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When: Fri., Aug. 26, 8 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 27, 8 p.m. 2016

For a while it was possible to describe the duo Coppice’s often indescribable music simply by identifying their many instruments, particularly the harmonium and accordion wielded by Joseph Kramer and Noé Cuéllar. But the notion of renewal is built right into their name: the word “coppice” refers to the practice of pruning a tree to promote new growth. The two are in the process of discarding old methods and tools in order to better represent themselves in terms of connections—between sound and visual art, between artist and audience, between the tools themselves. In an interview for Never Nervous they explain, “First we choose and prepare the instruments and technology, then we find the music relationships between them and each other’s techniques in performance.” So don’t go to this weekend’s Turning Concert performances expecting to hear squeeze-boxes. The soundtrack for the YouTube video promoting the event comprises sparse synthesized beats and the fragmented chatter of audio technicians—though there’s no guarantee that’s what you’ll hear in concert. Kramer and Cuéllar will be joined by modular synthesizer player Peter Speer, visual artist Phil Peters, and on Saturday only, veteran sound artist Lou Mallozzi.

Bill Meyer

Price: $10

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