A featured soloist on ECM records and Warner Classics, Jeff Reilly has an international reputation as an innovative master of the bass clarinet. He has performed with choirs, orchestras and chamber groups, in music festivals, cathedrals and concert halls around the world – Shanghai, Paris, London, New York, St Petersburg, Moscow, Riga, Toronto, Montreal and more.

Jeff has performed in solo roles with the Elmer Iseler Singers, Symphony Nova Scotia, I Musici de Montreal, The Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra in Ottawa, The Calgary based Luminous Voices, jazz drummer Jerry Granelli, British bassist/composer Barry Guy, the Paul Cram orchestra, the Upstream orchestra, saxophonist David Mott, the Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan Orchestra, mezzo soprano Andrea Ludwig, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and in various other groups across Canada, the United States and in the U.K.  His trio Sanctuary  and duo Blackwood have received international praise for their transcendental performances of an entirely unique form of contemporary music.

Jeff Reilly is also the resident conductor of the Halifax based Upstream Orchestra and performs in the Halifax based ensembles subText, Suddenly Listen, and Musikon.

His most recent release “To Dream of Silence”  which explores the transformative power of recurring dreams, involves the resources of over 30 musicians and was three years in the making.

He has recorded with Warner Classics and his first CD with ECM records as a soloist with the Elmer Iseler singers was released internationally in the spring of 2010. Two other major projects, an independent release with the trio SANCTUARY, and an international release of a new work for 4 voices and solo bass clarinet called RESPONSIO, were released in 2015.

As a CBC producer he has produced over 6,000 hours of radio programming, including 4 multi-episode documentaries on issues in contemporary music for the program IDEAS, he has also produced over 300 concert recordings of classical, jazz, world and contemporary music, over 70 studio sessions and 20 CD’s of Canadian Jazz and Classical music, including releases on CBC records, Tafelmusik Media (Messiah, 2012) Warner Classics UK, Centrediscs and NAXOS.

Jeff Reilly currently heads up the performance department of the CBC in Halifax, developing a wide range of projects for multi-platform use.


“Jeff Reilly is an undisputed master of the Bass Clarinet who
has gone to the end to explore its sonic universe.”

– Halifax Chronicle Herald

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