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.
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.
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)
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)
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
The first of the last 2 summer shows of 20th Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival amplify and extend the gestural and sonic characteristic of the found objects, with Joo Won Park and Big City Orchestra on-stage.
The third and final leg of a 3-part workshop, in which Dylan Bolles, of Thingamajigs Performance Group, will work with participants to create a series of graphical music scores to be performed by Thingamajigs Performance Group and displayed at Chalk Hill in May of 2018.
Find us in this year's second Youth Baseball and Softball Day, presented by Black Bear Diner, on Sunday, May 6 when the A's take on the Baltimore Orioles. Our staff and volunteer will be there to tell you all about the non-profit of the game!
The second of a 3-part workshop, in which Dylan Bolles, of Thingamajigs Performance Group, will work with participants to create a series of graphical music scores to be performed by Thingamajigs Performance Group and displayed at Chalk Hill in May of 2018.
The first of a 3-part workshop, in which Dylan Bolles, of Thingamajigs Performance Group, will work with participants to create a series of graphical music scores to be performed by Thingamajigs Performance Group and displayed at Chalk Hill in May of 2018.
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.
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...
Edward Schocker as part of Northern California Gagaku Group performs Japanese imperial court music, to mark the 17th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration.
Join us for this special pop-up maker workshop! Teaching Artists from the Thingamakids! Education Program will lead hands-on instrument building, music appreciation and the study of sound produced through made and found objects.
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.
Found objects, innovative instruments, new music and a gathering of unusual performers - Thingamajigs gears up for its biggest annual celebration in October 2016. It all begins in a military bunker, gets to bay area streets and concludes with a tribute to Lou Harrison.
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.
Celebrating its 17th year in 2014, MFP&T is a celebration of new and unusual explorations in music and performance, featuring evening concerts, daytime family events and hands-on discovery.
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.
Celebrating its 15th year in 2012, MFP&T was a celebration of new and unusual explorations in music and performance, featuring evening concerts, daytime family events and hands-on discovery.