The College of Arts and Architecture

Baljinder Sekhon

Dr. Baljinder Sekhon

Congratulations to composition professor Baljinder Sekhon on the upcoming premiere of his new work, into emptiness, for saxophone, flute, voice, and electronics.  The premiere will take place on August 25th at 6 pm at Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage.  Premiering the work will be Douglas O’Connor (saxophone), Kenneth Cox (flute), Laurel Irene (voice), and Sekhon (electronics). This new work was composed specifically for this event, and commissioned by Douglas O'Connor with support from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University, and over 60 individual contributors to the Saxophone Genesis Commissioning Project.  

According to Dr. Sekhon, into emptiness is a setting of an untitled text by the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi, that explores the nuances, granular components, and anatomy of the sounds of the three acoustic elements performed on stage.  A wide collection of sounds sampled directly from the performers premiering the work are used to create the electronic component of the work.  The samples are often heard deconstructed, creating an array of percussive sounds and the live performers employ extended techniques to create a union between the electronic and acoustic sound worlds of this work. 

The August 25th concert will be an evening of premieres, with works commissioned from five composers: Robert Morris, Osnat Netzer, Jeffrey Mumford, Robert Hasegawa, and Baljinder Sekhon.