The Music For People & Thingamajigs Festival is the East Bay's annual event dedicated to promoting music that incorporates made/found instruments and alternate tuning systems. MFP&T invites artists who design their own musical instruments to join in a festival of workshops, music making, and performances with the goal of reaching a large, diverse audience of all ages.
Thingamajigs is celebrating 15 years of 'music, people & thingamajigs' by presenting concerts and educational outreach events that feature 12 amazing artists, including a long anticipated piece by MacArthur fellow Walter Kitundu, a residency from legendary New Zealand instrument builder and performer Phil Dadson, and new works by local composers Luciano Chessa and Marilyn McNeal.
On Saturday Thingamajigs return to Mills College, where the festival began 15 years ago, to feature the William Winant Percussion Group in works by Lou Harrison played on the composer's original hand-built percussion instruments.
For tickets and complete festival line-up visit:
Thursday, October 11th 8pm: Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland, CA 94612 ($10-$15 sliding scale). Artists include Luciano Chessa + The Living Earth Show, Glou-glou (Arjun Mendiratta & Gretchen Jude), Rachel Trapp and Giacomo Fiore
Friday, October 12th 8pm: Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland, CA 94612 ($10-$15 sliding scale). Artists include Walter Kitundu, Tracey Cockrell and Marylin McNeal
Saturday, October 13th 8pm: Mills College Concert Hall, 5000 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94613. Thingamajigs Homecoming concert featuring William Winant Percussion Group and Phil Dadson. This concert is part of Mills Music Now series.
Tuesday, October 16th 8pm: Berkeley Arts Festival, 2133 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 ($10-$15 sliding scale). Artists include Phil Dadson with special guests Bart Hopkin, Walter Kitundu, Tom Nunn, and Paul Winstanley