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Other Minds Festival 24 – Pitch Perfect
For Other Minds 24, 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.

Washington Post
"...exuberantly complex, maddeningly beautiful, and as intoxicating as a drug."

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Regular Admission: $35 – $55

Student: $28 – $44

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About Other Minds

Other Minds is dedicated to the encouragement and propagation of contemporary music in all its forms through concerts, recordings, broadcasts, audio preservation, and public discussions that bring together artists and audiences of diverse traditions, generations, and cultural backgrounds. By fostering cross-cultural exchange and creative dialogue, and by encouraging exploration of areas in new music seldom touched upon by mainstream music institutions, Other Minds is committed to expanding and reshaping the definition of what constitutes “serious music.”

Since 1993, Other Minds has been a leading organization for new and experimental music, devoted to championing the most original, eccentric, and underrepresented creative voices in contemporary music. From festival concerts, film screenings, radio broadcasts, and the commissioning of new works, to producing and releasing CDs, preserving thousands of interviews and concerts and distributing them free on the Internet, Other Minds has become one of the world’s major conservators of new music’s ecology.

Photo Credit: Brian Baumbusch and the Lightbulb Ensemble photo by Clarence Magno.