(the) co-incidence festival

an experimental music gathering



the seventh co-incidence will take place august 18-27 at heim.art®️-Station, in neufelden, austria. the ten days will be filled with various activities oriented toward developing a communal experimental practice: some proposed and planned, some emerging, some intermezzo, some unexpected. these will be framed by "family style" outdoor meals, prepared for and by the group, as well as three casual concerts.

activity specifics are in flux, but will include: film screenings, concerts, walking, discussions, listenings, an installation, and cooking food together.

as with prior years of the festival, we seek to see what the group becomes, as it begins to understand itself not only as a gathering of individuals, but also as a community in a particular time and place. people arrive with fully or half-formed ideas or impulses which then develop and happen, or not, depending on the feeling and needs of the group. the question we ask is, how might we orient ourselves, communally, toward an outcome or moment which is not expected? and how then might that become an unjustifiable foundation for thinking of the group, and each of us individually, as in processes of overflowing and becoming?

the festival is free and open to anyone who would like to attend, in any capacity (observer, participant, passerby, both/all, etc.). if you have any questions about it or would like to chat with us please feel very welcome to email us coincidence.festival@gmail.com.


Susanna Bolle is the Director and Curator of Non-Event, a non-profit arts organization and experimental music series, which produces some of Boston's most adventurous experimental, improvised and new music concerts.

A sound artist; born in Altenahr/Germany in 1955; living and working in Trier; has been developing sound objects and installations as well as percussion made of stone, wood and metal and associated new playing techniques, as well as compositions and improvisation concepts since 1990; co-founder of the ensemble for experimental music Tonwerke Trier (1998); concerts as a soloist and in various ensembles; planning and realization of concerts and performances; since 2011 he has been one of the artistic directors of the Festival for Contemporary Sound Art Opening in Trier; from 2000 sound installations in natural spaces and in the context of exhibitions. In his sound art works, Bernd Bleffert deals with movement as the actual source of sound formation as well as with processes of displacement and the accidental.

Carolyn Chen has made music for supermarket, demolition district, and the dark. Her work reconfigures the everyday to retune habits of our ears through sound, text, light, and movement. Her studies of the guqin, a Chinese zither traditionally played for private meditation in nature, have informed her thinking on listening in social spaces. Recent projects include an audio essay on a scream and commissions for Klangforum Wien and the LA Phil New Music Group. Described by The New York Times as “the evening’s most consistently alluring … a quiet but lush meditation,” her work has been presented in 25 countries and supported by the Berlin Prize, the Fulbright Program, and ASCAP’s Fred Ho Award for work that “defies boundaries and genres.” Writing and recordings are available in MusikTexte, Experimental Music Yearbook, New Centennial Review, Leonardo Music Journal, Quakebasket, and the wulf. She earned a Ph.D. in music from UC San Diego, and a M.A. in Modern Thought and Literature and B.A. in music from Stanford University. She lives in Los Angeles.

James is a composer and guitarist based in London, UK. His recent music works with increasingly simple materials, even simpler processes, clowning and experimental notations; these elements balance to varying degrees in any given piece, but are usually all present. More generally, his music also tends to be quiet and slow, without the need for much rehearsal or training.

Joachim Eckl’s work is based on an extended understanding of art which is substantially inspired by Joseph Beuys’ term ‘social sculpture’.

Jennie Gottschalk is a composer and writer based in Boston. She is interested in simple materials and shared experiences. She is the author of Experimental Music Since 1970 and co-author of 'Being Time: Case Studies in Musical Temporality.'

John Holloway is a Professor at the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades in the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico, where he teaches in the graduate school of Sociology. He was previously a lecturer in Politics at the University of Edinburgh.

Marcus Kaiser studied cello at the Robert Schumann University of Music in Düsseldorf before graduating from the city’s Art Academy. Pursuing an interdisciplinary approach, the artist produces works oscillating between art and music: Marcus Kaiser is a painter, sculptor, installation and performance artist, musician, and composer. Usually working simultaneously on different series and groups of works over long periods of time, the artist combines the results to complex installations on the occasion of major exhibitions - installations that may provide him with a starting point for interactions and further works of art. Interleaving different genres of art is Kaiser’s very programme.

Michael Pisaro (born 1961 in Buffalo, New York) is a guitarist and composer and a member of the Wandelweiser collective. While, like other members of Wandelweiser, Pisaro is known for pieces of long duration with periods of silence, in the past fifteen years his work has branched out in many directions, including work with field recording, electronics, improvisation and large ensembles of very different kinds of instrumental constitution. Pisaro has a long-standing collaboration with percussionist Greg Stuart, with over thirty collaborations (pieces and recordings) to date, including their 3-disc set, Continuum Unbound from 2014 and a new piece for amplified percussion and orchestra (to be premiered by the La Jolla Symphony in February, 2020). Recordings of his work have been released by Edition Wandelweiser Records, erstwhile records, New World Records, Hubro, Potlatch, another timbre, meena/ftarri, Senufo Editions, Intonema, winds measure, HEM Berlin and on Pisaro's own imprint, Gravity Wave. Pisaro teaches composition and experimental music the California Institute of the Arts.

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.

Germaine Sijstermans is a composer, installation artist and musician. Her works combine ephemeral, often site specific installations with indeterminate music, open to the serendipity of location and time. She explores the phenomenological experience of a space and all that occurs within it through the use of silence, light, sounds, space, and physical presence of oneself and others. Sijstermans is constantly cooperating with composers and performers, developing music and performances. In doing so she has had the pleasure of premiering many pieces that were composed for her. Her performances have taken place in venues varying from traditional concert settings to underground stages, located from the Netherlands to Brazil.

Lukatoyboy is a sound artist, musician and publisher from Belgrade, currently based in Berlin. His main activities in music and sound include performing electroacoustic improvisation (based on real-time sampling of various objects, voice and field recordings) using transmission, feedback and analogue synthesizers. His current practice is based on performances dealing with networks, sound and narrative, using walkie talkies, animal calling instruments and site specific topics. Focused on the relation of chances and structures, he creates participatory works with suggested rules, questioning exclusivity and authority of an artist. He is researching alternative methods of listening, using architecture and distance as tools for discovery, as well as approaches to live broadcast of interpretation.


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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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.

if you have any questions, please email us at: coincidence.festival@gmail.com.

check out some media from our 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, or 2021 season.


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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.