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.

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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.