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Brian Baumbusch's The Pressure (premiere) @ Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF

Join us on Saturday, June 15 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for the second installment of our 24th festival season: Concert 2 – Brian Baumbusch's 'The Pressure'.

The Pressure is a tale of gothic horror told in music, harking back to world of German expressionist silent film­­–a story straight from the Twilight Zone.

A snake oil peddler comes to town – a town suffering from painful barometric pressure – and promises a cure. There are unforeseen consequences… be careful what you wish for.

With support from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, Other Minds has commissioned California-based composer and instrument builder Brian Baumbusch to write a new evening-length work, The Pressure, for narrator and a varied and eclectic mixed ensemble of instruments and voices.

It features more than 24 performers including The Lightbulb Ensemble and Friction String Quartet, 3 keyboardists, a vocal quartet, and the composer as narrator. Making their debut will be an array of newly created gamelan-style instruments in original tunings. And what results? – a sound palate of shimmering metallophones, a wide variety of keyboards, and the tonal warmth of strings and voices.

This nightmare world is explored through an original story written by award winning playwright, Paul Baumbusch, and evocative visuals by Federico Yankelevich of Madrid..