harrison 100

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...


OCT 2016 - Oct 2017

Tokyo, Japan

SF Bay

SF Bay

APRIL 16        Hyi Mun

SF Bay


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




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


MAR 11, 2017


MAR 16, 2017



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



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.

For more information, contact our program manager 

JUNE  - JULY 2017



Pacific Exchange 2017                                      

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

August 2017



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



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



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

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Little Makers

ages 3-5


Art & Science of Experimentation

ages 6-12



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.




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. 

Wind Maze by David Samas

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 :

May 2018


Music For People & Thingamajigs Festival

The Music For People & Thingamajigs (MFP&T) Festival is an annual event that was first held in 1997, and what eventually led to the formation of Thingamajigs - the organization. The festival is dedicated to the promotion of experimental music that incorporates made/found instruments and alternate tuning systems. Each year, MFP&T festival invites artists who design their own musical instruments to participate in a mix of workshops, music making, and performances, with the goal to reach a large, diverse audience of all ages.

The festival has been held each year for 19 years now, and among various renowned performers were Carla Kihlstedt, Walter Kitundu, Peter Whitehead, Brenda Hutchinson, William Winant and Laetitia Sonami. It is the only annual event of its kind in the world and has gained regional and national recognition with printed and online press coverage. 7x7 (a magazine that celebrates the best of San Francisco) listed the festival as one of its Three Reasons to Cross The Bay Bridge and (a leader in airlines’ inflight magazines) listed it as one of their “Top 10 Summer Music Festivals”.

Rock Concert

Learn more about the 2016 festival edition and the various groups that participated.

The year 2017 will host one of the grandest gatherings of artists and works, since it coincides with the birth centennial of Lou Harrison. The festival will be a double celebration, and along with its festival performances, it will include the final shows of Harrison 100/Thingamajigs 20.