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, Moor Mother, Tomberlin, TROUBLE, William Basinski and more

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.

PS21

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 500 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!

VISUAL ART

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 myriad performances over the course of SoundScape weekend and is accompanied by light, projections, sound, and sculpture.

YOU ARE HERE (aka ‘the maze’) KNOCKDOWN CENTER, QUEENS, NY – 2016

CAMPING

Camping will be held at the newly remodeled Camp Dreem at the Meadowgreens Campground behind the Meadowgreens Golf Course, 1238 NY-9H, Ghent, NY 12075. Please note that everyone in your tent must buy their own camping pass. No dogs, please.

Camping includes:

– Restrooms, showers and electricity hookups at campground
– Plenty of shade, big trees, and beautiful fields
– Sauna, fire pits and grills

Basilica SoundScape 2021 Artists

Full lineup and schedule to come.

Rebuilding our world Post-COVID better than how it was will take deep heart and fearless creativity. Humbled by the challenges we reckoned with globally this past year, we must work together to be the change we want to see. To inspire that change, Basilica Hudson believes we must fuel our hearts and minds by supporting radical artists and gathering around them once again. This year Basilica Soundscape has been reimagined with an alliance of New York upstate and downstate shepherds of alternative culture, and is culminating in a mindful line up of boundary pushing pioneers. Like a salve to our longing for a better world, we look forward to communing in a big green field of sound with you!” Melissa Auf der Maur, Basilica Hudson co-founder and director.

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.

ABOUT BASILICA SOUNDSCAPE

Far from a typical music festival, Basilica SoundScape, co-presented with The Creative Independent, features live concert performances, conceptual sound performances, author readings, art installations, curated local vendors and artisans, on-site activities and more, creating an immersive, innovative weekend of art, music and culture. Basilica SoundScape features a lineup of some of the most innovative and genre-pushing musicians, visual artists and writers working today, with unique collaborations across disciplines. 

Previous artists to have played Basilica SoundScape include John Maus / FlucT / Zsela / Grouper / Hanif Abdurraqib / Low/ M Lamar / Haxan Cloak x Nick Zinner / Lightning Bolt / Stephen O’Malley’s Un Vide Dans Le Ciel / Gang Gang Dance / Richard Hell / Julianna Barwick Swans / Tim Hecker / Deafheaven / White Lung / Julia Holter / Thor Harris / Jenny Hval / Dorothea Lasky / Ariana Reines / Perfume Genius / Hilton Als / Wolves in the Throne Room / Angel Olsen / Explosions in the Sky / The Body / Bell Witch / Deradoorian / Mary Lattimore / Amber Tamblyn  / Emel Mathlouthi / Jlin / Moor Mother / serpentwithfeet / Eileen Myles / Morgan Parker / Marianne Vitale

ABOUT THE VENUE: PS21

PS21’s facility, completed in 2018, is a 300-seat open-air proscenium stage protected by a pavilion roof, which converts in cooler months to a geothermally heated and air-conditioned black box theater seating 99. The new facility is built with technologically advanced systems that can accommodate all levels of artistic needs–from the analog use of our extensive system of sprung dance floors so critical for the safety of movement-based performance, to our state-of-the-art lighting and sound capacities. The theater features one of the only fully LED green theatrical lighting systems in the country.

The new facility sits above a nineteenth-century apple orchard at the apex of over 100 acres of beautiful Hudson Valley land, at the foothills of the Berkshires. Just five acres have been developed; the rest are meadows and woodlands. Nearby are the Dance Barn, a rehearsal and performance venue, and two artists’ residences accommodating sixteen visitors. The PS21 property is also host to the Chatham Farm Animal Rescue. Learn more about their history and mission HERE.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Basilica SoundScape will adhere to all NYS event regulations, which currently encourages anyone unvaccinated to wear a mask per federal CDC guidance. 

Please remember that everyone is coming into SoundScape with a different level of comfort. For some, it will be the first larger gathering they’ve attended in over a year. Please extend compassion to your fellow SoundScape goers as we enter this new era with joy, and caution. 

We will continue to diligently monitor NYS guidelines and CDC updates, and will alert you of any changes in our plans. We ask that you remain patient as we work to present the safest, best version of SoundScape 21 possible after a global pandemic. Please contact info@basilicahudson.org with any questions.

“The absence of long lines, corporate sponsorships, and flower crowns have made [Basilica SoundScape] a banner weekend for adventurous listeners, and the program, as usual, is stunning.”

The New Yorker

“Soundscape is certainly unlike most festivals, emphasizing strong live sound, broad genre representation, and a legitimately diverse lineup; there just aren’t many other settings where an unusual post-punk/electronic band like Boy Harsher can capture a sizable audience at a headlining time. By asking audiences to pay close attention to heady, drawn-out, sometimes abrasive performances, Soundscape challenges the notion that festivals exist more for partying or networking than serious artistic experiences.”

Brooklyn Vegan

“It was a wild, exhilarating place to read my work. I would’ve expected it to be hard to get a music audience to focus on words but it was all pure energy, the space great and flowing, the overlap of that act to mine and the next created this really unique attention to sound that I was so glad to be a part of.”

Eileen Myles

“SoundScape, for me, feels honest, useful, communal, and real. It’s more a show than a festival. It’s more a family gathering than a show…Basilica Soundscape is, without a doubt, also the most fulfilling curatorial project of my life.”

Brandon Stosuy, Basilica SoundScape Co-Curator and Co-Founder of The Creative Independent

Partners

Past Supporters & Partners

Market New York // Red Bull // Consulate General of Iceland // Kickstarter // Poets & Writers // Savi // Sacred Bones Records // River Valley Arts Collective // Triptych // Pitchfork // The Collaborative // Bread Alone // Cottage Treasures // Sloop Brewing // Trapp Brewing // King’s Highway Fine Cider