September 13 – 15, 2019
Let other music festivals have their haute-hippie selfies and front-to-back rock-album recitals. Basilica SoundScape can now lay claim to its very own poet trolley—an antique trolley car retrofitted to host readings, a new addition to this upstate arts summit. SoundScape, the flagship weekend for the Hudson, New York, performance venue, evinces a mind-set that’s at once bookish and noisy.
Jay Ruttenberg, New Yorker
THANK YOU to the independent spirits and creative minds who joined us for a beautiful, bountiful weekend at Basilica Farm Flea Spring Market. And to our neighbors at Processional Arts and Hudson Area Library for the incredible Parade!
THANK YOU to every one of the 93 vendors that joined us, and deep thanks to our supporters and community sponsors for Basilica Farm & Flea Spring Market 2019: Green Mountain Energy, CYCLEffect, SunCommon, Columbia County Tourism and Drop Forge & Tool. We were also delighted to welcome Rural Intelligence and Edible Hudson Valley back as media partners.
IMAGE CREDITS: Aoko Su by Elise McMahon, Nina Z by Elise McMahon, Suncommon by Elise McMahon, Petit Pilou by Elise McMahon, Russell Jones Jewelry by Elise McMahon, Bells Beeswax Candles by Elise McMahon, Shana Lee Jewelry by Elise McMahon, Fahari Bazaar by Elise McMahon, Aubry by Elise McMahon, Folkart by Mary Shelley carving demonstration by Elise McMahon, Crooked Stick Pops fan wearing Petit Pilou by Elise McMahon
I first saw Camae Ayewa perform as Moor Mother when Brandon Stosuy invited her to play our 2017 festival Basilica SoundScape. Watching her set, I was shocked and activated. I turned to my friend and tried to explain my mind’s attempt to make sense of what I was watching:
“Moor Mother is like Courtney Love merged with H.R. from Bad Brains, and a jazz mashup playing backwards on a broken machine — with the angel of Eazy-E hovering above her shoulder.”
Totally nuts. It was the most exciting performance I had seen in years.
It was something brand new and a reflection of a future I could believe in.
As a Canadian living in the USA, and searching for the meaning of ‘American’, I see Ayewa as the most relevant American voice working in music and sound today. Black. Female. Political. Noise Artist. Performance Artist. Technically masterful. Empowered. Unafraid. Confronting. Honest. Beautiful.
As a lifelong devoted musician, who has spent most of the last decade on ‘maternity leave’ to raise a daughter and an arts center that strives to be platform for independent and innovative voices in arts & culture, Moor Mother is an example of what I am seeking. In an oddly ever-evolving world of arts, culture, corporate takeover and political mania, our music festivals at Basilica Hudson, in particular, are where I am learning the most. From a producer and audience perspective, Moor Mother is one of the greatest revelations of this new chapter of mine.
It’s rare when the visceral power of human emotional, political and intellectual are equally woven, sounding unlike anyone but that individual’s landscape. Jazz. Feminism. Activism. Noise. Industrial. Machines. Human. Broken. Sophisticated.
You MUST go discover the world and work of MOOR MOTHER for yourself.
NYC Friends! She is with you this week! GO!
Melissa Auf der Maur
Co-Founder and Director, Basilica Hudson
EXPERIMENTS IN SOUND AND MUSIC
From quadrophonic, doppler effect surround sound, to endurance tape loops and devotional dawn incantations, our fifth annual 24-HOUR DRONE: EXPERIMENTS IN SOUND AND MUSIC was everything we could have hoped for. Uplifting, buoyant and transformative, it was a homage to sound, a homage to the humanity of sharing space, and a homage to openness, willingness, generosity and stamina.
24-HOUR-DRONE is an incredibly powerful, collective endurance exercise in listening up and blissfully sitting still that – honestly – approaches holiness. One of the best and deepest ways to spend a weekend!
Ben Seretan, artist
June – November 2019
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Basilica Hudson is proud to continue its Hudson As Muse Basilica Back Gallery Artist In Residence Series through 2019. The series invites artists to explore the location itself as muse and to create work with the eclectic present and past of this river city as central inspiration.
Back Gallery Opening events are the culmination of artists spending time in and experiencing the space, before opening it up to the public.