thingamajigs - a nonprofit performing and arts education organization

music and art created with made / found materials and alternate tuning systems

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Performance Group

The Thingamajigs Performance Group emerged from the long-term collaborations from the individual artists that now make up its ensemble members. Using unusual musical instruments, TPG combines traditional Eastern sensibilities with modern American technologies and performance practices. Creating pieces in a group collaborative process that sometimes incorporate voice and multimedia elements, this ensemble of musicians expands and contracts within each performance situation.

TPG's unique process of creating work is closer to that of theater companies or dance troupes rather than standard music ensembles. TPG creates each of it original works in a collaborative manner with each ensemble member having equal creative input in guiding the work to fruition. The core ensemble members have been working together for over 10 years and have devised this unique system of creation through a deep musical and philosophical understanding that comes with years of working and developing together.

Since 2006 TPG has been collaborating with poet Stephen Ratcliffe to create long-scale multimedia works, each based on 1,000 of Stephen’s poems. Each work is approximately 14-hours in duration. The first piece of this trilogy is called Human/Nature and premiered at UC Davis in 2008. The second piece called Remarks on Color/Sound was premiered at Headlands Center for the Arts in 2010, and the last work called Temporality premiered in May 2012 and reconvenes at Mills College Art Gallery in February 2013.

In 2009 and 2014 members of TPG performed at Berlin's Internationales Klangkunstfest.

TPG core members include Suki O'Kane, Dylan Bolles and Edward Schocker.
Key collaborators over the years include composer-performer Zachary Watkins, poet Stephen Ratcliffe, visual artists Michael Meyers and Keith Evans.

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upcoming performances

February 2016
'Fraid o' Freyja

TPG explores sonic psychedlia with just-intoned power rock

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