Temporal Mechanics Union

Why book Temporal Mechanics Union?

Temporal Mechanics Union is a percussion ensemble unlike any other, presenting experimental and new music with traditional rhythms, and large-scale percussion theatre performances. From main-stage concerts to cabaret shows to street performances to educational presentations, Temporal Mechanics Union guarantees a musical & visual experience like no other, one that audiences of all ages won't soon forget.

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Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 45 - 240 minutes
  • Fee: $200+ based upon event & distance

Additional Booking Notes

The technical requirements of a TMU performance may vary from show to show. For outdoor events and venues, such as street fairs, carnivals, parades, most educational presentations and some festivals, no sound reinforcement is needed. For the typical small to medium sized venues, your house sound and light systems are adequate. When needed, we can provide sound for these venues. For the largest venues and events, we expect you to provide pro sound & lighting.

When presenting our percussion theatre works, theatrical lighting, sound, computer, broadband access and/or A/V projection systems are required, depending on the specifc show. Contact us to discuss these requirements, and the negotiable performance fees regarding these technical requirements.

When presenting mainstage concerts, percussion theatre works, and for some educational presentations, the large orchestral percussion instruments (ie. tympani, xylophone, marimba, vibes, etc) are required. We are happy to negotiate fee discounts for those who can provide these instruments.

Temporal Mechanics Union

The TMU repertoire follows two traditions. We play traditional & folkloric rhythms from a variety of cultural sources, such as afro-cuban bembe and rumba, Brazilian batucada, Arabic iqat and various West African styles. We also seek out and create new works, performing these in our chamber ensemble mode. We incorporate minimalism, art of noises, soundscapes, chance music and found objects into our performances. Many of the Mechanics regularly build and perform on new instruments. We've also been very happy to premiere the new and less-performed works of nascent and established composers.

TMU also presents large-scale multimedia works we like to call "percussion theatre." These works combine percussion-based music performed on traditional, orchestral and experimental instruments with visual arts, spoken word, dance & movement, singing & vocalizations, and equal measures of drama & comedy. A truly unique performance suitable for concert halls, festivals and experimental venues.

Our most recent venture has been into the realm of microtonal music. We have built an instrumentarium of percussion keyboards and plosive aerophones tuned in 31-edo. That's 31 equal divisions of the octave, as opposed to the 12 "black & white keys" in an octave that most Western listeners are accustomed to. We are currently building up a repertoire of new music with these instruments, and incorporating them into the wider scope of our performances.

The ensemble is built around a core of percussionists (aka "Mechanics") who have been with the group since it's foundation. The ensemble at large represents a collective of percussionists and other artists who join forces to create a singular performance experience.

Please see our main web site for information on current and past performances, up-coming projects, and for links to more audio, video and photos.

The team providing the talent:

Chris Mayer

Musical Director

Bryan McChesney

Senior Mechanic

Mike Fell

Senior Mechanic

Wayne Farley

Senior Mechanic

John Virden

Poet Laureate

Brandi Berntsen

Mechanic (percussionist)

Phillip Vinson

Mechanic (percussionist)

Influences & Inspiration

The music of Temporal Mechanics Union is influenced by composers such as Harry Partch, John Cage, Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Earle Brown, Luigi Russolo, Lou Harrison, LaMonte Young, Morton Feldman, Todd Harper and JC Combs. Much of our repertoire is comprised of original compositions by our musical director, Chris Mayer, and various members of the ensemble. We also perform traditional rhythms & styles from the world over.

Setup Requirements

From a simple chair to full-blown stage and lighting, there are certain configurations and needs that many performers and service providers require in order to provide the best possible experience at your event. Get a free quote request to check with Temporal Mechanics Union to find out what their setup requirements are.

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