september 22 - 24, 2011

Schedule: THU | FRI | SAT


Links: MFP&T listed as 10 Music Festival | 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.

This year’s festival features music and world premiere performances from 10 exciting artists and groups from the Bay Area and beyond. Noted works include performances by New Yorks’ Electric Junkyard Gamelan, a piece for computer controlled metal percussion by Matthew Goodheart and developed in collaboration with the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley, Tim Phillips’ Bubble Organ instrument, a series of sound sculptures for repurposed vintage typewriters called Poemophone by Tracey Cockrell, and new pieces for microtonal sixth-tone scale guitar by East Coast composer Lewis Krauthamer.

Now in its 14th 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 22nd - 8pm

Meridian Gallery
535 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
$15 General $10 Students/Seniors [sliding scale]
Reservations: (510) 444-1322 or
Purchase Tickets Online

Travis Weller (from Texas)
Matt Davingnon
Danishta Rivero


Friday, September 23rd - 8pm

Vessel Gallery
471 25th St at Broadway, Oakland
$15 General $10 Students/Seniors [sliding scale]
Reservations: (510) 444-1322 or
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Lewis Krauthamer (from Maryland) with Mobius Trio (Matthew Holmes-Linder, Mason Fish and Robert Nance)
Tim Phillips
Matthew Goodheart



Saturday, September 24th - 8pm

Pro Arts Gallery
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
$15 General $10 Students/Seniors [sliding scale]
Reservations: (510) 444-1322 or
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Electric Junkyard Gamelan from New York
T.D. Skatchit with Aurora Josephson
Tracey Cockrell from Oregon


The 14th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival is supported in part by East Bay Mini Maker Faire, a TourWest grant (made possible through support for the National Endowment for the Arts, The Western Arts Federations (WESTAF), and it's participating state arts agencies), the Alameda County Arts Commission / ARTSFUND Grant, Meet the Composer Creative Connections Grant (Leadership support for Meet The Composer’s MetLife Creative Connections program is generously provided by MetLife Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Amphion Foundation, Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, BMI Foundation, Inc., Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Jerome Foundation, mediaThe foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Virgil Thomson Foundation, Ltd.), and individual donors.

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