Apodis is a piece for two clarinets that Dr. Lisa Perry and I commissioned from Jason Cress in 2015. This is a live performance we did at the University of Minnesota in August of that year. The program note explains the inspiration behind the work: "Apodis is the Latin genitive of Apus, a distant constellation in the southern sky, representing a bird of paradise. The musical material is unapologetically restricted in pitch class, and makes use of peripheral clarinet sounds as the primary means of development. The sounding pitch ‘E,’ which begins and ends the piece, is reminiscent of Messiaen’s treatment of the clarinet in Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time), III. Abîme des oiseaux (Abyss of Birds)." Funding for this project was provided by the Community Engagement Grant from the University of School of Music.