20th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival

Join us as we kick-off the 20th year of Music for People & Thingamajigs and launch the Acoustic Space Project of Oakland Museum of California, in their galleries. read more...



friday : dec 15, 2017 5pm to 9pm

OMCA, Oakland


Doorways : TPG with Rae Diamond

Thingamajigs Performance Group convenes with Rae Diamond, founder of the Long Tone Choir, to perform small scores and structured improvisations. The work traverses shared territories and provides doorways into each artist’s practice. read more...

SUNDAY : DEC 10, 2017      4pm to 6pm  

center for new music  55, taylor street            san francisco  

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Within A Day

Thingamajigs Performance Group returns to blur the divisions between a performer and a composer, within a day. A renowned bay area artist and another embodies arts expert will collaborate with TPG in two different performances. read more...


NOV 27, 2017             WITH LISA MEZZACAPPA

OCT 29, 2017              WITH ALEX BOYD


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 2018



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.


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  - AUG 2018



Pacific Exchange                                       

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

MAY 2018



Thingamajigs Performance Group (TPG)

Temporality Artist Group

TPG is a sound-based ensemble working co-creatively in a variety of mediums and with a wide array of local and international artists. Formed in 2008 from longtime Thingamajigs contributors, TPG continues to break new ground in performance fields such as durational performance, alternate tuning, group and open compositional formats, inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural collaboration, and site-work.

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

Collaborators (past and present) : 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

next shows

SUNDAY, December 10 
TPG with Rae Diamond
Center for New Music, SF

thingNY + Thingamajigs Performance Group (2014)


'Fraid o' Freyja : The just-intoned, psychedelic alter-ego of TPG

FOF was born of a tuning experiment enacted on a Wurlitzer dubbed "The Schocker/Fokker Tuning"; given life by the "what-would-happen-if" one month rental of a rock rehearsal space. It continues what TPG started, only louder.

Next show dates - TBA

'Fraid o' Freyja in Day of Noise 2017


Durational Performances & Other Collaborations


A working residency between composer Robert Moran and TPG culminated in a musical work. It attempted to blur the divisions between a performer and a composer, within a day. In January 2014, WITHIN A DAY premiered in Center for New Music. The same year, another residency with Pauline Oliveros led to the second work in the series. Since then Thingamajigs Performance Group has collaborated with various other artists to investigate these artistic roles in a musical work, conceived and performed within a day.

In 2017 the series will return with multiple collaborations. The first is with embodied arts and practices expert Alex Boyd; who teaches Daojiao Lishi Quanfa, a Daoist alchemic practice from northern China focused on the cultivation, storing, harnessing, directing and utilization of energy. The second work will be developed with the SF bay area based bassist, bandleader, composer, curator and producer - Lisa Mezzacappa


14 hours of poetry & PERFORMANCE

TPG is in a multi-year collaboration with poet Stephen Ratcliffe that creates large scale durational works based on 1,000 poem cycles. Stephen writes a poem every day for 1,000 days. Performing these poems takes approximately 14 hours and features Stephen reading each poem, which TPG then interprets as a performance score.

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

In the past, Thingamajigs has collaborated with other groups and musicians such as ThingNY for different kinds of durational performances. 

Twenty-minute precis of a 15-hour performance featuring inkBoat, The Long Tone Choir, Thingamajigs, and the poet Stephen Ratcliffe, on Mare Island, California, October 1 2016

Videography by John Carnahan and Terri Fredlund, edited by John Carnahan for Berkeley Community Media.

next shows

Monday, Nov 27 | 10am-10pM  Within a Day with Lisa Mezzacappa


Sunday, Oct 29 | 10am-10pm
Within a Day with Alex boyd  THE Milk Bar, Richmond 

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Education Programs

The Thingamakids! Education Program brings children, artists, teachers and science together through sound experiments designed for K-8 schools. Teaching Artists work with children throughout the year in 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! 


Arts Programs

Sound, science, music and art are around and within us. It's a matter of finding an opportunity to experience it and 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 as personified by the Greek god Aeolus. In the month of May, various artists, artist groups and school children exhibit their sound sculptures to be played by the wind. The Presentation Artists include designers, makers, scientists and musicians; and their offerings range from traditionally-inspired Aeolian Harps and wind chimes to intricately-geared automatons and electronic triggering devices.

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 led to the formation of Thingamajigs - the organization. The festival is dedicated to the promotion of experimental music that incorporates made/found instruments, alternate tuning systems, and interdisciplinary collaborations not often associated with festivals of music. MFP&T festival offers a mix of workshops, music making, and performances, with the goal to reach a large, diverse audience of all ages. It also serves as a important local touchstone to bring together composers and makers from different generations, genres, and geographical regions.

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”.

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

Rock Concert


20th annual           music for people & thingamajigs festival  Dec 15, 2017     OMCA

20th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival and Acoustic Space of OMCA

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On Dec 15, 2017 we kick-off yet another year-long celebration of our 20th anniversary as an arts & music organization. The show that will include performances and exhibits in the galleries of Oakland Museum of California, will also launch the Acoustic Space Project of OMCA. The event will be more than a double celebration, as along with its festival performances and project launch, it will also include the final shows of Harrison 100/Thingamajigs 20

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Performance Line-up

5:15PM -5:30PM                                      Northern California Gagaku Group with Edward Schocker

5:40PM-6:05PM                                        Soo-yeon Lyuh on Korean haegeum with Dylan Bolles & Edward Schocker

6:20PM-6:50PM                                        Leon Schneiderman

7PM-7:20PM                                                    Euphotic with Tom Djll, Cheryl Leonard, Bryan Day

7:35PM-8:00PM                                                      Pet the Tiger (David Samas, Tom Nunn, Peter Whitehead) plays the Inharmonic Gamelan with Christina Braun's Butoh dance.

Kick-off : DEC 15, 2017  5pm to 8pm

ARTS GALLERY,        Oakland Museum of California


Pacific Exchange

It is a concert series that brings composers and performers who call the Pacific Ocean home, together on a single concert stage. Thingamajigs created this event in 2000 to provide a venue to share ideas, influences, and audiences with our ocean neighbors. The intention is to continue the rich history of such artistic exchanges in the Bay Area, and highlight their importance to our expressive local culture. The concerts have exhibited the music of composers from Japan, Korea, Chile, Peru, New Zealand and the United States. The performance group Tov, Megumi Matsuhashi, Jean Ann, Kiyoshi Suzuki, Edward Schocker, Shizuka Takeuchi, Tomoko Sogabe, Akiko Hasegawa, Niji Ito and Soo-Yeon Lyuh are just a few of the artists that have been featured by this series.


Edward Schocker talks with artist Phil Dadson about how living in a Pacific Rim community informs his work.