Posted By : SekhonMusic
Piece Title : Colored Windows, Tempered Rooms
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Level : Senior / Graduate
Composer / Arranger : Sekhon, Baljinder
Composer / Arranger Details:

"Clearly knowing the power of sonority" (Philadelphia Inquirer), the music of Baljinder Sekhon demonstrates a wide range of interests and influences. From pieces for large ensemble to solo works to electronic music, Sekhon`s music has received over 200 performances around the world and has been described as "still and mysterious, animated, haunting and peaceful" by the Epoch Times. In addition to his projects as a composer, he is also active as a teacher, percussionist and concert producer and currently serves as Visiting Professor of Composition at the University of South Florida. Sekhon`s music has been featured at a variety of events, including WNYC’s recent production “Beyond Bollywood” at the Jeome L. Greene Performance Space, the Juventas New Music Ensemble’s “Juventas Jam” in Boston, the MATA Interval Series (New York City), Astral Artists Recital Series (Philadelphia), Audio Inversions (Austin), National Saxophone Alliance Conference (SC), International Viola Congress (OH), Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (Santa Cruz), Bang on a Can Summer Festival, Composers Conference at Wellesley College, f(x) Miami Music Marathon, New World Symphony s Musician s Forum Series, Syracuse Society for New Music, International Saxophone Congress (Thailand), Gallery 345 (Canada), UCF’s Collide Festival, and theperKumania Percussion Festival (Paris Conservatory). "Honest and energy-packed" (Austin American-Statesman), Sekhon`s works have received recognition from many organizations, such as ASCAP, CBDNA, MATA, Audio Inversions, Percussive Arts Society, Boehmler Foundation, and the Syracuse Society for New Music. As a curator and producer, Baljinder constantly supports new performances through the organization of various concerts and events. Recently named a curator for the MATA Interval Series 3.2 concert, Sekhon produced a full concert of new works for Saxophone Quartet and Electronics at the ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn, NY. A year earlier, Baljinder produced a concert at John Zorn s contemporary art space "The Stone" in New York City which included five of Sekhon`s works performed for a sold-out audience. In addition, he served as President of the OSSIA New Music Ensemble at the Eastman School and co-producer/sound designer for countless electronic music concerts sponsored by the Eastman Computer Music Center. To learn more about Sekhon`s works, please visit

Total Number of Percussionists Required :8 Percussionist(s)
Categories : Percussion Ensemble
Instrument / Discipline : Percussion Ensemble
Instrumentation : Almglocken / Bongos (Set of) / Brake Drum / Claves / Cow Bell / Crotales (Set of) / Glockenspiel / Kick Bass Drum (x2) / Sandpaper Blocks / Snare Drum / Steel Drum (Set of) / Triangle / Tubular Bells / Wood Block / Xylophone
Range of Instruments / Number of Drums : 1 x 5 Octave Marimba, 1 x 4 1/3 Octave Marimba, 2 X 3 1/2 Octave Vibraphone
Written for / Commissioned by : Eastman Percussion Ensemble - Michael Burritt, Director
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 Eastman Percussion Ensemble
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Publisher :Glass Tree Press
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Glass Tree Press (ASCAP) The official publishing company for sheet music by Baljinder Sekhon.

Year Composed / Copyright Date :2009 /  2009
Duration :9Minutes
No. of Mallets/Sticks Required :2, 4
Special Needs :Steel Drum (however, it is optional) and a few extended techniques that require the performer to approach the instruments with a quasi-gamelan technique; muting and muffling while playing.
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Programme Notes / Performance Details :

Colored Windows, Tempered Rooms explores multiple ways of interacting with specific abstract ideas and concrete elements. Scored for eight percussionists, each performer interacts with a metal, wood, and "skin" (containing a drum head). A spectrum of possible colors is explored as the percussionists implement a variety of conventional and unconventional techniques. Striking the instruments in a non-traditional fashion, the percussionists alter their technique to bring subtle changes of timbre and pitch to the fore. This is most evident when the keyboard instruments are used, as the performers will use their hands to alter the amount of resonance produced naturally by the instruments, creating a variety of nuanced sounds. The organization of these sounds follows one simple rhythm that is heard most clearly at the outset of the piece. This rhythm is then stretched over long periods of time and diminished into shorter phrases. There are always multiple versions (speeds) of this rhythm occurring at once, with the augmented versions serving as structural points or phrase proportions and the diminished versions serving as local material. The title of this piece comes from thoughts I was having about perception at the time of composition; I was specifically thinking about the diverse reactions individuals have to the same objects or ideas we encounter and share in the world. Depending on our dispositions and past experiences, we encounter our shared surroundings with varying degrees of difference. When a group of people exist in a shared space and one type of reaction prevails as the most common or evident then that room is often said to have an aura, as if the room suddenly came into "tune" with a particular mood or view. This is often experienced when two or more people become excited during a conversation and are thought to be on "the same page" or "wavelength." At the same time, due to a matter of taste or differing intuition, our views about something might contrast so strongly from one another that we question whether or not the same object or idea is being discussed. I imagined this interaction as if two (or many) people are viewing the same object from different rooms of the same building; each room has a different colored window through which the subject is viewed and what seems blue to one is red to another.... or, perhaps these colors are moods and what seems pleasant to one is evil to another. During this piece, the behavior of the percussionists is modeled after these two types of interaction. The performers all utilize the same groups of instruments. Their treatment of those instruments is at times similar or “in tune” with one another through timbre, rhythm or pitch space; at other times, they exhibit a variety of interactions simultaneously, creating a sentiment of diversity. In essence, this work is about unity, diversity, and community.

Percussion 1
Marimba (5 oct.), Bass Drum (kick dr. on side, played with mallets), Large Woodblock (mounted), Suspended Cymbal

Percussion 2
Marimba (2.3 oct.), 2 Toms (smaller than player 3), Triangle (mounted)

Percussion 3
Vibraphone, 2 Toms (larger than player 2), Log Drums (2 pitches), Small Cowbell (mounted)

Percussion 4
Vibraphone, Congas, Steel Drum (C lead pan) [steel drum is optional]

Percussion 5
Xylophone, Bongos, Almglocken (C3, C#3, Ab3), Splash Cymbal

Percussion 6
Glockenspiel, Kick Drum (w/ pedal), Claves

Percussion 7
Crotales (written C3-B4), Concert Bass Drum, Brake Drum, Sand Paper Blocks

Percussion 8
Tubular Chimes, Snare Drum, Temple Blocks (5)

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Posted By : jmillerva    Date Posted: 07 May 2011 12:01:32 PM
Beautiful, unique and original!! One of my favorites by the talented Baljinder Sekhon!! -Jessica Miller
Posted By : SekhonMusic    Date Posted: 29 April 2011 09:58:58 PM
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