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Wahsouli (which means "my arrival" in Arabic) is an example of one of my more recent fusions of jazz and Middle Eastern music described in the project description for my Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra. It begins with a slow unison theme and then switches to uptempo. The fast themes use a lot of unision playing but also ornamentations by other horns and both of these qualities are common in Middle Eastern influenced melodies. These themes however are placed on top of jazz harmonies which give the work its unique identity as a fusion of Middle Eastern and jazz music. This piece also features one of my bass clarinet solos which demonstrate my ability to improvise on the instrument at fast tempos which are rarely done on bass clarinet. This is reflective of my efforts to establish the bass clarinet as a legitimate lead horn in modern jazz deserving of equal consideration with more traditional jazz horns like the saxophone and trumpet. The piece also features an improvisation by one of my ensemble members, Eric Kennedy, on drums.