Details of a series of year-long performances to mark the 20th anniversary of Thingamajigs. Festival opens in Dec 2017 and concludes in May 2018.
Found objects, innovative instruments, new music and a gathering of unusual performers - Thingamajigs gears up for its biggest annual celebration in October. It all begins on October 1st in a military bunker, gets to bay area streets on Oct 6th and concludes on Oct 16th with a performance by the legendary percussionist Willie Winant.
By far the dominant tuning system in Western music theory and practice, it doesn't reflect the tuning reality of many of those practices including American popular song and blues. This is not because we are anti-technology. Our tuning is local to factors that the tuner, and the theory it reproduces, can't compass. We 'sweeten' our tunings to sound the way we like them to on our various instruments, tune differently for different songs, and tune differently depending upon which other instruments we are playing with.