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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Concert Calendar

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

March 2017
11 Performing with Peter Togni and Stealth Duo 
at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont. as part of their NUMUS concert series.

June 2017
9 Performing with the young musicians of the Halifax Schools Symphony Orchestra doing a brand new concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra by the brilliant Peter-Anthony Togni. So great to be around young people falling in love with music again!  More info here.
16 Performing with the 13 Strings Chamber Orchestra in their concert Illuminations. I am playing two concertos: Extreme Unction by Christos Hatzis and Illuminations by Peter-Anthony Togni. Of special note is that Extreme Unction will be recorded for release on my upcoming CD “To Dream of Silence” in the fall of 2017.

August 2017
Performing with Blackwood (Peter Togni and I) as part of the Music Mondays concert series at Holy Trinity church in Toronto

September 2017
15 CD release!
Look for more info here as we roll out the release of my solo project To Dream of Silence 
Performing with Blackwood (Peter Togni and I) and the great Andrew Sneddon at Fort Massey church in Halifax
30 Sanctuary is back! The Sanctuary Trio performs in Annapolis Royal at the Kings Theatre at 7:30!

October 2017
22-24 Blackwood (Peter Togni and I) head in to the studio (Trinity St Stephen’s church in Amherst) with the great Rod Sneddon to record our first duo record. Look for a release in early 2018.

December 2017
15-23 Blackwood (Peter Togni and I) tour Nova Scotia with our very special Christmas concert program. Stops in Halifax, Truro, Lunenburg and more. Keep an eye out here for more details.

Jan 2018
9 I am conducting the Upstream Orchestra in performance at the 2018 Open Waters Festival in Halifax, NS. This will feature a new 7 movement composition of mine “To Dream of Silence”.

Looking forward in 2018  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, plus a feature performance of the Lamentations of Jeremiah with the Calgary based professional choir Luminous Voices as part of the Easter 2018 Holy Week.




Posted in Upcoming Performances on Sep 15, 2014

Blackwood plays Miles Davis’ Blue in Green

One of my favourite piece performed with my favourite musical partner.

Posted in Uncategorized, Upcoming Performances on May 25, 2017

Responsio in Halifax on April 18th

RESPONSIO by Peter-Anthony Togni
Monday, April 18th 2016
A special one night only performance with the original performers.

Tickets available HERE from Ticket Halifax   or call 902 422 6278

Fort Massey United Church
5303 Tobin St
Halifax, NS B3H 1S3


Jeff Reilly, Bass Clarinet
Suzie LeBlanc – soprano
Andrea Ludwig – mezzo soprano
Charles Daniels – tenor
John Potter – tenor

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:

Montreal on April 20th please go here.
Calgary on May 7th with Luminous Voices

Posted in Responsio news, Uncategorized, Upcoming Performances on Mar 21, 2016

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


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