Works by Sekhon featured on Klarthe Record Label and at SEAMUS National Conference

Monday, February 01, 2016

Music composition professor Baljinder Sekhon has had his composition Gradient featured on a new recording by saxophonist Jérôme Laran and pianist Michael Ertzscheid on the Klarthe record label. The record, entitled Hikari, aims to expand saxophone repertoire and communicate the theme of "light" through dazzling minimalist compositions. In Gradient, the performers utilize extended techniques in an attempt to create a harmonious blend of timbres between the two instruments. The beauty and intrigue of this piece is evident, as it is one of Sekhon's most frequently performed works.

In February, another work by Sekhon, Vibraphone and Electronics, is to be performed at the 2016 Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference in Georgia. SEAMUS is a non-profit national organization that unites electronic music educators, performers, and composers from around the country to collaborate and disseminate works.

Vibraphone and Electronics, commissioned by Melanie Sehman with support from the SUNY Professional Development Fund, features the vibraphone with enchanting interactive real-time electronics to expand the sounds of the acoustic vibraphone. Bows, mallets, coins, and wood are used on the instrument's keys in order to give the instrument characteristics of the "electronic" world. Electronics are executed by the open source visual programming language Pure Data, triggering prerecorded sounds, real-time synthesis, processing, and random generative events.

SEAMUS 2016 will be held on February 11-13th, 2016 at Georgia Southern University. Sekhon's work is to be performed on the final day of the conference at 4:30pm in the Carol A. Carter Recital Hall.

For more information about SEAMUS 2016, please visit: http://seamusonline.org/2016-national-conference/

Hikari is available for purchase as a compact disc from the Klarthe website: http://www.klarthe.com/index.php/en/records-en/hikari-detail