that space.” – Madeline Darby, Temple of Sound artist
Temple of Sound photos by Cozy Oaks Productions
Earth Day Celebration
From workshops on divesting from fossil fuels and electrifying your home, to anti-pesticide sign painting and live music from Brasskill, we were thrilled to have so many passionate individuals of all ages celebrating our Earth and creative climate solutions.
Thank you to Local 111 for providing incredible food all weekend, and thank you to Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson, Michael Richardson of Rivers & Mountains GreenFaith Circle, NEA Artist in Residence Ellie Irons, Toolshed, Betta Broad of New Yorkers for Clean Power, SunCommon, Citizens Climate Lobby, Neighborhood Sun, Inclusive Ecologies, Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone and Environmental Justice students from Vassar College, Brasskill and Super Stories for making our Earth Day Celebration so special.
Earth Day: GREEN Resources
A page of resources connected to our Earth Day Celebration event on Sunday, April 24
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Align Your Money with Your Values – individual divestment from fossil fuels workshop with Michael Richardson (Rivers & Mountains GreenFaith Circle)
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Plant pigment painting workshop / knotweed experiment with Basilica’s Hudson As Muse Artist in Residence Ellie Irons
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Food by Local 111, brunch to-go
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM | Remarks from City of Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Green the Grid and Electrify Everything Teach-In with Betta Broad (New Yorkers for Clean Power)
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | No Spray (and anything else you want to make) sign making workshop with Ramiro Davaro-Comas and Grace Lang of Super Stories
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Between Two Paw-paws with Inclusive Ecologies, in conversation at the Basilica Paw paw patch. Companion native plants will be on-hand for any wanderers looking to participate in the live-planting and consecration of the paw-paw patch. Topics of discussion are open and will include pollination, Mastodons and the Pleistocene in Hudson, N.Y., seed sovereignty, botanical sexism, and rising tides.
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Explore Outside Your Door youth science activity with Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone and Environmental Justice students from Vassar College
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Live music from Brasskill
“Align your money with your values” is an interactive workshop on how individuals can move their personal finances away from funding fossil fuel extraction, production and distribution… and instead see their deposits, premiums and investments used to fund local businesses and farms, affordable housing, and the development of regenerative clean energy.
The EPA has a straight forward, simple post on compost & it’s importance: https://www.epa.gov/sustainable-management-food/reducing-impact-wasted-food-feeding-soil-and-composting
ILSR composting page, but defer to Cassie for best links for this purpose: https://ilsr.org/composting/…
Community Composting 101 Online Certificate Course https://ilsr.org/community-composting-101-certificate-course/
New Yorkers for Clean Power:
New Yorkers for Clean Power (NYCP) is a statewide collaborative campaign to rapidly shift to a clean energy economy. Through education, advocacy and organizing, the campaign engages the public, local governments and businesses to advance a range of renewable energy, energy efficiency, heat pumps and clean transportation solutions. NYCP is focused on advancing solar, wind, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, renewable heating and cooling, as well as creating jobs in these industries for all communities in New York. https://nyforcleanpower.org/
Explore Outside Your Door:
The Reverend Doctor Leonisa Ardizzone is a multi-disciplinary and integrative thinker; a Unitarian Universalist eco-minister, a musician and songwriter, a writer, a devoted activist, and a peace and science educator.
Workshop with Ellie Irons:
Feral and Invasive Pigments Walk & Demo / Knotweed Experiments
Meet some of the spontaneous and weedy plant-life of the Basilica Campus through this hands-on walking tour and demo, as we collect pigment-producing plants and use them to make handmade watercolor paints. Then stick around to see how one year of solarization with black plastic has impacted a robust patch of knotweed (Fallopia japonica) thriving on Basilica’s grounds, and help Ellie put a few sculptural remediation experiments in place for the next growing season.
Inclusive Ecologies Fruiting Bodies
Fruiting Bodies is ongoing project of Inclusive Ecologies of Pratt Institute, and Basilica Hudson is the generous host of one of three living pawpaw classrooms built over the past year. The pawpaw, a tree which is native to the eastern us, is the only “truly extratropical” plant within a family of tropical trees with oddly shaped, fragrant and edible fruit with large seed. It was a valued food source for indigenous peoples living along eastern rivers and creeks and enslaved Africans in the American south. Its range is only increasing in the northeast, with the increasing temperatures brought about by climate change. Inclusive Ecologies asks the question: How have pragmatic reasons for not planting fruiting trees in the public realm reflected larger cultural anxieties about the body, about control, about decay and mortality? We are also addressing the topic of botanical sexism, where male trees are planted in cities to avoid fruit, with the unintended consequence of exacerbating seasonal allergies. This misunderstanding causes us, rather unhelpfully, to anthropomorphize the sex lives of trees. Fruiting Bodies imagines participatory rituals of cultivation and care, to relish the messiness of fruit, and fruiting bodies, including our own, to examine how stories about, and perhaps communication with, plants can illuminate previously marginalized and new unexpected narratives.
Letter Writing Campaign:
Despite the climate crisis, our biggest banks are huge funders of coal and gas and oil companies. In the years since the Paris climate accords, they have given more than three trillion dollars in loans to these companies, even as scientists have told us we must stop the expansion of this industry.
During a Pathway to Paris event at COP26, Bill McKibben led the audience in handwriting a letter to Jamie Dimon, CEO of Chase Bank, the largest lender to the fossil fuel industry in the world. These letters were collected and sent directly to Mr. Dimon.
In partnership with Pathway to Paris, we are inviting you today to take a moment and write a letter to Mr. Dimon to support this effort. We have a very short sample letter that you can copy, but please feel free to include anything else you wish, about why this is important to you, lending funds instead to 100% renewable energy, etc. We will collect these letters and send them to Mr. Dimon for you.
As Bill said onstage, these exercises work! This couldn’t be more true and we have seen the changes that arise from writing letters and taking similar actions (e.g. New York pension fund divestment). As Bill said, “write [your letter] with a good heart, write it confident that we will be able to build the groundswell we need in short order to bring these people where we need them to be.” As he reminded us, governments and banks are not the only powers of the world. People also have the power!
Please encourage your friends and family to write these letters and take action. Please go to Third Act to get involved with their Bug the Banks initiative.
CEO JP Morgan Chase
383 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10179
Dear Mr. Dimon,
I am writing to ask you to please stop lending any money to the fossil fuel industry, including to coal, oil and gas.
Everything You Need to Know for Temple of Sound on April 23
TEMPLE OF SOUND
Saturday, April 23
FREE sound installations during the day, ticketed performances in the evening. We invite attendees to explore Basilica Hudson’s campus and experience sound in different locations as the installations & performances shift from room to room.
Yoga matts welcome. Food by Local 111 at ~6PM, with local brews and drinks in our Gallery Building. Please park in our far parking lot past the Toolshed Green Trailer. Signage and staff will be present to guide way-finding.
HOW IT WORKS:
Deep Listening® workshop with Sarah Van Buren
11 AM – 1:30 PM
Registration is closed, but you can email Sarah to get on a waiting list.
Sound installations by Arone Dyer & Kamau Amu Patton
1:30 PM – 7 PM | FREE
The two installations run simultaneously in two rooms: Patton’s in our North Hall, and Dyer’s in our Main Hall. There is an optional interactive component to Dyer’s that requires headphones, so bring a pair if you want to partake. No registration required, come whenever you’d like. If you DON’T have a ticket for the evening performances, we suggest coming earlier in the day.
Performances by Samer Ghadry, Madeline Darby, Kamau Amu Patton & Hellish Cashstrap
7 PM – 11 PM | TICKETED
This portion is ticketed. Our staff will start checking tickets at 6PM. Local 111’s kitchen will also open at 6PM, so come early to grab a bite to eat. Our bar will be open, too. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door (cash preferred).
–> At sunset (~7PM), Samer Ghadry will create a prolonged oceanic gong sound experience in our Main Hall. There will be chairs scattered in the room, but feel free to lie or sit down on the ground.
–> Multidisciplinary artists Madeline Darby and Kamau Amu Patton will then perform their sets from the North Hall. There will be seating.
–> Local improvisational electronic artist Hellish Cashstrap will close out the night with an ambient electronic set in Basilica Hudson’s newly reactivated Gallery Building.
The audience will flow with the artists, experiencing how the sonic energy changes with each location.
We want folks to come and enjoy the evening at our Gallery Building. If you arrive after 9:30 PM, you can come in for free! We plan on wrapping up by 11 PM. Then, head over to the Avalon Lounge in Catskill for the official after party hosted by Community Rave Network.