Punjar (1997)
Composer: Zack Settel
for soprano saxophone and live electronics

Punjar is a work for solo soprano saxophone and live electronics. The electronics are used to: (1) expand the timbral range of the instrument, (2) allow for the possibility of self accompaniment, providing additional "ensemble voices" in the musical structure, based on material played by the soloist. Almost al l of the electronically produced sounds are initiated and/or modified according to the material played by performer. Finally, an important underlying idea for this piece, "an ensemble controlled by one player", is inspired by John Cage's work in his Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (1946-48 ).