Pacific Exchange 2013
The Pacific Exchange brings composers and performers from diverse areas of the Pacific Rim together in order to exchange ideas and create music on a shared concert stage. Thingamajigs created this event to emphasize the commonalities of artists living on the Pacific Rim, as well as to showcase their diversity. We ask artists, 'what does the Pacific Rim mean to you and how does it affect your music'. Thingamajigs, with composers and performers from Peru, Chile and Korea will host concerts, workshops, and demonstrations to foster an exchange of ideas with the local community.
Along with our Pacific Exchange concert at the Center for New Music, Pacific Exchange artists will also be involved in workshops at our local schools, including Bridges Academy Elementary and American International Montessori School.
Artists and groups involved in this year's Pacific Exchange events include Gregorio Fonten Correa (Chile), Pauchi Saseki (Peru), and Yun-kyong Jin (Korea).
Please see artist biographies and schedule below.
For over five years The Pacific Exchange concerts have exhibited the music of composers from diverse Pacific regions such as Japan, Korea, Australia, Canada and the United States.
The Pacific Exchange 2013 is supported in part by the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and generous contributions from individual and corporate donors.
Gregorio Fonten: Known as a Dark Satie because of his combination of microtonal tuning, ragtime hints and use of silence, his work has been described as one of ramshackle and unique songs, whose effect is hallucinatory, corrosive; both strange and beautiful.
Combining psychedelic soundscapes, south american huayno and cumbia rhythms with a distinctive personality, his music is as much part of a local tradition as his own original creation. The press has labeled him as the godson of Chile's 70s legendary band Los Jaivas. As part of the poets workshop "Foro de Escritores", he has been an active exponent of experimental poetry in Chile; with works published in Chile, Mexico and UK. He performs as a sound poet/solo musician and has had electronic surround compositions and chamber woks performed.
Peruvian-Japanese Pauchi Sasaki is a performer-composer-improviser. She weaves styles and disciplines in her creative process through interdisciplinary projects that induce the interaction between artwork, space and audience. Her compositions are both for ensembles and electronics. She actively collaborates in projects involving dance, film, theater, sound installation and multimedia performances. She has been invited to festivals in Peru, USA, Japan, Spain, Chile and Switzerland, and received two awards for "Best Original Music" from the National Film Council of Peru and the International Film Festival of Lima. She studied classical, Andean, Hindu and Klezmer violin and she is a current student at Mills College (MFA Electronic Music program). [www.pauchi.com]
Yun-Kyong Jin is a celebrated piri (double reed) player and gugak (Korean traditional music) scholar. She holds degrees from Korea National University of Arts and Seoul National University, and is a doctoral candidate at The Academy of Korean Studies. She has won numerous awards for gugak performance, including The Important Intangible Cultural Asset for classical piri, and has recorded two albums; 'Memento Mori,' and, 'Invisible Land.'
History and Mission Statement:
Thingamajigs is a genre-crossing arts organization that promotes, presents and performs music created with made and found materials or alternate tuning systems. Since 1997 we have presented world premiere works and performances by over 100 local, national and international artists. Known for our adventurous and genre-crossing programs, many of our artists have gained international recognition, including two MacArthur Fellows, Gerbode Foundation's Emerging Composers Awardees, and a McKnight Composer Fellow, to name a few.
Thingamajigs began in 1997 at Mills College. Originally conceived as a forum for composers/performers who develop new and unique ways of producing sound, it soon broke out of the college environment and into a large public offering. As of 2004 a permanent board of was created, by which many events in addition to the Annual Music for People & Thingamajigs Festival are produced. In addition to our annual festival Thingamajigs offers a variety of arts, educational, and cross-cultural events such as The Pacific Exchange Series, Thingama-kids!, and various artist exchange programs.
Our mission is to develop and nurture the exploration of alternate materials and methods of creating sound, as well as promote collaborative efforts within other artistic disciplines not generally associated with festivals of music. With open workshops and performances, we welcome audiences/participants of all ages and backgrounds to join in a wonderful tradition started here in the Bay Area by such composers as Henry Cowell, Harry Partch, Lou Harrison, and John Cage.
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