Basilica SoundScape 2021 Archive Page
With heavy hearts, Basilica Hudson has made the impossibly difficult, though necessary, decision to cancel Basilica SoundScape 2021. READ THE FULL STATEMENT HERE.
A Weekend of Music + Art RETURNS
Presented off-site at PS21 Chatham, NY in collaboration with PS21, The Creative Independent and H0L0
FEATURING Circuit des Yeux, Claire Rousay, Elvis Perkins, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Moor Mother, Tomberlin, TROUBLE, William Basinski and more TBA
Friday, September 17 – Saturday, September 18, 2021
Basilica Hudson and The Creative Independent are proud to once again present Basilica SoundScape: A Weekend of Music + Art, this year hosted at the gorgeous PS21 Performance Spaces for the 21st Century — a state-of-the-art open-air venue on 100 acres of orchards and meadows in Chatham, NY — and in collaboration with H0l0.
In keeping with its reputation as “the anti-festival,” Basilica SoundScape will continue to push the boundaries of how attendees traditionally experience festival-going, this year welcoming headliners as Artists In Residence to collaborate and create musical sets unique to Basilica SoundScape. With the complete schedule still to be announced, the Artists in Residence will be the core to the weekend and perform both Friday and Saturday evening, offering site-specific inspired work as other local musicians and poets flesh out the rest of the programming. Basilica SoundScape aims to foster an environment that encourages these artists to tap into true creative freedom without limits and to immerse themselves in a weekend in Upstate NY.
With a host of regional and local partners, Basilica Hudson and PS21 join forces together as part of an Upstate / Downstate Independent Art Alliance to present their first collaboration and site-specific event. The Alliance is composed of an initial group of arts and culture organizations to celebrate resilience, strength and solidarity among artists, arts communities and arts organizations. The participating organizations redouble their efforts post-COVID to show support of each other’s missions, and to demonstrate the importance of alliance, partnership and collaboration in a social and cultural landscape bruised by the pandemic.
The venue PS21 is an idyllic haven, with an state-of-the-art open-air Pavilion Theater, breathtaking 100-acre campus and unmatched physical and environmental assets including apple orchards and trails that create a serene weekend location to meditate on the meaning of soundscape and performance.
H0l0, a Ridgewood Queens based music and performance venue, will curate a series of ambient after parties. The sets will be interactive and offer a time for reflection and repose at the end of each day of the festival.
Wave Farm’s WGXC will serve as the SoundScape 2021 broadcast partner, bringing event sounds to radio listeners across New York’s Upper Hudson Valley on WGXC 90.7-FM Radio for Open Ears and online listeners across the globe on Wave Farm Radio at wavefarm.org/listen.
With capacity at 350 per night, attendees are welcome to opt for a single evening, as each night will feature unique sounds and experimentation. Become a member of our Patreon for exclusive updates and to get a 10% off discount code!
Basilica SoundScape 2021 Artists
Full lineup and schedule to come.
You Are Here (AKA The Maze) is a sculptural maze installation by art duo TROUBLE, aka Laura Paris and Sam Hillmer. The Maze will house a myriad of interactive visuals over the course of SoundScape weekend, accompanied by light, projections, sound, and sculpture.
– Restrooms, showers and electricity hookups at campground
– Plenty of shade, big trees, and beautiful fields
– Sauna, fire pits and grills
“Due to COVID, there were no live shows for more than a year. I was hoping people would take that time off to rethink how live music works, but as shows have returned, it’s mostly felt like business as usual. For our part, we thought it was a good time to tear the idea of a festival apart and put it back together again—and set it in an apple orchard.” – Brandon Stosuy, co-founder of The Creative Independent and Basilica SoundScape co-curator.
Circuit des Yeux
Haley Fohr is a vocalist, composer and singer-songwriter based in Chicago, Illinois. Her musical endeavors focus around our human condition, and her 15 year career as Circuit des Yeux has grown into one of America’s most successful efforts to connect the personal to the universal. She is most distinctly identified by her 4-octave voice and unique style of 12-string guitar.
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Her recent works include an Original Soundtrack for Charles Bryant’s silent film Salomé (1923), commissioned by Opera North, her critically acclaimed 2017 album Reaching For Indigo, and two LPs under the mysterious moniker of Jackie Lynn. Her next album will arrive later in 2021.
claire rousay is based in San Antonio, Texas. Her music zeroes in on personal emotions and the minutiae of everyday life — voicemails, haptics, environmental recordings, stopwatches, whispers and conversations — exploding their significance. rousay has released music on a range of labels, most notably Astral Spirits, Second Editions, Longform Editions and American Dreams, who in 2021 released a softer focus, a collaboration with visual artist Dani Toral.
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rousay’s music has received acclaim from NPR, which writes that rousay “enchants the ordinary,” and Pitchfork, which calls her music “quietly devastating.” rousay has presented music at venues like Issue Project Room, Casa Del Lago (CDMX) and Salon De Normandy (Paris), among many others, held residencies at Rhizome DC and Elastic Arts Exposure Series, and performed with musicians such as Ken Vandermark, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Jacob Wick and Tom Carter.
Elvis Perkins has released three full-length collections of songs, two under his own name (Ash Wednesday (’07 XL Recordings) & I Aubade (’15 MIR) and one under the band name Elvis Perkins in Dearland (’09 XL Recordings). The band with whom he has toured extensively also released the six-track Doomsday EP in 2009 (XL).
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In recent years Elvis has made two film scores: I Am the Pretty Thing the Lives in the House (Netflix, ’16) and The Blackcoat’s Daughter (A24 ’17). A soundtrack album for the latter was released via Death Waltz Recording Co. in 2017. His single, There Go the Nightmericans (’17), with the help of Revolutions Per Minute directs all proceeds to The Emergent Fund which supports communities most threatened by Trump administration policy.
Perkins spent much of 2018 & 2019 touring the world in the Beth Morrison Productions theater piece HOME, a large-scale theatrical work for which he wrote the music and in which he also appeared. A visual physical spectacle, HOME combines dance, illusion, live music, home-spun engineering, and an inventive use of audience interaction.
His most recent album Creation Myths was produced by Sam Cohen and released in October of 2020.
The LP makes subtle nods to Americana and spooky, blissed-out folk, but never lights for too long on any one spot. If there is a lyrical or thematic through-line to Creation Myths, it might simply be a longing for connection, be it romantic or spiritual. Perkins notes, “Sometimes you do the best things when you don’t know what you’re doing yet. I called this record Creation Myths because, in a way, I really don’t know how these songs came into being. So they are the explanation of themselves.”
“With Creation Myths he’s expanded beyond the familiar, with tickling, mystical results.” – Relix
Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) is a prolific national and international touring musician, poet, visual artist, and workshop facilitator. She is a vocalist in three collaborative performance groups: Irreversible Entanglements, MoorJewelry and 700bliss.
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As Moor Mother, she released her debut album Fetish Bones to critical acclaim in 2016. Since then, she has released multiple albums each year, working with frequent collaborators, Olof Melander, Mental Jewelry, and billy woods. Ayewa has facilitated workshops at Cornell University, MOFO Festival, Moogfest, Black Dot Gallery, among others. She is the co-founder of the multidisciplinary collective Black Quantum Futurism (BQF), co-founder and curator of Rockers! Philly, and has been an Artist-in-Residence at West Philadelphia Neighborhood Time Exchange and WORM! Rotterdam residency. Ayewa is a Pew Fellow (2017), a The Kitchen Inaugural Emerging Artist Awardee (2017), and a Leeway Transformation Awardee.
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (b. 1975) is an artist, curator and composer that works primarily with, but not limited to voice and modular synthesizer for sound in the realm of spontaneous music. Along with analog video synthesis works, he has brought forth an A/V proposal that has been a focus of live performance and installation/exhibition.
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The marriage of synthesis and the voice has allowed for a heightened physicality in the way of ecstatic music, both in a live setting and recorded. The sensitivity of analogue modular synthesis echoes the organic nature of vocal expression which in this case is meant to put forth a trancelike state.
Lowe’s works on paper tend towards human relations to the natural/magical world and the repetition of motifs.
As of late Robert has also put more focus on composition for film, both in solo scoring and collaboration.
Through collaboration Robert has worked with Ben Russell, Ben Rivers, Sabrina Ratté, Rose Lazar, Nicolas Becker, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Tarek Atoui, Philippe Parreno, Evan Calder Williams, Ariel Kalma, Susie Ibarra, YoshimiO, Alexandra Wolkowicz, Biba Bell, ADULT., Hildur Guđnadóttir, and Rose Kallal, as well as many others.
The Louisville native Sarah Beth Tomberlin makes music as Tomberlin. Since releasing her debut album, At Weddings, in 2018 on Saddle Creek, she’s toured with Pedro the Lion, Andy Shauf, American Football, and Alex G, played a Tiny Desk for NPR, and performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
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Her latest EP, Projections, which she recorded with Alex G, Sam Acchione, and frequent collaborator Molly Germer in Philadelphia, came out October 16 2020, also on Saddle Creek. She’s currently based in New York City and is working on her new record.
What hides in the fog that keeps people apart, and what does it take to cut through it? These questions hang heavily over Sarah Beth Tomberlin’s music, whose hushed and intimate tones orbit answers as much as they savor the unanswerable. To be in relation to another human being is to engage with a deep mystery: We are all fundamentally alone, siloed into confusing bodies, and yet occasionally we find someone who lets us feel as if we weren’t. Tomberlin, the Louisville native who recently relocated to New York City, delights in articulating and amplifying that mystery, picking out its details and marveling at its scale. In singing her aloneness she soothes it, and extends a hand to others reckoning with their own solitude–a paradox that warms her spectral songs.
Trouble creates extreme environments. Trouble is Sam Hillmer and Laura Paris.
William Basinski is a classically trained musician and composer who has been working in experimental media for over 30 years in NYC and most recently, California. Employing obsolete technology and analogue tape loops, his haunting and melancholy soundscapes explore the temporal nature of life and resound with the reverberations of memory and the mystery of time.
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His epic 4-disc masterwork, The Disintegration Loops received international critical acclaim and was chosen as one of the top 50 albums of 2004 by Pitchfork Media. The Temporary Residence deluxe LP box-set reissue from 2012 was awarded best re-issue of the year and a score of 10 on Pitchfork. Installations and films made in collaboration with artist-filmmaker, James Elaine have been presented in festivals and museums internationally, and his concerts are presented to sold out crowds around the world. Basinski was chosen by Music Director, Antony Hegarty to create music for the Robert Wilson opera, The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic which had its world premiere at the Manchester International Festival in July 2011 and toured Europe in 2012 and North America in 2013. Orchestral transcriptions of The Disintegration Loops by Maxim Moston have been performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Queen Elizabeth Hall and La Batie Festival in Geneva, Switzerland, Dark Mofo Festival in Hobart Tasmania and most recently Pitchfork Midwinter Festival with the Chicago Philharmonic. Basinski is currently touring the world in support of his latest work, “On Time Out of Time” which was released on March 8th, 2019 on Temporary Residence/2062/USA.