The Temporal Mechanics Union 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.
The original 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 by our musical director, Chris Mayer, and increasingly by other members of the ensemble.
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 experience for performers and audience alike.
Formed in 2002, TMU is resident at Cowley College.