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.
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.
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Music For People & Thingamajigs Festival
The Music For People & Thingamajigs (MFP&T) Festival is an annual event that was first held in 1997, and what eventually led to the formation of Thingamajigs - the organization. The festival is dedicated to the promotion of experimental music that incorporates made/found instruments and alternate tuning systems. Each year, MFP&T festival invites artists who design their own musical instruments to participate in a mix of workshops, music making, and performances, with the goal to reach a large, diverse audience of all ages.
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 VirtualTourist.com (a leader in airlines’ inflight magazines) listed it as one of their “Top 10 Summer Music Festivals”.
The year 2017 will host one of the grandest gatherings of artists and works, since it coincides with the birth centennial of Lou Harrison. The festival will be a double celebration, and along with its festival performances, it will include the final shows of Harrison 100/Thingamajigs 20.