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Cantata is an original composition of mine that shows some of my classical roots with a main themed fugue that features my bass clarinet along with clarinetist Don Byron. The composition's second movement shifts to a jazz waltz and the clarinet and bass clarinet solos use this as the harmonic structure for improvisations before returning to the fugue theme to end the composition. The presence of Don Byron on clarinet is meaningful to me as he is one of the few jazz musicians over recent decades to apply the clarinet in a modern jazz context. His playing has served as an inspiration to me when I was starting in jazz and looking for examples that clarinet could be effectively used and helped pave the way for my own efforts to carve out a role for the bass clarinet as an intense modern jazz capable of soloing over chord structures to generate intensity and momentum equal to more traditional jazz horns like the saxophone and trumpet.