Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival

Soak in new music for days, during the 19th annual celebration of invented instruments and alternate tuning systems. read more...


OCT 1, 2016         CONTINUUM







Tap in a new rhythm of poetry in this durational performance by Thingamajigs Performance Group and Stephen Ratcliffe, featuring his 1,000 poems written over 1,000 days. read more...




Pacific Exchange 2016                                      

Featuring Pacific Rim artists Phil Dadson (New Zealand) and Soo-yeon Lyuh (Korea)

The 2016 edition of the cross-cultural Artist Exchange program will welcome two artists from different areas of the Pacific Rim. New works will be presented and performed by Phil Dadson (New Zealand) and Sooyeon Lyuh (Korea), accompanied by the Thingamajigs Performance Group. 

Wednesday, August 17

2840 Mariposa Street
San Francisco


Live Cinema at Berkeley Arts

Thingamajigs Performance Group + viDEO sAVant come together to create a two-part multi-room evening of visual and sonic experiments and environments, featuring local heroes and esteemed guests. 

Friday, July 22

Berkeley Arts Festival
2133 University Avenue

Thingamakids! Summer Camp

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

Registration open from March 1

Weekly Sessions

Monday - Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm
Extended care: 8:00-9:00am 4:00-6:00pm


$360 per week ($180 half days AM or PM)
$80 per week extended care
$25 per week optional lunch (Limited scholarships available.)

For more information on camp and payments, contact our program manager or call 510-545-6689

JUNE 20 - AUGUST 12 2016



Aeolian Day

Celebrate the sound of the wind next to the bay, with small to large installations created by artists, makers, children, scientists and designers. This year, there's a large, interactive, commissioned artwork for the first time. Come and make the wind sing!

MAY 15, 2016


The Crossing

Watch ritual and performance come together in an ecstatic group improvisation that includes members of Thingamajigs Performance Group.

April 29, 2016 | 8pm

Yerba Buena Center
for the ArtS
San Francisco


MARCH 8, 2016 | 8PM


'Fraid o' Freyja

Fly with the just-intoned, psychedelic alter-ego of Thingamajigs Performance Group, which returns with the new American free jazz jammage of The Blues and Duo Bread more...

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

OCTOBER 8, 2016



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 17, 2016

Theatre of Yugen                                   NOH Space                                             San Francisco     


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

Ever met a 5-year old composer? Thingamajigs' team of artists lead art camps to expand the young, creative mind. Through music, movement, visual art and science, the campers gain a unique and well-rounded experience in creativity, collaboration and experimentation.

In each camp, children look for materials and objects in the beach, forests, and their own recycling bins. They learn to put them together in their own way, to create one-of-a-kind wind and percussion instruments, including Bamboo Woodblocks, Soda Straw Oboes, Box Zithers, Packing Tape Drums etc.. Through the process, they not only become a part of the Bay Area DIY Movement, but discover a composer in themselves.

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. 


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 15, 2016


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.

OCT 1, 8 & 16, 2016