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.