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Pauline Oliveros and Thingamajigs Performance Group

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Pauline Oliveros and Thingamajigs Performance Group

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Pauline Oliveros, a leader in the musical avant-garde for five decades will collaborate with the Thingamajigs Performance Group to create a new piece of music during a week of workshops and open rehearsals, leading up to the premiere at this landmark L@TE event. Prepare to be transported by masterful improvisation, sonic meditation, and experiments in deep listening.

To commemorate years of presenting new music at our current site, Berkeley Art Museum has commissioned a new collaborative piece between Pauline Oliveros and the Thingamajigs Performance Group (TPG). This will be one of the final performances at the museum before we move into our new space. The piece will incorporate the contours and accoustics of the unique atrium gallery and feature alternately tuned instruments such as a just-intuned accordian, glass, hand made wind instruments, and various made and found objects.

Culminating from a week-long working residency between Pauline Oliveros and TPG, both teams will develop a group collaborative musical work that blurs divisions between the role of composer and performer. This process of “collaborative composing” is unique to the new music world but is quite common in other performing arts, including dance, theater and even rock music.

Project Schedule:

November 10th through 14th –Oliveros/TPG workweek
November 14th –artist talk and panel discussion at BAM/PFA
November 14th –performance of new work at BAM/PFA’s L@TE series

Pauline Oliveros has been as interested in finding new sounds as in finding new uses for old ones. Her primary instrument is the accordion, an unexpected visitor perhaps to musical cutting edge, but one she approaches in much the same way that a Zen musician might approach the Japanese shakuhachi. Oliveros’ life as a composer, performer and humanitarian is about opening her own and others’ sensibilities to the universe and facets of sounds. Since the 1960’s she has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth, and ritual.

The Thingamajigs Performance Group (TPG) uses unique musical instruments and performance practices, combining traditional Eastern sensibilities with modern American technologies and performance practices. Creating pieces in a group collaborative process that sometimes incorporates voice and multimedia elements, this ensemble of musicians expands and contracts within each performance situation.

TPG’s unique process of creating work is closer to that of theater companies or dance troupes rather than standard music ensembles. Instead of commissioning one composer to write music for which the ensemble will play, TPG creates each of it original works in a collaborative manner with each ensemble member and/or collaborating partner having equal creative input in guiding the work to fruition.

Core members of TPG include Dylan Bolles, Keith Evans, Suki O’Kane and Edward Schocker.

This performance is supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, and an anonymous donor.

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