Third Coast Percussion WAVES Workshops

Co-presented with San Francisco Performances

Saturday, March 26, 2016 • Noon–1:00 p.m. and 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15, Kanbar Forum

Included with museum admission. Ages: 9–99 (no prior musical experience is necessary)

All Ages

Note: Seating is limited and will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a space, please email; museum admission is required.

Join us for WAVES, an interactive performance workshop and presentation exploring the scientific and musical properties of sound with the celebrated Chicago-based ensemble Third Coast Percussion.

In this vibrant, participatory workshop the talented members of Third Coast Percussion will guide us through an interactive exploration of sound waves. Using visualizations made with spectrum analyzers and oscilloscopes, Third Coast Percusssion will illuminate concepts such as amplitude and dynamics, frequency and pitch, and noise and musical timbre while performing on a wide range of percussive instruments from bells to marimbas. Later, each audience member will receive a custom-designed percussion instrument and play a score composed especially for the workshop with the ensemble.

Formed in 2005, the critically acclaimed Third Coast Percussion (David Skidmore, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin, and Sean Connors) has garnered an international reputation for adventurous performances and recordings of inspiring energy and nuance. Since its founding, the group has also been dedicated to teaching and community engagement.

The WAVES workshop is presented by the Exploratorium Center for Art & Inquiry, which has been exploring exemplary artists’ lessons in interdisciplinary contexts. Learn more about Begin Here: Assignments, Instructions, Prompts & Cues from the Artist’s Classroom.

The program is a collaboration with San Francisco Performances’ presentation of Third Coast Percussions’ Wild Sound at SFJazz on Monday, March 28, a great complement to the WAVES workshop.

To reserve a space, please email; museum admission is required.





Begin Here is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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