Having finished formal academic studies, Jan Jarvlepp returned to Ottawa from California and took a break from composition for several months. He immediately joined the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and the Nepean Symphony Orchestra and began playing gigs around town and teaching cello. After a chance encounter with carillonneur Gordon Slater during the summer of 1982, he began to write a piece for the carillon at Slater's invitation. The result was a simple melodic, tonal piece named Night Music, with which he said goodbye to modernism forever. This ended up being a pivotal turning point for the composer. Not only did he establish tonality in his post-academic music, but at Slater's suggestion he used the octatonic scale which suits the acoustics of carillon bells. Jarvlepp then took that harmonic/melodic concept to other instruments while creating his own neo-tonal postmodern style. He combined that experience with knowledge from Ernö Lendvai's book on Bartok's use of octatonic scales and tritonal poles to develop his own musical language, a process which continues to the present day.