A new work for saxophone and digital sound file, “Gridlock,” by UAB Assistant Professor of Music William Price, D.M.A., will premiere at the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 11, 2012.
Commissioned by saxophonist John Perrine, who will perform the piece, “Gridlock” explores structural chance and improvisational choice as determinants of musical structure, Price says.
“Using multiple variants of a limited number of electroacoustic ‘events,’ the saxophonist — using a limited number of written choices – reacts and improvises to a pre-determined, yet ever-changing collage of musical styles and narratives,” Price says. Price teaches music theory and composition in the UAB Department of Music.
Perrine is director of the jazz ensemble and coordinator of jazz studies at Cleveland State University. He is a founding member of the Red Stick Saxophone Quartet and the Neo-Tessares Saxophone Quartet.