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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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, 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

Responsio wins NS Masterworks award

RESPONSIO by Peter-Anthony Togni wins the $25,000.00 2014 Masterwork Award.

Congratulations to Peter for this incredible acknowledgement of what is truly an extensive and beautiful masterwork combining the ancient and the new. Responsio is a  contemporary response to Guillaume de Machaut’s Messe de Nostre Dame and it features:

Jeff Reilly – bass clarinet
Suzie Leblanc – soprano
Andrea Ludwig – mezzo soprano
Charles Daniels – tenor
John Potter – tenor

Responsio will be released in the fall of 2015.

For more info, and to watch and listen to Responsio go here. 

Posted in Responsio news, Uncategorized on Nov 21, 2014

Coming up…..

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

Dec 2014
I’ll be spending December editing my string orchestra project, the upcoming release of the new Sanctuary Trio CD, the demo of a new duo project with Peter Togni called Blackwood, as well as working on the post production for a CD I am producing for the Xara Choral Theatre CD entitled “The Secret Lantern” to be released in the new year. Merry Christmas!!!

Jan 2015
9-10 Extensive concerts with the Upstream ensemble in the “Open Waters Festival” in Halifax Halifax, NS
11     A very special performance of Peter-Anthony Togni’s  RESPONSIO with Luminous Voices in Calgary.  If you are in the Calgary area in early January, please come and see this one!
15-30  Editing and mixing with engineer Rod Sneddon the session I produced with engineer John Adams with the Xara Choral Theatre back in November. Look out for a February release for this one, it’s going to be great! I’ll be looking forward to working closely with conductor Christina Murray on this one.

Feb 2015
CD release and concert of the Sanctuary Trio’s 4th CD “Silencio”

Mar 2015
World premiere performance of a newly commissioned work by the Lativan composer Eriks Esenvalds with the Halifax based Camerata Singers

May 2015
16-18   Producing the sessions in Waterloo, Ont.  for the upcoming CD release of the new Canadian Chamber Choir  CD.  Working with the great recording engineer Rod Sneddon.

Jun 2015
25 Second string orchestra session: Recording of a complete CD of new works for Bass Clarinet and String Orchestra featuring commissioned works by Christos Hatzis, Barry Guy, Peter-Anthony Togni and Jeff Reilly. To be released in 2016.


Posted in Upcoming Performances on Sep 15, 2014


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