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L@TE: Pauline Oliveros

Pauline Oliveros performs at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, in collaboration with Thingamajigs Performance Group.

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what a thrill!

Posted on December 4, 2014 by Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Over 500 avid listeners attended this very successful event!

Some photos can be found here and here. We’ll post more documentation as we get it.

And we were very fortunate to get good press coverage, including a nice preview, a glowing review, and a podcast interview.


All in all, we couldn’t be happier with the outstanding performance and its reception. Congratulations to all involved!

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Open Rehearsal!

Posted on November 17, 2014 by Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Pauline Oliveros and Thingamajigs will conduct an open rehearsal for their new piece here at the Berkeley Art Museum (2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720) on Wednesday November 19, 2:00pm. Free with museum admission. We look forward to seeing you there!

New dates!

We have moved this exciting project a week later. It will now take place the week of November 17, culimating in a concert on Friday, November 21.


L@TE is the highly successful multidisciplinary performing arts program at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). Begun in 2009 and presented on select Friday evenings in the museum’s 7,000-square-foot atrium, L@TE has expanded the notion of what our museum can be for its visitors, providing exceptionally high quality, varied, and innovative programming that ranges from music performance, to vocal concerts, to dance, to multi-media evenings involving combinations of live performance, moving image projections, and audience participation.  L@TE continues to be one of the most probing and creative programs of its kind—a series of performing arts events that provides avenues for innovation and engages new audiences.

To commemorate years of presenting new music at our current site, we will commission 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 12th –school visit and demonstration at Berkeley Arts Magnet
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.



Project Media

Pauline Oliveros Sample
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Features: Pauline Oliveros

A sample of a performative work with Pauline Oliveros and IONE.

Thingamajigs Performance Group Sample
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Features: Thingamajigs

Thingamajigs Performance Group performs a 14-hour durational work with poet Stephen Ratcliffe and performative artists Shinichi Iova-Koga.

BAM/PFA’s L@TE sample
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A sample of the many artists and disciplines featured at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive’s L@TE series.

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Berkeley, California

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