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 →

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Lots of wonderful things happening in this coming year, what follows are some of the highlights. Please get in touch at for more info:

July, August 2015
Spent these two months writing and preparing audio for my solo CD project “To Dream Of Silence”
to be released in March or 2016.
15-30  Also – Editing and mixing with engineer Rod Sneddon the session Canadian Chamber Choir  back in May. Working closely with conductor Julia Davids on this one.

Sep 2015
11 Release of “Responsio on the ATMA Classique Label. Responsio is a 60 minute work for bass clarinet and vocal quartet based on Guillaume de Machut’s 14th century masterpiece the “Messe de Nostre Dame”
25 Release of “Estuary” with the Sanctuary Trio.  Estuary is the 3rd CD from this well established trio. It features our original music for bass clarinet, pipe organ and cello.

 Oct 2015
6th & 7th Concert performances of Estuary with the Sanctuary Trio in Halifax and Wolfville.
15 Concert performance and CD release with the Camerata singers at the brand new Halifax public library. I appeared as a soloist on this recent CD “A time for All Seasons”
29 Writing and performing for Improvisers – first session of 5 for Dalhousie University music student exploring performance and composition issues for improvisers.
30 Performance with the Halifax based Upstream music ensemble.

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 Scotia of their next CD project based on past and present orchestrations of a suite of Schubert’s songs.

Apr 2016
20 Performing RESPONSIO at the Montreal Mussee des Arts

 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.


Posted in Responsio news, Upcoming Performances on Sep 15, 2014

The Sanctuary Trio performs music from ESTUARY

On October 6th and 7th, 2015   Tickets can be purchased here

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.

Sanctuary CD cover ony

Posted in Uncategorized, Upcoming Performances on Sep 22, 2015

Responsio: 1,000 years of music

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..

Posted in Responsio news, Uncategorized on Mar 05, 2015


Togni & Reilly MG_2842BW cropped copy

Blackwood is the new duo of Peter-Anthony Togni on both piano and pipe organ and Jeff Reilly, bass clarinet. Together these two musical soul-searchers have toured the world with the trio Sanctuary, released concertos for bass clarinet and choir on the German Label ECM Records, as well as creating string orchestra concertos and full length works for solo bass clarinet and vocal quartet. In Blackwood, the two of them explore the full range of their musical experience, from modality to modernism, in a sound that that is beautiful, mysterious and totally engaging.   For more videos and info on Blackwood go here.

Posted in Uncategorized on Jan 17, 2015


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