Friday, September 13 – Sunday, September 15 2019
A Weekend of Music + Art
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Basilica SoundScape, a carefully curated weekend that’s been called “the antifestival” for offering of a thoughtful mix of music, visual art, and literature, is presented by The Creative Independent’s Brandon Stosuy and Basilica Hudson co-founders Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone with additional creative direction from long-time visual and design director of SoundScape, and former Pitchfork Creative Director Mike Renaud – now head of Chicago-based integrated creative studio Varyer, who are formally joining the team as co-presenters of the event. SoundScape 2019 will also feature the talents of two guest collaborators, author Jenn Pelly (Pitchfork, 33 ⅓: The Raincoats) and head of Sacred Bones Records Caleb Braaten.
Previous artists to have played Basilica SoundScape include John Maus / FlucT / Grouper / Hanif Abdurraqib / 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 / Bell Witch / Deradoorian / Mary Lattimore / Amber Tamblyn / Emel Mathlouthi / Jlin / John Maus / Moor Mother / serpentwithfeet / Eileen Myles / Morgan Parker / Marianne Vitale
IMAGE CREDITS: Gang Gang Dance, Hank Woods & The Hammerheads, FlucT, Miho Hatori, Hanif Abdurraqib, Eileen Myles, Morgan Parker, Marianne Vitale, DIIV, Usnea – all images by Samantha Marble