Learning to Love My Pancreas
an anti-concerto for bass clarinet and small ensemble
Conceived as an anti-concerto, i.e. where the soloist should not know how to play the instrument (but should be able to improv. with whatever sounds they get), Learning to love my Pancreas was the first of a series of four. In high school, I decided one day to learn to play the bass clarinet. I was not successful, but the sounds I did make stuck in my head and were the main impetus behind writing this piece.