Program & Marketing Manager (2024)
Basilica Hudson seeks a Program & Marketing Manager to join our team. This position reports to and collaborates with the Director of Programs and will also work closely with the interim Executive Director.
The Program and Marketing Manager (PMM) is responsible for multiple aspects of Basilica Arts’ (BA’s) marketing and promotion activities, including website and social media management, designing graphics, and effective ad placements; and also supports production activities, such as box office coordination, customer service, and event staff management. Basilica Arts is run by a small team: This position is therefore very collaborative and involved in day-to-day operations.
The ideal candidate has prior marketing and/or event production experience with an arts organization. They must be detail-oriented and community-minded with a strong sense for compelling writing and graphic design and be able to capture Basilica’s unique magic — both from its current programming and its extensive archive — and project it in all communications. The candidate should be knowledgeable about current marketing tactics, fluent and effective in advertising and/or social media, and very comfortable interfacing directly with event attendees, partners and artists. They will provide expertise, energy, and enthusiasm in coordinating, publicizing, ticketing, documenting, archiving and generally making successful Basilica’s efforts.
Responsibilities shared with Director of Programs:
Promotions & Communications
- Strategize marketing plans for each program
- Manage digital and print ad placements
- Promotion of programs to include
- Manage and develop social media presence, focusing on fostering engagement and expanding reach
- Update website with news, event pages, and event & season recaps
- Contribute to regular e-newsletters
- Create, manage, and distribute ticket links via DICE
- Distribute or coordinate distribution of posters/postcards/banners in Hudson and surrounding areas
- Upload events to calendar listing sites (Trixie’s List, Resident Advisor, etc.)
- Use programs such as Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Illustrator to create social media graphics, ads, sponsorship decks and other digital materials
- Support video and photo editing functions as needed
- Support creation of content for donor cultivation
- Work on-site for all BA events and ensure adequate staffing
- On-site work may include
- Support box office, bar, and stage staff
- Artist hospitality
- Customer service
- Assist staff with on-site event set-up and breakdown including signage, crowdflow, box office, bar and other general building preparation
- Collaborate on event-specific merchandise designs and orders
- Assist with maintenance of organization’s Google drive (programming information, contracts, photos, etc.)
- Develop press archive including best-of pull quotes
- A passion for community-based arts programming
- Writing both long- and short-form content
- Confidence to take initiative, problem-solve and stay level-headed in fast-paced environments while working live events
- Comfortable with modern office tools including Zoom & Google Workspace
- A people person who thrives working with a tight-knit team and outside partners
- Use of a personal laptop computer is required
Additional Desirable Abilities:
- Graphic design
- Event photography
- Knowledge of and connection to Hudson and the Hudson Valley
- Social media best practices, particularly with regard to expanding engagement & reach
Location, Schedule, and Compensation:
Basilica Hudson is located on the waterfront in Hudson, NY. This is a salaried position on a remote/hybrid basis. Though benefits will not be offered through Basilica directly, the PMM will receive a stipend for healthcare costs. Candidates must be able to work occasional late evenings and weekends for on-site events. Required hours vary depending on program needs but do not exceed an average of 40 hours per week.
About Basilica Hudson:
Housed in a solar-powered, reclaimed 1880s industrial factory, Basilica Hudson is a nonprofit multidisciplinary arts center located in Hudson, NY. We welcome more than 20,000 visitors each season to genre-pushing music festivals, art installations, large-scale marketplace events, film screenings, dance parties, and other bold community programs while always maintaining a dedication to serving our region’s ecology and our city’s human population.
Basilica Hudson presents varied work in collaboration with hundreds of artists, performers, filmmakers, chefs, designers, makers, and other assorted human beings each season striving to forge communal experiences that aspire to the scale, grit, and beauty of its surroundings.
2023 Year in Review
The return of DRONE, the return of SoundScape, the most heavily attended Farm & Flea on record, and our largest ever dance party – these are just some of the tremendous things Basilica Hudson was able to accomplish in 2023. Thank you for being a vital part of it, whether you attended an event in person, found a way to support our efforts through donations, sponsorship, or our Patreon, or simply watched the proceedings and rooted from a distance. It was a banner year, as you’ll see.
Sometimes the biggest swings and the most crucial efforts can go unseen. Though so much work and imagination went into our Net Zero Campus Renovation project last year, you may not have even noticed these improvements. Yet the concrete floor, newly poured in April of 2023, now keeps the space cozy and habitable with efficient, solar-powered, radiant heat. New air conditioners, freshly mounted throughout the spaces of the Main Hall, similarly make it more humanly possible to gather in the summer. Underlying every huge gathering in 2023 were our efforts to make the space better: a greener, more usable, more beautiful restoration of a 19th-century factory, all part of the BASILICA GREEN initiative.
Gigs & Parties
The season began with what might be our most ambitious annual program: 24-HOUR DRONE. Equal parts challenging and transcendent, 24-HOUR DRONE throws down a sonic gauntlet and rewards the patient and resilient listener with revelations of sound in a totally unique performance environment.
In 2023 we featured performances by local talents, revered legends, an entire gamelan ensemble, and the Pulitzer Prize winning composer Raven Chacon, pictured above during a marathon 3-hour late night endurance set that was transcendentally confrontational. Photay, Celia Hollander, Laraaji, and Arji OceAnanda also played a set together, their first ever collaboration. You can read a more thorough recap here.
(by the way DRONE returns in 2024 on May 18th – tickets are on sale now)
In June the famous and patriotic Hudson Flag Day parade once again made its way down Front Street and so there was only one possible response: (FREAK) Flag Day, an all-ages gothwave counterparty featuring unstoppable dance party sets by xMAdMx, Scotia, and DJ Lavish. We fogged it out and raged all night in the newly refurbished West Wing Bar and had the absolutely best possible view of the town’s truly epic fireworks display, set off right in Basilica’s parking lot.
Thursdays belong to Jupiter. In the spirit of cosmic abundance and expansion, we once again spent our summer presenting Jupiter Nights, an intimate concert series in our Gallery Building. Taking place among the brick and art on the walls, these shows are special and despite taking place in a smaller building they feel just as grand as anything that happens in the Main Hall. Plus, we make a point to offer extremely good food every time there’s a show. Curated broadly by musician Allison Young, 2023’s series featured everything from the ethereal trombone clouds of Kalia Vandever to the data crunched rock of Water From Your Eyes and the visceral outre gestures of Neti-Neti, the duo of vocalist Amirtha Kidambi and percussionist Matt Evans. Songwriter Emily Ritz, pictured above, closed out the series.
Expanding on the tremendous T4T LUV NRG party that went down in 2022, Basilica and the Bunker teamed up once again last July for a classic, sweaty, packed, laser lit rave in the Main Hall (with a chill-out room in the Gallery, of course). The DJs, the sound techs, and the lighting designers completely transformed the space and took all of us dancers to another planet (see the photo above). Is there anything more beautiful than hazer escaping from the doors of the foundry as dawn breaks over the Hudson?
Along with 24-HOUR DRONE, Basilica is probably best known for the ambitious weekend of art and music known as SoundScape. And though 2023’s iteration of the revered festival took place over the course of only one day, the event was no less crammed full of unbelievable music, visual art, dancing, used books, food, curios, and other delights. The North Hall featured a pop-up version of Dan Bunny’s Warren Street staple John Doe Records with open mic performances from a barrage of visionaries. The Gallery featured the colorful pop art and bonafide rock star personage of Niagara Detroit, curated by the New Gallery. The West Wing featured both an opening invocation by Zannie and a slamming afterparty organized by Audiofemme and DJ’d by Alima Lee. And the Main Hall barely contained a blistering set by Irreversible Entanglements, a grandly moving performance by Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and readings in the rafters – one of this festival’s most unique offerings – by Shanekia McIntosh and Hanif Abdurraqib, pictured above.
Ethel Cain easily wins the record for almost instantaneously selling out a gig at Basilica – we have never before experienced such a demand for a performer! Her anthemic, soaring, dark Americana epics nourished a young, yearning, enthusiastic crowd, many who traveled a long distance to simply be in the same room as her. Also featuring a special opening set from Skullcrusher, this gig was certainly one for the books and we thank our collaborators at the Bowery Presents for putting together this vividly coveted concert.
Following the hugely successful Stereolab gig we teamed up for in 2022, Chosen Family once again brought an enormous rock ‘n’ roll spectacle to the Main Hall: legendary Britpop spacemen Spiritualized, a band that needs no openers. Packed house, towering guitars, two straight hours of music, a lighting rig that could probably give the band a sunburn, plus gospel choir backup singers – what more could you want in a gig?
Film / Moving Image
During the big shutdown of 2020, the band Buke & Gase refused to stay quiet. Instead, they set up a barrage of microphones and their homemade instruments in our giant, empty space and cut a ferociously powerful live recording of soaring melodies, off-kilter rhythms, and joyful string noise. In 2023 we had the sweet opportunity to finally host a free screening of the resulting documentary – and yes, we played it LOUD! It should be mentioned that the doc is currently available for on-demand viewing.
We also hosted screenings from the inaugural year of the Hudson Film Festival, an exciting new weekend summer series bringing a wide range of new names, festival favorites, and films you couldn’t otherwise see in a theater in the Hudson Valley. Highlights included a documentary on scholastic mariachi and a campy, gnarly, horror film, plus dazzling shorts. Their second year of programming will take place the weekend of August 9th – stay tuned!
Though the work of Anita Glesta does involve projected moving images, her work is deliciously neither film nor sculpture and we were delighted to feature a show of her work across the entire Main Hall curated by Jessica Wallen. Hung from the rafters, installed beyond the sliding blast door of an old factory kiln, and spilling out from the cinema screen, Glesta’s uncanny representative meditations on bodies and anxiety engendered an uncannily beautiful unease.
And though we weren’t able to host the Climate Action Film Festival in 2023 (due to our ongoing renovations toward a net zero campus), we were enthusiastic partners in its screening at Hudson Hall. It was incredible to see so many people show up on behalf of the planet!
The Gallery overflowed with ambitious presentations of visual art this year.
During Jupiter Nights, we showed sumptuous painting works in progress by Bei Ni and a typewriter-and-lace heavy installation by Alex Patrick Dyck (the result of a monthlong residency on site).
In the Fall, Basilica hosted the New Gallery as guest curators. They presented an entirely new show each month from September through November (a truly impressive feat!), including a survey of the works of Iranian street artist Mizra Hamid, a fantastic group show featuring graffiti legend Crash, and an impressively rock ‘n’ roll solo show of works by musician and painter Niagara Detroit, pictured above.
Farm & Flea
Though our extensive construction work meant that we were unable to host a Spring iteration of Basilica Farm & Flea in 2023, you all came out for local business in a big way for the 10th anniversary Holiday Market over Thanksgiving Weekend – our largest attendance to date! Record sales all around on tickets, food, and goods. With over 90 cheerful vendors from our community, the Main Hall took on a festive, warm, communal air – friendly chatter mingled with the smells of tooled leather, vintage clothes, dried flowers, and freshly cooked food for a totally charming atmosphere. We thank the team at LikeMindedObjects for curating and organizing such a wonderful event!
Though we like to think that every event at Basilica – with perhaps the exception of all night parties – are open to people of all ages and friendly to families of all configurations, some of our programming is more geared toward education, community engagement, and fun for kids. Two events we hosted this year were particularly successful in getting out the youth. In October, all manner of ghosts, ghoulies, and goblins made the long rainy walk down Warren Street for a culminating costume contest as part of the Hudson Halloween Parade and a spooky, amazing time was had by all. Then, in the run up to the Farm & Flea Holiday Market, we collaborated with Shaker Museum and LikeMindedObjects on an incredible and inclusive textile reuse workshop and panel, an event that combined ecological fashion practice, knowledge sharing, and local history for a uniquely enriching night. Finally, to round out the year, Basilica loaned its space to the Hawthorne Valley School for their winter concert – an incredibly sweet (and well attended!) night of music.
As you join us in reflecting on Basilica Hudson’s year of programming, we hope you can feel a sense of price: truly none of this would be possible without our artists, supporters, audience members, individual donors, community partners, and generous sponsors. What we’re able to accomplish in this eco-friendly factory is truly a group effort, a communal lift, and we hope you’ll join us again in 2024.
Many thanks to the individual donors and Patreon subscribers that made this 2023 season possible.
Partners: Chosen Family, the Bunker NY, the New Gallery, the Creative Independent, LikeMindedObjects, Sarah Van Buren, Le Guess Who?, Second Ward Foundation, Allison Young, Shaker Museum, Hudson Film Festival, Hudson Halloween Parade, Hawthorne Valley School, Scenic Hudson, Bowery Presents, WGXC
Sponsors: SunCommon, Kneller Insurance Agency, Hover Foundation, Hudson Valley Ceremonies, Black Diamond Bookkeeping, the Wick, Hudson Roastery, Wylde Hudson, Gotham Dispensary, Williams Lumber & Home Centers, Stewart’s Shops, Wm. Farmer & Sons, Bank of Greene County
Basilica Hudson’s 2023 season programming was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
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.