Basilica SoundScape, the carefully curated weekend of music, visual art, and literature that takes place each fall at Basilica Hudson, happens this weekend, beginning on Friday, September 14, and concluding on Sunday, September 16.
Basilica SoundScape eschews traditional festival headliners in favor of exploratory work and unique collaborations across disciplines. "There will be a lot of amazing things happening at this year's SoundScape," said Brandon Stosuy of The Creative Independent, co-presenter of Basilica SoundScape. "We like to avoid the typical festival rut, so we pushed to come up with other things, like site-specific installations by visual artists Laleh Khorramian and Jungil Hong, blended sets by Lightning Bolt and Hisham Akira Bharoocha's new project Yokubari, a site-specific dance project by FlucT, Grouper solo on a piano in the 19th-century factory, an old-school Prurient noise set, and a Miho Hatori soundbath." For the full lineup of events on Friday and Saturday, click here.
The festival ends on Sunday with a free afternoon of music, readings, performance, and food. The Sunday event, called "The Triptych," is curated by Hudson writer and artist Shanekia McIntosh and will include performance artist Martine Gutierre, cellist Zeelie Brown, singer/songwriter Lady Moon, dancer Davon, vocalist B Taylor, poet Joey De Jesus, and veteran of Warhol's Silver Factory Bibbe Hansen.
At 11 a.m. on Sunday, Basilica director and co-founder Melissa Auf der Maur, journalists Liz Pelly and Jenn Pelly, writer Hallie Goodman, and Lady Moon (Ngonda Badila) will host a community conversation on the growing importance of preserving spaces for underground arts and artists. Panelists will discuss tactical methods that artists can use to secure space and organize collectively to ensure the survival of innovative creative communities.
For SoundScape schedules and information and to purchase tickets, click here.