Jeff Reilly is a bass clarinetist, composer, improviser & music producer.
Jeff Reilly is an undisputed master of the Bass Clarinet who has gone to the end to explore its sonic universe.”
– Halifax Chronicle Herald
Jeff Reilly plays bass clarinet with the precision of gesture and clarity of focus that blurs any simple distinctions between improvisation and composition, and does so with a musicality and sensitivity that reminds us that such distinctions are moot.
Jeff’s focus is to develop a wide range of collaborative projects that exploit the full range of possibilities of this unique and powerful instrument. Read more →
Nominated for a Juno Award in 2016 as well as the winner of the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Masterworks Award, RESPONSIO is Peter-Anthony Togni`s breathtakingly beautiful meditation on Guillaume de Machat’s medieval masterpiece the Messe de Nostre Dame. Featuring a bass clarinet (Jeff Reilly) that soars over the timeless sonorities of a world class vocal quartet, RESPONSIO is a deep reflection on over 1,000 years of spiritual music making.
This is a one night only event, a rare opportunity to experience this work with the original world class performers.
RESPONSIO was released internationally in September of 2015 on the Montreal based ATMA classique label. CDs will be available for purchase at the concert.
RESPONSIO will also be performed in April and May as follows:
Lots of wonderful things happening in this coming year, what follows are some of the highlights. Please get in touch at email@example.com for more info:
Jan 2016 9 I am conducting the Upstream Orchestra in performance at the 2016 Open Waters Festival in Halifax, NS. This will also feature a new composition of mine “The Engines of Time”. 10-17 Producing the sessions and post production with Symphony Nova Scotiaof their next CD project based on past and present orchestrations of a suite of Schubert’s songs.
May 2016 5 Performing RESPONSIO with members of Luminous voices in Calgary, Banff and Edmonton
Looking forward in 2016/17 to the performance and recording of Peter-Anthony Togni’s concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra with the Ottawa based 13 Strings ensemble conducted by Kevin Mallon and also to a solo performance at Wilfred Laurier University as part of their NUMUS concert series.
The long awaited release by the Halifax based trio Sanctuary is here. ESTUARY was released internationally on Friday, September 25th. The third CD from this truly unique trio of pipe organ, cello and bass clarinet reflects 17 years of refinement and development.
Ranging from the full, suspended sound of Peter-Anthony Togni’s “Nuer Prayer”, through the austere beauty of Jeff Reilly’s “Creatures of Infinite Grace” to the driving rhythms of Christoph Both’s “Sonora”, ESTUARY is a deep-listening dive into the musical minds of these three highly experienced musicians.
Recorded by Rod Sneddon, produced by Jeff Reilly and mastered by Britain’s renowned mastering engineer Simon Heyworth, ESTUARY presents a pristine sound with incredible depth and resonance.
For a free track download please go here. The trio will perform tracks from ESTUARY in 2 concerts, one in Halifax and the other in Wolfville, NS on October 6th and 7th:
Tuesday, October 6th at 7:30 pm
Fort Massey United Church
5303 Tobin St. Halifax, NS
Wednesday, October 7th at 7:30 pm
Wolfville Baptist Church
487 Main St. Wolfville, NS
Tickets are 15/10 at the door and also can be purchased on-line for a reduced rate here.
Here is a beautiful little promo video about Responsio, a new work for bass clarinet and vocal quartet by Peter-Anthony Togni. It’s based on the 14th century masterpiece the “Messe de Nostre Dame” by Guillaume de Machaut. This stunning piece will be released on the Montreal based label ATMA Classique on Sept. 11th, 2015 and toured nationally in April and May of 2016..
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