Concert 2 – Brian Baumbusch’s The PressureTickets
June 15, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm[$28 – $55]
June 15, 2019 @ 8:00 PM
Other Minds Festival 24: Concert 2 – Brian Baumbusch’s The Pressure
Saturday, June 15, 2019 @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
Other Minds has commissioned California-based composer and instrument builder Brian Baumbusch to write a new evening-length work for instruments and tunings of his own devising. The work, entitled The Pressure, features more than 24 players including the composer’s own Lightbulb Ensemble, along with the San Francisco-based Friction String Quartet, a keyboardist, and four singers/narrators. The music will explore the sound-palates of Baumbusch’s mixed ensemble, ranging from the shimmering tones of his homemade metallophone instruments to the rich chroma of the strings.
The Pressure will be a 90-minute multimedia work based on themes of early German expressionist film centered on the occult/uncanny as explored through an original storyline written by the composer’s brother Paul Baumbusch, and feature an onstage performance set to projected illustrations created by Federico Yankelevich from Madrid, Spain.
About the Artists
Brian Baumbusch is a composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Oakland, California, whose “harmonically vivid… intense… simmering” (NY Times) compositions push the boundaries of new music. He has spearheaded projects of both western and non-western music which are considered a “cultural treat” (Maryland Gazette). His 2015 composition, Hydrogen(2)Oxygen for the JACK Quartet and Lightbulb Ensemble is described by the Washington Post as being “exuberantly complex, maddeningly beautiful, and as intoxicating as a drug.” He has given major performances at such venues as the Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar, The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, The Clarice Smith Center of Maryland, Kresge Hall at MIT, Cambridge, and The Yerba Buena Center of San Francisco, among others. He has collaborated with musicians such as The JACK Quartet, I Made Subandi, Pauline Oliveros, David Behrman, Wayne Vitale, and Larry Polansky.
The Lightbulb Ensemble (LBE) is a new music percussion ensemble that champions experimental music, instrument building, and contemporary gamelan. Their “refreshingly innovative performances challenge conventional notions of how gamelan music should sound” (SF Classical Voice), and they are “as cutting edge as cutting edge gets, exuberantly complex, maddeningly beautiful, and as intoxicating as a drug” (The Washington Post). The ensemble emerged from the culture of new music at Mills College and the longstanding artistic exchange between Bali and the US fostered by Gamelan Sekar Jaya. LBE performs on steel metallophones, wooden marimbas, and other instruments designed, tuned, and built by Brian Baumbusch, LBE founder and director. Performing only new repertoire, the group presents in-house compositions and collaborates with other artists of the new music community, including the Paul Dresher Ensemble, the JACK Quartet, and The Center for Contemporary Music, among others.
Friction Quartet, whose performances have been called “terribly beautiful” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “stunningly passionate” (Calgary Herald) and “exquisitely skilled” (ZealNYC), exists to modernize the chamber music experience and expand the string quartet repertoire. Joshua Kosman (San Francisco Chronicle) declared that Friction Quartet is “an artist who should be discovered” and described their performance as “high-octane music making…a fine blend of rhythmic ferocity and tonal flair.”
Concert 2 Program
Performed by Lightbulb Ensemble and Friction Quartet