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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Coming up in 2014, 2015…..

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

Sep 2014
7 Concert with Musikon presenters, and premiere of Monica Pearse’s In the Forest, Glow with Simon Docking piano and D’Arcy Grey Percussion Halifax, NS

Oct 2014

26 performer and conductor with the Halifax based Upstream ensemble and guest artist pianist Paul Plimley Halifax, NS

Nov 2014
12 First session: at Trinity United in Amherst, NS. The first session in the production of my new CD of works for string orchestra, percussion and solo bass clarinet. Very excited about this one and there will be much more on this to follow!
CD release and concert of the Sanctuary Trio’s 4th CD “Silencio”

Dec 2014

1-31 Sanctuary tour of Nova Scotia in a series called “Concert of 100 Candles, contemplative music for Christmas”

Jan 2015

9-10 Extensive concerts with the Upstream ensemble in the “Open Waters Festival” in Halifax Halifax, NS

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

Jun 2015
25 Second 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

Some great CBC videos I produced with Tom Allen for CBC music

Over the past year I have had the chance to produce two videos with CBC Radio 2′s Tom Allen. Have a look at these two projects. The first is a look at the origins of the Star Trek theme, and its surprising origins in musical history:


The second, this one here, which is trending really well out there, shows us the history of the song of death…. yes, death has a theme song. Check it out:

We’ll be producing more of these in the months to come for CBC music. I’ll keep posting them here.

Posted in Uncategorized on Sep 11, 2014

Great visit to the Sound Symposium 2014

The Sound Symposium is one of Canada’s best kept secrets. Over a week of exploratory, innovative, experimental and truly audacious music performed by musicians with reputations ranging from the extremely local to the completely international. You can brush with fame and real discovery in the same concert, I love it.  Steven Naylor and I had a great experience at this year’s symposium playing as a duo.   One of the nicest things anyone has said about anything I have done was said by Michelle Bush in a blog review of this set, she said:  “I am a bit at a loss for words with this one. It was just beautiful, perfect and such a great contrast to the slapstick nature of the improv musical (that proceeded us). These two know how to listen, to bring about the quiet moments, the slow, the smallest sounds, to make an audience listen to and get so wrapped up in these without even thinking about it.”

You can read the complete review here.

Jeff Reilly and Steven Naylor at the 2014 St. John’s Sound Symposium

Posted in Uncategorized on Sep 11, 2014


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