NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Sekhon's Works at PASIC 2014
Two of Baljinder's works will be featured at the 2014 Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, IN. PASIC's Focus Day will include a new video-notation work, performed by the University of Wisconsin (Eau
Claire) Percussion Ensemble. The Saturday Showcase Concert will feature Dieter Hennings (guitar) and the University of Kentucky
percussion ensemble performing Sekhon's work Musica Casera for classical guitar and percussion ensemble. UK's group
is directed by James Campbell and UWEC is directed by Jeffrey Crowell.
2014 Root Signals Electronic Music Festival Sekhon's
new work Vibraphone and Electronics is among those selected for programming at the 2014 Root Signals Electronic Music Festival. Percussionist Victor Pons will travel to Jacksonville, FL to perform the work during the festival. Check out Victor's recent
video of Vibraphone and Electronics HERE!
Global Premiere - New Saxophone + Piano Commission
Global Première, a new organization dedicated
to promoting new commissions around the world, has launched its first major project with a new work by Dr. Baljinder Sekhon.
This new platform brings together the highest quality musicians, one from each U.S. state and foreign country, by special
invitation, and they each support the commission of a new work that they will individually premiere in their
respective locales. Among the many saxophonists involved include Timothy McAllister, Cliff Leaman, Chien-Kwan Lee, Douglas
Braga, Doug O'Connor, and John Sampen. A full list of participants can be found on Global Premiere's Website.
Commission - Steel Drum + Percussion Ensemble
Gerhart is leading a new consortium to commission a work from Baljinder for solo Steel Drum (tenor pan) and Percussion Ensemble.
The new work will be premiered by Dave Gerhart in March 2015 and numerous subsequent performances will follow. For more information,
and to join the consortium, please visit the Consortium Webpage!
Heisler/Yeh Duo Tour and CD Release
The Heisler/Yeh Duo will be performing Gradient during their tour of Taiwan
and China in May 2014. After returning to the United States, they will record Gradient for their CD release on AMP Recordings
with Mark Bunce (Mid-American Contemporary Music Center) as the engineer and producer. The Heisler/Yeh duo is Jeffrey Heisler, saxophone; I-Chen Yeh, piano.
SUN at Stellenbosch International Chamber
SUN will be performed by the
University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire Percussion Ensemble during the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in
Stellenbosch, South Africa. The ensemble is directed by Jeff Crowell and their performance will be streamed live at 1:00PM
(UTC+02:00) on July 5th HERE.
Carnegie Hall - Double Concerto Premiere
Sekhon's new Double Percussion Concerto received its premiere on March
4, 2014 in Carnegie Hall (New York City). The featured soloists were be Robert McCormick and Lee Hinkle and the performing
ensemble was the University of South Florida Wind Ensemble directed by John Carmichael. Many encore performances will be delivered
across the USA in 2014/2015.
CD Release -
Soli for Soprano and Percussion Orchestra
2.0 The new McCormick Percussion Group CD is out! The CD featured soprano Jamie Jordan, director Robert McCormick, and
members of the McCormick Percussion Group performing works by Matt Barber, Baljinder Sekhon, and Jean Barraque. Sekhon's work
Twelve Virtues was premiered in Fall 2011 by Jamie Jordan and the McCormick Percussion Group. The CD is available on iTunes,
Amazon, and other major retailers. Here is a link to the Ravello Records page for this disc.
Gradient 2.0 at NASA 2014
Gradient 2.0 (saxophone and percussion ensemble) was chosen for the featured
evening chamber music concert at the 2014 NASA Biennial Conference. The concert took place on Saturday, March 22 at 7:00pm
in the Great Hall of the Krannert Performaing Arts Center. This performance featured Doug O'Connor (saxophone) and the University
of Illinois Percussion Ensemble directed by William Moersch.