February 9, 2011

Review of last Friday's event in NUVO

The Indianapolis alternative and arts weekly publication NUVO gave a very positive review of our performance event last Friday! Check out the review here:


January 27, 2011

GLACIER LAYER II next Friday in Indianapolis

On Friday, February 4, 2011, the music and multi-media performing arts organization BASILICA will present GLACIER LAYER II, an evening of music and multi-media performances at the Murphy Arts Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Solo performances will be given at 7:00 and 8:00 P.M., and full ensemble performances will be given at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 P.M. Doors will open at 6:00 P.M.

BASILICA guitarist Derek Johnson will be giving solo performances at 7:00 and 8:00 P.M. These performances will include music that Derek will be performing at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in Amsterdam this April. Derek's program includes works by Dutch composers Louis Andriessen and Jacob Ter Veldhuis, Italian composer Fausto Romitelli, and American composers Elliott Carter, Michael Fiday, and Scott Johnson.

BASILICA's full ensemble of musicians will be giving performances at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 P.M. The program for each of these performances will include Joe Molinaro's "Grind Piece" and Charlie Olvera's "Modifiers No. 1," both compositions which were written exclusively for BASILICA. The program will conclude with Louis Andriessen's "Workers Union."

All of the evening's performances will be given in conjunction with video art by IUPUI music and arts technology faculty member Jordan Munson. Jordan will present new interactive video projection that transforms the music and other sounds of the performance environment directly into a real-time video representation of the sounds.

BASILICA will be serving baked goods and coffee throughout the event. The premiere of Brooke Merry's official GLACIER cupcake will be featured.

Admission to this event is free. Donations at the door will be encouraged and appreciated.

GLACIER LAYER II will be held in Studio 204 B at the Murphy Arts Center, which is located at 1043 Virginia Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana. This event will coincide with the IDADA's monthly First Friday Art Tour, so be sure to come and check out all of the other art and performance events that will be going on here in the Fountain Square area and all across Indianapolis that night.

January 1, 2011

BASILICA seeking violinist

BASILICA is currently seeking a violinist for performances beginning immediately. For further information, please click on "Information for Violinists" above or simply click here. If you or anyone you know might be interested in this unique opportunity, please contact us!

November 27, 2010

THUNDER PERFECT MIND II this Friday in Indianapolis

On Friday, December 3, 2010, the music and multi-media performing arts organization BASILICA will present "THUNDER PERFECT MIND II: Reverberations and Realizations," a music and multi-media performance-installation at the Murphy Arts Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Doors will open at 6:00 P.M., and three renditions of the evening's performance program will be given at 8:00, 9:00, and 10:00 P.M.

This event celebrates the one-year anniversary of BASILICA's first music and multi-media production at the Murphy Arts Center, which was entitled "THUNDER PERFECT MIND: An Exploration of Light, Sound, and Consciousness." The sequel that will be presented on this December 3 draws and expands upon the themes and content of last year's event.

THUNDER PERFECT MIND II will further explore the written and spoken word in a new audio-video presentation of the ancient epic poem "Thunder Perfect Mind." BASILICA director Ben S. Jacob has prepared this new interpretation of the text, which will be realized at this event by a spoken recitation as well as video animation of the text by New York City-based BASILICA video artist Rob Dietz.

This event will also feature further celebration of the written and spoken word through the world premiere of a composition by Joe Molinaro entitled "Breakdowns of the Bicameral Mind," a work that draws inspiration from the controversial work of historical psychology "The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind" by Julian Jaynes. This new arrangement will feature a vocal performance by the composer himself in a style of extreme vocalization reminiscent of the musical traditions that have been an influence on BASILICA's instrumental music hitherto.

BASILICA will complete the evening's performance program with the thunderous reverberations of Workers Union, an epic 20-minute work by Dutch composer Louis Andriessen.

THUNDER PERFECT MIND II will also feature the world premiere of the new work of neo-abstract expressionist painting by BASILICA artist Christian Fillippo entitled "The Falling Forest of Iron and Dreams." Other works by Christian Fillippo will be on display as well.

Finally, BASILICA will be presenting another array of vegan and non-vegan baked delights by Brooke Merry as well as coffee to keep you going through all of the First Friday events. Brooke's menu this month will feature the premiere of her vegan tiramisu cupcakes as well as seasonal baked goods.

THUNDER PERFECT MIND II will be held in Studio 204 B at the Murphy Arts Center, which is located at 1043 Virginia Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana. This event will coincide with the IDADA's monthly First Friday Art Tour, so be sure to come and check out all of the other art and performance events that will be going on here in the Fountain Square area and all across Indianapolis that night.

October 30, 2010

BASILICA Café and Bake Sale Fundraiser

On Friday, November 5, BASILICA will be holding a bake sale fundraiser at the Murphy Arts Center. Coffee and both vegan and non-vegan baked goods will be served. The event will also feature a video art gallery that includes new video art by BASILICA member Joe Molinaro.

If you have enjoyed BASILICA's music and multi-media productions and would like to support our future work, please make sure to come by and purchase some coffee... and baked goods or simply make a donation as you enjoy the new work that we'll have on display!

This event will be presented in conjunction with the first annual Murphy's Seasonal Bazaar, an arts, crafts, and gifts shopping extravaganza featuring handmade gifts for the winter holiday season. More information about Murphy's Seasonal Bazaar can be found here:


This event will also coincide with the monthly First Friday gallery walk, so be sure to come and check out all of the other art and performance events that will be going on here in the Fountain Square area and all across Indianapolis on Friday night!

August 25, 2010

BASILICA guitarist Derek Johnson performing at the Murphy Arts Center on First Friday

On Friday, September 3, guitarist and composer Derek Johnson will be performing works for electric guitar at the BASILICA Studio in the Murphy Art Center in Indianapolis. Doors open at 6:00 P.M., and the program will include music by American composer Steve Reich, Dutch composer Louis Andriessen, Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen Holmgreen, and Michael Fiday. The program will be performed at 8:00 P.M. and then again in its entirety at 9:00 P.M. Audio and video art improvisations will also be performed throughout the evening. Admission to this event is free, and all ages are welcome!

February 2, 2010

BASILICA at the February First Friday at the Murphy Art Center!

This Friday, February 5, 2010, music and multi-media performing arts group BASILICA will present GLACIER LAYER, an evening of experimental and interactive music and art in Suite 2 of the Murphy Art Center. This event will feature paintings and other installed art by Christian Fillippo; Professor Derek Johnson and the Ball State University Electric Guitar Quartet performing minimalist and post-minimalist music by Louis Andriessen, David Lang, and Kyle Gann; dronescapes and interactive video displays using infra-red motion detection technology by Professor Andrew Bucksbarg and Robert Lyon from Indiana University Bloomington; music, sound, and light improvisations by the Goodhands Team; layers of sound spun by DJ Spikes; and visual and acoustic space treatments installed by Nicole Wolfersberger. The refined version of the optical theremin choir featured at Thunder Perfect Mind will also be on display, and optical theremins will be available for purchase at the event.

GLACIER LAYER will be held from 6:00 to 11:00 P.M. on Friday, February 5 at the Murphy Art Center at 1043 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203. This event is kindly sponsored by a grant from Midwest Emerging Artists and is part of the IDADA First Friday Art Tour which is held in downtown Indianapolis every month. Admission is free of charge, and all ages are welcome to attend. Audience participation will be welcomed and encouraged!

November 23, 2009

BASILICA at December First Friday at the Murphy Art Center!

On Friday, December 4, BASILICA will present a three-hour multi-media production entitled "Thunder Perfect Mind: An Exploration of Sound, Light, and Consciousness" at the December First Friday at the Murphy Art Center in the Fountain Square area of Indianapolis, located at 1043 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203. Admission is free of charge and open to all ages. Further details forthcoming!

September 18, 2009

Tomorrow night in Indianapolis! BASILICA at ORANJE 2009!

Tomorrow night BASILICA will present a six-hour multi-media production entitled "Total Immersion: An Interactive Experience of Sound, Light, and Motion" at the ORANJE 2009 Contemporary Art and Music Exhibition in Indianapolis, Indiana! Total Immersion will be by far the most amazing production that BASILICA has ever created and will include over 40 musicians, artists, and dancers, so we hope to see you there for this one-night-only event!

For more information about Total Immersion, check out the BASILICA feature in the NUVO arts publication at:


And for more information about the ORANJE 2009 Contemporary Art and Music Exhibition, check out the feature article at:


And the ORANJE website at:


See you at the show!

May 6, 2009

Review of the BASILICA performance at the Telematic Ensemble Concert

Our performance at the IUPUI Telematic Ensemble conert in Indianapolis on April 30 was given the following review in the alternative arts publication NUVO:



September 24, 2008

BASILICA performance at ORANJE 2008 reviewed!

Our performance at the ORANJE 2008 music and arts exhibition received the following review:


July 5, 2008

Art Hospital show reviewed!

Our performance at the Art Hospital in Bloomington, Indiana on June 19 received the following review:


March 12, 2008

Interview with violinist Kate Withrow

BASILICA violinist Kate Withrow was recently interviewed by The Apparatus for an article entitled "Female Artists in Technical Music" !

Click here to read the article:


October 27, 2007

BASILICA Online Store!

BASILICA has recently launched an online store here on our website! Please visit the store and help support us by purchasing some of the fine recordings and merchandise that we have available!

Just click here to visit the store. There you'll find CDs, DVDs, t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, and even clocks, coffee mugs, and more!

Please check out the goods and place your order soon!

Thank you, and be well.

October 9, 2007

New violinist!

BASILICA is proud to announce that our new violinist Federico Nathan will be joining us for our performance this Thursday, October 11! BASILICA will be kicking off this show, so make sure to arrive early to catch this very special performance. Federico is a talented violinist from Uruguay, South America and is a fluent jazz and classical musician. For more about Federico, please visit our Personnel page. And for information about our performance this Thursday, visit our Performances page.

In other news, BASILICA’s debut CD theforevervictoriousunfathomablegreatmightyone is currently being featured in the online webzine The Apparatus at:


The Apparatus has also given this CD a very fine review, which you can read here:


BASILICA will also be featured tonight on the radio program ArtWorks. This program will be broadcast from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. (Eastern Daylight Savings Time) on WFIU FM radio and will include interviews with members of BASILICA and other artists who will be performing this Thursday, October 11 at Uncle Fester's here in Bloomington, Indiana. If you live in the Bloomington, Indiana area, you can tune in to WFIU at 100.3 FM on your radio. Otherwise, you can listen online through the WFIU website at:


This program will feature some interesting discussions of arts, culture, and creativity as well as music by all of the artists discussed. Enjoy!

August 26, 2007

Come see BASILICA at ORANJE 2007 !

Click on the flyer below for more details:

August 14, 2007

If you live in the Bloomington, Indiana area, be sure to tune into Episode 4 of The Devil's Advocate tonight on B-CATS Channel 7 to see a live performance by BASILICA!  This episode will be broadcast on B-CATS at 10:00 P.M. (EDT) tonight, Tuesday, August 14!

Check out this preview:

BASILICA - Preview to the Devil's Advocate, Episode 4

The Devil's Advocate is a locally produced television series that is directed by filmmaker Adam Fisher.  Episode 4 features scenes from a concert in South Bend, Indiana on Friday, April 27 and includes performances by BASILICA and World Takeover.


June 23, 2007

Matt Straw of WIUX radio will be interviewing BASILICA's Ben S. Jacob and will be playing some of our music on his radio program The Voice of the Voiceless on Saturday, June 23 at 3:00 P.M. (Eastern Daylight Savings Time).  We will be discussing BASILICA and related artists and music projects and will be playing tracks by other artists as well.  If you're in the Bloomington, Indiana area, you can listen to this program on 99.1 FM on your radio.  Otherwise, you can listen online by visiting WIUX radio's website at www.wiux.org.

Happy listening!

May 8, 2007

BASILICA music and merchandise is now available for mail order!

Our debut CD theforevervictoriousunfathomablegreatmightyone is available for $10, including shipping & handling within the United States.

We still have our custom-made t-shirts available for $13, including shipping & handling within the United States. Small and Extra-Large sizes are still available!

Please use PayPal to send payment to BASILICA using the following e-mail address:


BASILICA's debut CD theforevervictoriousunfathomablegreatmightyone is now also available for purchase via digital download through BrutalProg.Com! BrutalProg.Com is an online MP3 store specializing in underground music that falls under the banner of Brutal Prog. This could be, but is not limited to, progressive rock, avant garde, free jazz, death metal, and zuehl.

BrutalProg.Com will be selling our CD as a single download for $5.99. This download includes all 7 tracks from the CD plus a high-resolution PDF file of the CD's artwork.

To order this digital dowload, visit the BrutalProg.Com website at:


And make sure to check out all of BrutalProg.Com's other releases while you're there!

You can also visit BrutalProg.Com on MySpace at:


Thanks so much for your support!

May 7, 2007


The music of BASILICA is featured on this week's installment of BOWED RADIO, a weekly podcast program that features music made with bowed string instruments such as violins, cellos, and fiddles. This week's episode includes Tracks 5 and 6 from our debut CD theforevervictoriousunfathomablegreatmightyone as well as music by the following artists:

Moripton - A violinist from of Osaka, Japan. He has been primarily working as a guitarist with the band Stonehenge. He is currently devloping his violin work - this is one of his first recorded pieces.

The Helix Quartet - A non-traditional quartet from France whose instrumentation consists of two violins, tenor violin, and double bass. Their work is wildly eclectic - with elements of Irish, gypsy, jazz, country-werstern, and others.

Avner Dorman - An Israeli-born composer currently residing in New York. His work is seemless, using non-traditional instrumentation with great invention of melody. Or to rephrase, his work doesn't sound nearly as strange as you might expect. The recording featured on this program is the world premiere, recorded late last year. The US premiere will take place on May 24 at the Angel Orensanz Center for the Arts, 172 Norfolk Street in the lower east side of New York. Featured mandolin soloist will be Avi Avital.

Click here to listen to this episode of BOWED RADIO !

And to find out more about BOWED RADIO and to listen to more episodes, visit the BOWED RADIO website here:


And visit BOWED RADIO on MySpace at:



April 25, 2007

We have just posted a new Personnel page here on our website! If you're interested in finding out more about the individual members of our group, please click here for all the details!

April 24, 2007


BASILICA is currently auditioning new violinists:

For more information, please read and listen to the Information for Prospective Members and then contact us at basilicaproject@gmail.com to schedule an audition!

April 9, 2007

The BASILICA online photo gallery is now available for your viewing pleasure! The gallery includes several albums from performances, rehearsals, and much, much more.

You can visit the gallery at:



March 11, 2007


BASILICA is now on tour! We just performed here in Tennessee last night and will be heading out east for more performances throughout the rest of this week. If you're in Washington DC, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, or Indianapolis this week, please come check out our new live set!

We have also just released our debut recording! This CD-EP is entitled theforevervictoriousunfathomablegreatmightyone and is available for purchase at our performances for $7 and for mail-order for $10, post paid. We have just posted two tracks from this CD on our MySpace page (which you can view by clicking here) for your listening pleasure - let us know what you think!

In more news, we have recently enlisted the services of bassist Dylan DeRobertis and composer Guilherme Carvalho. Dylan's powerful and precise bass tones have been broadened the spectrum of our live sound, and Guilherme has composed two new compositions for BASILICA that we premiered at our last performance in Bloomington and that we'll be performing throughout tour.

We also have new t-shirts available! This beautiful design was created by our graphic artist Christian Fillippo, who also created the artwork for our new CD. This t-shirt is available at our performances for $10 - click here to check out the design!

January 1, 2007

Happy New Year!

Since our last performance, BASILICA has been busy with recording sessions and video shoots and has been designing new music, video, and other media for release in 2007. Expect CDs, DVDs, t-shirts, and more music coming soon!

We've also been busy booking performances for 2007, including a US East Coast tour in March. If you are interested in booking us for any dates that we haven't yet scheduled, please contact us via e-mail at basilicaproject@gmail.com or through MySpace to bring us to your town!

In the meantime, keep checking back here on our website and also on our MySpace Music page for previews of our new material and for updates on tour dates.

See you at the shows!

October 22, 2006

BASILICA is currently booking performances for January 2007 and beyond! If you are interested in booking BASILICA for a performance, please contact us via e-mail at basilicaproject@gmail.com.

September 10, 2006

We've just uploaded some video clips from our performance on August 16 - they're available for you to watch on YouTube, on our MySpace Music page, and on our Media page on this website. Please check them out and let us know what you think!

August 16, 2006

ALERT: Tonight's performance in Bloomington has been moved from Uncle Fester's to the Second Story Nightclub, which is located at the corner of 4th Street and College Avenue. Same show, different location. Doors open at 9:30 P.M. See you there!

August 4, 2006

ATTENTION! The date for our performance at Uncle Fester's in Bloomington this month has been changed from Tuesday, August 15 to Wednesday, August 16. Same lineup, same sweet monumental sounds, different day. There will be some great touring groups performing as well - check out our Performances page for more details. Hope to see you there!

June 20, 2006

We'll be performing at the Waldron Arts Center Firebay here in Bloomington this Thursday, June 22 as part of the Videacy video collaboration project. Our performance will include an array of dynamic video projection that will add yet another dimension of sensory and psychological complexity to our repertoire. Also performing at this event will be DJ Whitelight Whiteheath and Mifune. This event begins at 8:00 PM and is open to all ages. Admission is free. Check our list of Performances for more details. See you there!

May 5, 2006

Thanks to everyone who came out to the show last weekend! Video and other media from the event coming soon.

April 20, 2006

We'll be performing here in Bloomington this Friday, April 28 at the Living and Dying Room at 602 W. 8th St. here in Bloomington. Also performing will be the Goodhands Team, Lion Cancer, and 1925 Gehenna Ruin. Music will begin at around 8:00 PM with a demonstration of circuit-bending improvisation techniques. Hope to see you there!

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