A flashback into the 20-year history of Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival - an event that set the stage for memorable performances and collaborations, and shaped the organization.
Dec 15, 2017 | 5PM - 8PM | Oakland Museum of California
Northern California Gagaku Group with Edward Schocker
Northern California Gagaku Group was formed in 2009 under the direction of Rev. Dr. David Masumoto, resident minister of the Berkeley Buddhist Temple and Director of Contemporary Buddhist Studies at Berkeley’s Institute of Buddhist Studies. The group includes former students of Master Gagaku Musician Togi Sensei and former members of Los Angeles’ Kinnara Gagaku. The group brings together gagaku musicians who have studied the music both in Japan and here in California. NCGG’s mission is to keep the thousand-year old music of gagaku alive via ongoing practice sessions, workshops, and performances of gagaku at public, cultural, and religious events.
Soo Yeon Lyuh on Korean haegeum with Dylan Bolles & Edward Schocker
Soo Yeon Lyuh is a haegeum (Korean two-string fiddle) player, composer and improviser currently based in the Bay Area. Lyuh is known for her masterful performances of new compositions for the haegeum. Rigorously trained in court and folk repertories, she is also deeply invested in exploring new musical possibilities. She was recently announced as a 2017 composer for Kronos Quartet’s, “50 for the Future” project. In Korea, she served as a member of the National Gugak Center’s new music troupe for 12 years and has performed in festivals and venues all over the world, including Bang on a Can (Mass MoCA), Isang Yun Music Festival (North Korea), Thingamajigs Pacific Exchange (San Francisco), Büyükşehir Belediyesi Sanat ve Kültür Sarayı(Turkey), Siri Fort Auditorium(India) and the Seoul Arts Center. From 2015-2016, she was a visiting scholar at Center for Korean Studies,
UC Berkeley. Currently she is a Scholar-in-Residence at Mills College.
Leon Schneiderman began building instruments in the 70’s with an aluminum Gamelan and a West African Balafon ensemble for the theater group Mystic Knight of the Oingo Boingo.
In 1984 Willie Winant was at Leon’s studio and noticed an unfinished sound sculpture which became "The Pink Butt", part of Willie’s percussion setup for David Rosenboom’s percussion/ computer piece Zones Of Influence. The "Butt" was recently restored for David’s retrospective at the opening of the new Whitney Museum. Leon built a number of instruments for Willie over the years and has done restorative work on Lou Harrison’s "The American Gamelan" at Mills College and the "Old Grandad Gamelan" at UCSC.
The metallaphone being played started with cutting fire extinguishers long ago. Decades later a collection of bundt pans yielded a group of relatively in-tune notes. The stainless discs, reminiscent of gongs, were originally bought as scrap intended for an outdoor sculpture. They ended up getting tuned, and resonators were added to amplify the fundamental.
Euphotic with Tom Djll (electronics, trumpet),
Cheryl Leonard (instruments from natural found objects), Bryan Day (invented instruments)
Euphotic’s three soundmakers unite as one vibrational bathysphere to transport listeners to these unfathomable depths. Sounding Monterey Canyon proceeds from the natural world of Cheryl’s sounds, crafts a vehicle for exploration with Bryan’s instruments that marry human ingenuity and physical forces, eventually plunging into the abyss, via Tom’s electronic imagineering.
Pet the Tiger (David Samas, Tom Nunn, Peter Whitehead) plays the Inharmonic Gamelan with Christina Braun's Butoh dance
Elegy for the Victims of Gun Violence :
Bardo (Sound Between Lives)
I The Heavenly Garden
II The River of Terror
III The War Against Death
IV The Victory of Breath
Thingamajigs presents the latest edition of the sound-art festival that started it all. A power-pack of musical works of homemade instruments, found objects, and alternate tunings by some of the Bay Area’s most innovative artists; the 20th Annual MFP&T festival is a special marker in Thingamajigs’ search for sounds, as it coincides with the birth centennial of the legendary composer Lou Harrison. The festival will be held in October in various locations around Bay Area.
In 2016, we kicked off a year-long project Harrison 100/Thingamajigs 20, during the annual festival. Over the year, the project involved various concerts in several locations and became an excellent platform for musical explorations, innovative art developments, and new collaborations - both local and international. It also drew greater partnerships and provided the stage for world premiere works.
MFP&T festival this year will include the final performances of Harrison 100/Thingamajigs 20. It is expected to bring together, yet again, various artists along with Edward Schocker, Dylan Bolles and Suki O’Kane from Thingamajigs Performance Group (TPG). Like every year, this double celebration of music created with found objects and alternate tuning systems will offer a window to one and all in the bay area community.
Interested participants can submit their proposals by June 10, 2017.