Music Alums Channel Black Mountain College in Boston-Based Experimental Music Residency

co-incidence residency promotional poster | image courtesy co-incidence

From Jan. 24-30, alumni Luke Martin (Music MFA 16) and Aaron Foster Bresley (Music MFA 13) are leading an experimental music residency in Boston called co-incidence. The tuition-free residency is hosted by Washington Street Gallery, a local art space that supports a wide range of media including sculpture, painting and bookbinding.

Martin and Bresley say they founded the event because they “wanted to fill a perceived gap in support for experimental composer/performers in the U.S. with a music festival/residency focused on experimental music and built as an experimental composer might build a piece.” co-incidence is partnering with Non-Event, a Boston-based concert series featuring experimental, abstract and improvised music.

Those participating in the residency include composers and performers from the local Boston music scene, as well as out of state and international artists. Experimental composer, performer and CalArts faculty Michael Pisaro is participating as a Resident Artist.

According to the co-incidence website, musicians who are selected for the residency will work together in a cooperative learning environment in which formal lesson plans and labels of “teacher” and “student” are discouraged. The methodology for the project is based on the experimental arts community Black Mountain College, and it brings together “a group of radical artists operating in the boundary-zones of their practice to take part in a residency curated as ‘social sculpture.’”

Artists will spend their days rehearsing in preparation for two evening performances and one final performance on Sunday (Jan. 29) that begins at sunrise and is a culmination of the music and experiences shared throughout the week.

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