Please checkout our updates for Co-Incidence 2021: January 14-17 here.

(the) co-incidence festival

an experimental music gathering in Somerville, MA

the co-incidence festival is a gathering of experimental composer-performers

this project is based on an expanded view of what constitutes art, music, and the traditional concert. following the example of the revolutionary arts community Black Mountain College, it will bring together a group of radical artists operating in the boundary-zones of their practice to take part in a festival curated as ‘social sculpture.’ reflecting the values of experimental music, co-incidence will be allowed to grow organically, strongly influenced by the artists who attend: the directors simply provide a time, space, and loose framework.

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check out some media from our 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020 season.


part 1: january 14-17, 2021 (all virtual)
part 2: summer, 2021 (in-person & virtual)


we will have a condensed and introductory event in january 2021, which will last four days and be entirely virtual. this will be followed by the full festival, in-person, for ten days in the summer (details to come in the spring). people are invited to attend any and all events in both january and the summer!


the january events are hosted on the Discord platform. it can be accessed on your browser or (better) downloaded to your computer or phone. an invite-link is required to enter the Co-Incidence server: if you would like to attend any events, please email us.

the events consist of a mixture of discussions, rehearsals, performances, games, and hangs. people are welcome to watch and listen, and/or join for any of them! most events correspond to projects people have proposed for the festival. please see the schedule below for details and a brief description of each project. for the festival, this is an opportunity to test out ideas, experiment with pieces, and open discussions -- all of which will continue during the summer portion of the festival.



Resident Artist

Nina Power is a writer and philosopher. She is the author of One-Dimensional Woman and of many articles. Her forthcoming book What Do Men Want? will be out with Penguin soon. Beyond writing and philosophy, Nina's interests include contemporary experimental music, psychoanalysis, paganism, honesty and groups.


over coffee in Maine in the Summer of 2015, Luke and Aaron had a far too grandiose idea: "let's do our own music festival!" (un)fortunately, they don't know when to stop. and here we are, with the co-incidence festival which kicked off its first season in January 2017. we wanted to fill a perceived gap in support for experimental composer/performers in the U.S. with a music festival focused on experimental music and built as an experimental composer might build a piece.

Boston Globe || Somerville Media Center Video || The Somerville Times || WBUR
In-Depth Interviews with Jennie Gottschalk (Sound Expanse) [Aaron, Luke, Jennie, Sarah]

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Co-Incidence, Inc.
c/o Susanna Bolle
16 Roberts Street
Apt 3
Brookline, MA 02445

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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, the Somerville Arts Council, and the City of Boston.