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Music from Professor Sekhon’s New Album “Places and Times” Featured on Official Spotify Playlist

Monday, April 30, 2018

Spotify cover art for the playlist Classical New Releases: Spotify Picks
Composer and Assistant Professor of Composition Baljinder Sekhon's piece Death is an Advisor: VI. Dream Come True. from his new album Places and Times is featured in Spotify's "Classical New Releases: Spotify Picks" weekly playlist beginning Friday, April 27.

Classical New Releases is a playlist of 50 tracks from 50 notable new classical albums updated every week on Friday. The playlist feature coincides with Sekhon's album release on April 27.
cover art for Places and Times
Death is an Advisor
is a six-movement piece for piano and percussion ensemble. The piece features USF Assistant Professor of Piano Eunmi Ko as a piano soloist, the McCormick Percussion Group under the direction of Professor of Percussion Robert McCormick, and students and alumni of the USF percussion studio.

Other performers on Places and Times include the ensembles Los Angeles Percussion Quartet and line upon line percussion as well as soloists Dave Gerhart on steel pan and Dieter Hennings on guitar.

Places and Times is available now on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and from the Innova Recordings record label.

In May, iTunes added the album its Alternative Classical playlist. Additionally, the album has received numerous radio broadcasts on stations across the country including WCNY WMNF, WJNY, and Minnesota Public Radio.

Reviews of Places and Times

Musicweb International's Dominy Clements calls Sekhon, "clearly a skilled craftsman when it comes to the complex world of percussion, and the music here is never less than intriguing." Read the full review.

A review by Textura concludes, "There are many takeaways from Places and Times, but perhaps the biggest one is how much it brings into sharp relief exactly how much sonic plenitude percussion ensembles like the ones featured are capable of generating." Read the full review. 

Matthew Younglove of the blog I Care If You Listen writes, "Places and Times is a complete artwork, thoughtfully constructed to create an enlightening and engaging experience for the audience from start to finish. These five percussion-based compositions present a plethora of complexity, beauty, and strength." Read more.