september 23 - 26, 2010

Schedule: THU | FRI | SAT | SUN


Links: SJ Mercury News Article | Photos

The Music For People & Thingamajigs Festival is an annual event dedicated to promoting experimental music that incorporates made/found instruments and alternate tuning systems. Each year, MFP&T invites artists who design their own musical instruments to join in a festival of workshops, music making, and performances with the goal of reaching a large, diverse audience of all ages. It is also a festival where the public can participate in instrument building and tuning educational workshops, as well as hear unique sounds and compositions from up and coming artists.

Now in its 13th year, Music for People and Thingamajigs is a celebration of new and unusual explorations in music and performance. The three evening concerts and one daytime family event feature music created using made and/or found instruments, alternate tuning systems and hands-on discovery.

Past participants include Carla Kihlstedt, Walter Kitundu, Peter Whitehead, Brenda Hutchinson, William Winant, Laetitia Sonami, and many others.

  Thingamajigs is a genre-crossing arts organization that promotes, presents and performs music and other art forms created with made and found materials or alternate tuning systems.

Our mission is to develop and nurture the exploration of alternate materials and methods of creating sound, as well as promote collaborative efforts within other artistic disciplines. With open workshops, performances, artists exchanges and an educational program, we welcome audiences/participants of all ages and backgrounds to join in a wonderful tradition started in the Bay Area by such composers as Harry Partch, Lou Harrison, and John Cage.



Thursday, September 23rd - 8pm

2840 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
$15 General $10 Students/Seniors [sliding scale]
Reservations: (510) 444-1322 or
Purchase Tickets Online

Pauchi Sasaki
Adam Fong with Navitas Ensemble
Gretchen Jude
Matthew Montfort


Friday, September 24th - 8pm

Uptown Body & Fender
401 26th Street, Oakland, CA
$15 General $10 Students/Seniors [sliding scale]
Reservations: (510) 444-1322 or
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Terry Berlier, Ricardo Rivera and Christophe Fellay
Bart Hopkin
Open Graves (Paul Kikuchi, Jesse Olsen with Alex Vittum and Stuart Dempster)



Saturday, September 25th - 8pm

Vessel Gallery
471 25th St at Broadway, Oakland
$15 General $10 Students/Seniors [sliding scale]
Reservations: (510) 444-1322 or
Purchase Tickets Online

Wendy Reid
Ben Taylor
Conner Lacy


Sunday, September 26th - 1-4pm

Museum of Children's Art
538 Ninth Street, Oakland, CA 94607
FREE (with museum admission)
Make a financial contribution to Thingamajigs for this event

Doug Carroll
Connor Lacy
Tom Nunn
Ralph Lewis
Alex Potts
Tom Kaufmann

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