Live Cinema :: TPG + viDEO sAVant / duo B.
Sep
26
8:00 PM20:00

Live Cinema :: TPG + viDEO sAVant / duo B.

A two-part evening of visual and sonic experiments and environments, featuring Thingamajigs Performance Group, and viDEO sAVant (Charles Woodman + duo B.). Both ensembles explore the intersection of improvised music with live video performance, and will transform the Center for New Music into an immersive sensory environment.

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Mutual Air Kickoff and Listening Party
Sep
30
4:00 PM16:00

Mutual Air Kickoff and Listening Party

In launch of Rosten Woo’s Mutual Air Project, Thingamajigs’ director, Edward Schocker, will give a demonstration about air, breath and sound. Part talk and part performance, Edward will be accompanied by a 275 year old Japanese musical instrument call Sho. Thingamajigs partners with The Exploratorium and Oakland Museum of California on this informative event about art and climate change. 

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Experimental Instruments Materials :: Thingamakids! in Camp 510
Aug
13
to Aug 17

Experimental Instruments Materials :: Thingamakids! in Camp 510

In this week long exploration we encounter a dozen styles of instruments all created from one very useful and prevalent landscaping plant: Bamboo. From ancient times, humans living with bamboo have used it for food, shelter and to build entire orchestras of diverse and melodic sounds, strange and haunting harmonies and versatile percussion instruments. We will make bull roarers, xylophones, rasps, plosive percussion tubes and simple string zithers. We will also learn about text scores, how to write and perform them, and collaboratively compose a short work for performance on our final day, using the RSVP process pioneered by legendary dancer Anna Halprin. 

Teaching Artist : David Samas

Grades : 1 - 5 (6 to 10 year olds)

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Music and Art :: Thingamakids! in Camp 510
Aug
6
to Aug 10

Music and Art :: Thingamakids! in Camp 510

Music and Art CAMPers get to explore methods of art making, music making, and the world where they overlap. Students will use music as their inspiration in two-dimensional medium, and will use art techniques in order to produce something that ends up musical. This involves creating in response to music; through collage, painting and drawing as result of movement and emotion.  In turn, we will write and move to music to create art, and even produce a sculpture that makes music!  

Teaching Artist : Taylor Gersbach

Grades : 1 - 5 (6 to 10 year olds)

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Hands On! - Thumb piano, Bass, and Percussion :: Thingamakids! in Camp 510
Jul
23
to Jul 27

Hands On! - Thumb piano, Bass, and Percussion :: Thingamakids! in Camp 510

This workshop series features building musical instruments such as a thumb piano, bass guitar, and percussion from recycled materials. Additionally, students will use their new musical contraptions in call and response games and be given opportunities to share simple song ideas with the class. 

Teaching Artist : Dan Bales

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Life Drummer: Active Listener :: Thingamakids! in Camp 510
Jul
16
to Jul 20

Life Drummer: Active Listener :: Thingamakids! in Camp 510

Students will create simple percussion instruments out of everyday items, learn about inviting objects to make a sound with different implements and strokes, and explore what the camp is made of by essentially "thumping and whacking on it." Students will also learn to listen to their environment in a musical way and develop a practice of active listening for all situations, ordinary and musical. 

Teaching Artist : Dillon Vado

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SINGfinity :: Thingamakids! in Camp 510
Jul
16
to Jul 20

SINGfinity :: Thingamakids! in Camp 510

Teaching Artist Rae Diamond guides kids to explore the infinity of sound that they can create, using only breath and voice. In this week-long Thingamakids workshop, kids will create their very own sound scores, like a six-sided dice score that we’ll roll to determine which sounds to make next, or a deck of cards score that we’ll use to create different sound games with, …and more! 

Grades : 5-8

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 Sonic Marionette :: Thingamakids! in Camp 510
Jul
2
to Jul 6

Sonic Marionette :: Thingamakids! in Camp 510

Design and construct a sonic marionette using bamboo, string, magnets and things found in the local supermarket to create an audio theater piece with your campmates.  Learn about simple machines, electronics and acoustics and experiment with playful sound performance. 

Teaching Artist : Bryan Day

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Homemade Analogue Synthesizer :: Thingamakids! in Camp 510
Jun
18
to Jun 22

Homemade Analogue Synthesizer :: Thingamakids! in Camp 510

Campers become members of a 30-piece orchestra of homemade musical synthesizers. These simple but mighty devices are easy to use and offer infinite fun, noisy possibilities for sonic creations. In this workshop, composer and Teaching Artist Danny Clay will lead students through activities, performances, and meditations. Students will use the instruments to build their own sound installations, invent games, and create their own musical compositions.

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The Nature of Notation :: 20th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival
May
19
4:00 PM16:00

The Nature of Notation :: 20th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival

Thingamajigs Performance Group joins faculty of Berklee School of Music to perform specially created graphic notational pieces by members of Becoming Independent, in a 3-part workshop. This will be the last performance in the 20th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival.

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Pacific Exchange :: 20th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival
Apr
15
4:00 PM16:00

Pacific Exchange :: 20th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival

Music traditions of Korea, China, and Japan, convene on-stage as part of a cultural exchange concert, that extends the 20th Anniversary celebrations of Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival. Program includes an introduction by Soo Yeon Lyuh, a collaboration by pipa players and composers Sophia Shen and Shenshen Zhang, and bamboo shakuhachi performance by Cornelius Boots. The show will also serve as Cornelius’ release of his newest album.

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Alt-Tuned Rock Night :: 20th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival
Mar
24
8:00 PM20:00

Alt-Tuned Rock Night :: 20th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival

Assemble for a night of pure rock in alternate tunings, in the second edition of a show that'll bring together a number of avant-garde performers. This edition features John Shiurba's Vegan Butcher, 'Fraid o' Freyja, the just-intoned psychedelic alter-ego of Thingamajigs Performance Group, and Hazel Atlas (Kevin Thompson of the Enablers).  read more...

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Opening Night :: 20th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival with Acoustic Space of OMCA
Dec
15
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Night :: 20th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival with 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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18th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival
Oct
1
to Oct 4

18th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival

Thingamajigs presents another year of exciting new musical works for homemade instruments, found objects, DIY inventions, and alternate tunings by some of the Bay Area’s most innovative artists. Instrument inventors are a rare breed; but at this year’s 18th annual Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival, a dozen of the finest experimental instrument builders will be entertaining all ages crowds at the Center for New Music.

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16th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival
Oct
9
to Oct 14

16th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival

Now in its 16th year, Thingamajigs’ genre-crossing MFP&T Festival is the only annual event completely dedicated to music created with made/found materials and alternate tuning systems. Past participants include Carla Kihlstedt, Walter Kitundu, Pauline Oliveros, Brenda Hutchinson, Electric Junkyard Gamelan, and Laetitia Sonami.

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