PROGRAMS 2017

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Harrison 100 / Thingamajigs 20   

The first year-long celebration dedicated to the legendary composer's centennial, and to mark the organization's twentieth anniversary. read more...

VIEW CONCERT CALENDAR

OCT 2016 - Oct 2017

Tokyo, Japan

SF Bay

SF Bay

APRIL 16        Hyi Mun

SF Bay

MAY 5        FOUR KINGS

SF Bay

MAY 10        Full : Harrison

SF Bay


Fraid o'Freyja - Day of Noise 2017

Tune-in to 90.1 FM for 24 hours of live experimentation and improvisation. FOF will perform along with other featured experimental/noise bands from the Bay Area.

FEBruary 4, 2017             2am - 3am

90.1 FM (Radio)         KZSU Stanford

 

 

FOF/GIF PROBLEMS/SCYE1

Fraid o'Freyja will perform along with GIF Problems and SCYE1 for an evening of rock in alternate tuning systems.

MARCH 17, 2017           7pm - 10pm

ADOBE BOOKS               3130 24TH STREET        SAN FRANCISCO, CA

 

Instrument Building Workshops for Families

Teaching Artists will bring hands on music education to Second Start's audience, while literacy specialists will develop activities that tie art, music and literacy acquisition together for families. 

February 16, 2017

SSAL                                125 14th street (second floor)       OAKLAND, CA

MAR 1, 2017

West Oakland branch OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY

MAR 11, 2017

CESAR CHAVEZ BRANCH OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY

MAR 16, 2017

EASTMONT BRANCH OAKLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY                        

 

In-School Residencies

Teaching Artists will be in various schools to help children experiment with sounds and found objects. Details - COMING SOON!.

JAN - MAR 2017

SCHOOL VENUES - TBD


Thingamadults

Dive into the world of kinetic sculptures with professional bricoleur Sudhu Tewari. 

In this weekend of hands-on fun, you will learn/brush up basic mechanics, physics, and acoustics; understand safety tips to use hand and power tools; and build wind-powered mechanical musical devices. This is a power packed workshop that will arm you with skills, techniques and inspiration to build your own musical instruments or kinetic art projects.

Only 6 spots, so claim yours today. 

APRIL 29 & APRIL 30         12pm to 5pm

thingamajigs studio 2253, poplar street OAKLAND

 

Thingamakids! Summer Camp

Let kids hunt for and play sounds all day long, in fun-filled workshops led by expert Teaching Artists.

Registration open in March 2017. read more...

For more information, contact our program manager 

JUNE  - JULY 2017

VENUE TBD

 
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Pacific Exchange 2017                                      

A cross-cultural music exchange concert, curated by our first Resident Artist Soo-Yeon Lyuh. 
read more...

August 2017

VENUE TBD

 

Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival

Join us as we conclude our year-long celebration of Lou Harrison's 100th birth anniversary, with the 20th year of Thingamajigs. read more

 

OCT 2017

VENUE TBD

 

Artist programs

Thingamajigs Performance Group (TPG)

TPG is an ensemble of artists making perpetual discoveries in sound, voice, tuning systems and musical instruments, and yet are different from a standard concert band. The core members of the group combine traditional, Eastern sensibilities with modern technology and performance practices, to produce unique theatrical shows.

Members :  Dylan Bolles, Keith Evans, Suki O'Kane and Edward Schocker

Collaborators : Gelsey Bell, Rae Diamond, Ann Dyer, Sasha Hom, Shinichi Iova-Koga, Eric Kupers, Michael Meyers, Robert Moran, Pauline Oliveros, Stephen Ratcliffe, Zachary James Watkins, Jeffrey Young

 

'Fraid o' Freyja

is the just-intoned, psychedelic alter-ego of TPG. Every year, the group meets at a bar or night club, makes fresh collaborations with groups from different genres and creates electronic sound shows with found objects and alternate tuning systems. 

It's a show designed for deep, mind-altering experiences

2017 show dates - TBA

 

 

Continuum
a durational performance with poet Stephen Ratcliffe

TPG is in a multi-year collaboration with poet Stephen Ratcliffe to create large scale multimedia works, each based on 1,000 of Stephen’s poems, which he writes one at a time for 1,000 days. Performing the poems takes approximately 14 hours, and features Stephen reading each poem, which TPG then interprets as the musical score.

The next performance of this collaboration, Continuum, will feature TPG with performing artists Rae Diamond (composer and director of the Long Tone Choir) and Shinichi Iova-Koga (artistic director of the movement theater ensemble inkBoat). Rae and Shinichi bring unique perspectives to durational creative practice, creating works built upon the exquisite control of breath and body in motion. 

The first piece of this collaboration, Human/Nature,  premiered at UC Davis in 2008; the second piece, Remarks on Color/Sound, was staged at Headlands Center for the Arts in 2010. The third work, Temporality, premiered in May 2012 and was remounted in the Mills College Art Gallery in February 2013. 

OCT 1, 2016
6:39am - 9:31pm

Mare Island Preserve                           1595 Railroad Ave                             Vallejo, CA

 

Pacific Exchange

A concert series that brings composers and performers from diverse areas of the Pacific Rim together in order to exchange ideas and create music on a single concert stage. Thingamajigs created this event in 2005, to emphasize the commonalities of artists living on the Pacific Rim, as well as to showcase their diversity.


The concerts have exhibited the music of composers from Japan, Korea, and the United States. The performance group Tov, Megumi Matsuhashi, Jean Ann, Kiyoshi Suzuki, Edward Schocker, Shizuka Takeuchi, Tomoko Sogabe, Akiko Hasegawa, and Niji Ito are just a few of the artists that have been featured by this series.

You can read more about the past editions here

AUG 2017

Venue - TBD     

 

School Programs

The education and outreach program brings children, artists, teachers and science together through sound experiments designed for K-8 schools. Teaching Artists work with children throughout the year to cultivate hands-on instrument building, music appreciation and the study of sound produced through made and found objects.


Summer Camp

Hands-on creativity that blends music and science education

Join Thingamajigs' team of artists in a fun and engaging arts camp designed to expand the young, creative mind. Through interactive workshops that incorporate music, movement, visual art and science, campers gain a unique and well-rounded experience in creativity, collaboration and experimentation.

In each camp children hand-create their own engaging instruments out of recycled materials and random treasures found in places like the beach, forests, and even their own recycling bins. Kids become a part of the Bay Area DIY Movement, as they learn how to make one-of-a-kind wind and percussion instruments, such as Bamboo Woodblocks, Soda Straw Oboes, Box Zithers, Packing Tape Drums, and more!


Camp features: 

  • Small classes
  • Dynamic arts educators
  • Extended care option 
  • Tuition discounts for multi-week and sibling enrollments
  • Scholarship program

SUMMER CAMP 2017 : June 19 - July 21
NOCCS : 1000, 42nd Street Oakland

20% Discount on Saturday, May 20
Use discount code THINGAMAKIDS

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Little Makers

ages 3-5

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Art & Science of Experimentation

ages 6-12

 

ONLY ON SATURDAY - MAY 20, GET A 20% DISCOUNT!

USE DISCOUNT CODE 'THINGAMAKIDS'

Limited scholarships are available to assist families in meeting tuition expenses. Scholarships are awarded in various amounts; not all aid is equivalent to full tuition. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please, call 510-545-6689.

 

 

In-school Residencies

Kids love school! Yes, if lessons are disguised as fun experiments. Teaching Artists collaborate with schools throughout the year, and conduct weekly workshops. These art workshops grow the scientific temper and nurture the artistic spirit in children, through hands-on sound experiments with found objects. Kids develop small interactive instruments and often participate in large-scale assembly demonstrations.

  

RESIDENCIES 2016

La Escuelita with Robert Lopez

Bridges Academy with Dylan Bolles

North Oakland Community Charter School with Maurissa Dorn

Aurora School with Taylor Gersbach

American International Montessori School with Edward Schocker

Host Thingamakids! in your school! 

 

Community Programs

Sound, science, music and art are all around and within us. It's only a matter of an opportunity to experience it and about a moment to savor it. That's why Thingamajigs hosts annual festivals to bring the community together in the spirit of curiosity, creativity and collaboration. 

 

Aeolian Day 

It takes a green lawn, the summer sun and the sea breeze to kick off a unique celebration of the sound of the wind. In the month of May, various artists, artist groups and school children exhibit their own sound sculptures in a lawn, to be played by the wind. The Presentation Artists include designers, makers, scientists and musicians, and the exhibits comprise unique wind-works similar to Aeolian Harps and wind chimes. 

The event is a free community festival, attracts all age groups and is supported by inspired volunteers.


For more, write to us : events@thingamajigs.org

May 2017

 

Music For People & Thingamajigs Festival

It's the stage where found objects find a new identity, where sound becomes music and where ears begin to hear alternate tuning systems. MFP&T was first held in 1997, is the oldest festival of Thingamajigs, and represents everything that the organization stands for. Artists are invited from all over the world to collaborate through festival workshops, music creation and performances; with an ultimate goal to promote experimental music to a large, diverse audience.

The festival is held for over multiple weekends each fall, and provides valuable experience to curious listeners, artists and volunteers alike.