Jupiter Nights: Debit // Ben Seretan
DOORS 7PM, MUSIC 8PM
At the Basilica Gallery Building
108 South Front Street, Hudson, NY 12534 (right next to the main building on our campus)
FOOD BY LOCAL 111
JUPITER NIGHTS – Basilica Hudson’s new weekly series of arts events in our Gallery Building – continues with an evening of lush and dissonant soundscapes by Mexican-American producer Debit (NYC) and local musician Ben Seretan (Troy, NY).
In unexpected fusions of ambient techno and dissonance with reggaeton, baile funk and other latin-based club beats, Mexican-American producer Debit harnesses the cerebral and the physical, moving our bodies and minds to her cross-genre experiments. A visual artist and musician since childhood, Beatriz started making DIY hardware and circuit bending music in duo HDXD in 2012, after a move to Mexico City inspired by travels in South America and the U.S. There she befriended and began working with some of the producers behind groundbreaking label and collective N.A.A.F.I. before moving to NYC.
With one foot still in CDMX, she kicked off her solo DJ and production career, remixing Angolan tarraxa rhythms into Missy Elliott’s Get Ur Freak On for the Pirata 4 mixtape on N.A.A.F.I. Less than a year later, her Animus LP became the first full-length solo album for the label. A hybrid of ambient techno and underground club rhythms, the album unpacks the psycho-sexual and political concept of “animus” by building a haunting, reverb-drenched world—industrial and ethereal and almost uncomfortably arresting. As part of NYC’s electronic underground, she DJs regularly at the Lot Radio in BK.
Ben Seretan is a musician and writer who is always up to something, and has been for a while now. His work morphs and shifts frequently – in 2018 he doled out My Life’s Work, a 24-hour-long piece of guitar drone autobiography but then followed it in early 2020 with Youth Pastoral, a mega-church-sized, full-band album about breaking up (with God) that was named one of the best of the year by Pitchfork (“bursting with exuberance”). Another left turn – 2021 brought Cicada Waves, a serene record consisting entirely of an antique piano and encountered sound from the Appalachian woods (“There’s a moment towards the end where Seretan spontaneously duets with a nearby songbird and it’s one of the most magical things you’ll hear this (or any) year.” -Aquarium Drunkard). He also maintains My Big Break, a hard-to-describe biweekly newsletter featuring new writing and new recordings. Seretan currently lives in Troy, NY where he enjoys watching Columbo and working as a bartender at a local DIY venue.