FEST: 24-Hour Drone @ Basilica Hudson in Hudson This Weekend


The 24-Hour Drone returns to Basilica Hudson this weekend. The fourth annual muaical marathon in Hudson promises to be an immersive, all-encompassing event featuring an international roster of musicians and sound artists collaborating and experimenting in electronic, psychedelic, classical, non-western and instrumental drone music to create a full 24 hours of unbroken sound.

The Drone kicks off at 12noon on Saturday (April 28) and continues non-stop through 12noon on Sunday with a dizzying array of drone music from bagpipes to no-wave composers, from Indonesian gamelan to ambient electronics and beyond…

“24-Hour Drone is a shared experience devoted to unifying players and listeners alike,” said the fest’s co-curator and Basilica Hudson co-founder Melissa Auf der Maur. “We aim to bring cultures together, demonstrating the diversity inherently present within all music. The cross-pollination of instrumentation, musical traditions and culture creates a tapestry of human experience, elevating the whole, greater than the sum of its parts. Diversity of sound creates a seamless sonic and communal experience, with connections and dialogues opened in unexpected ways.”

Performers during the marathon will include Arranged Marriage NP, Bill Brovold & the Mystical Miniature Orchestra, Cicada Dream, Corey Bauer, Drab, Drew Joy, Dronechoir Syllaba, the Drone Bench, Dylan Kraus, Gamelan Kusuma Laras, Hotel Neon, Hudson Boys Club, Julia Kent, Kite, Lama Lhanang Rinpoche Tibetan Healing Chant, Laraaji & Arji OceAnanda, the Less Effectives, Margot Becker, Marilu Donovan & Tristan Kasten-Krause, Mark Wagner: Son of the Sun, New Castrati, New London Drone Orchestra, PAUL, Pharmakon, members of the Capital Region Celtic Pipe Band, Rebecca Borrer, Reiki Drone, Sahba Sizdahkhani, Sontag Shogun, Steve Gorn & Jody Elff, Sympathy for Astronauts and WYTXHDES DRYYNXSE.

Tickets for the 24-Hour Drone are on sale now, priced at $36 in advance; $48 at the door. Attendees will be free to come and go throughout the 24-hour festival.

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