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Global Commissioning Platform Launches with Composer Baljinder Sekhon

Monday, April 04, 2016

Baljinder Sekhon recently completed his new work as part of the inaugural Global Première Consortium Commissioning Project. The new work, Sonata of Puzzles, is a 16-minute three movement composition for alto saxophone and piano. With a different saxophonist representing each of the US states and international countries, this work was composed for over 50 of the most recognized classical saxophonists around the world. Sonata of Puzzles began receiving premiere performances around the world this season as this yearlong project moves to the second phase of activities.

Global Première's mission is to promote the composition and world-wide performance of new music. They select the most esteemed instrumentalists from territories around the globe and organize them to help fund a similarly esteemed composer's commission. In addition, they also promote the performances with organized and effective marketing and media. Whereas many other approaches to joint commissioning halt after the initial fundraising is over, Global Première stands apart for its commitment to full follow-through in the promotion of new music. Global Première will soon be announcing their endeavor to host multiple simultaneous commissions.

The Global Première website includes interactive maps on each page that populate as invited members join a consortium, showing the progress of the commission as well as giving publicity to the musicians involved. In addition to funding the composition of a new work, this approach endeavors to promote world-wide performance and dissemination of the piece at a professional level, presenting a huge benefit to the composer, the performers, the supporters, and to the collective awareness of new music internationally.

The music of Baljinder Sekhon has been presented in over 400 concerts in sixteen countries, at venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Seoul Arts Center. Several commercial recordings of his works have been released, and his compositions have received performances by prominent ensembles, such as the Albany Symphony, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Sekhon serves as Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL) and holds the PhD from the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY).

Listen to Sonata of Puzzle here or visit Sekhon Music for more music by Baljinder Sekhon.

Learn more about Global Premiere.