Jeff Reilly


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, 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 (with organist Peter Togni, and cellist Christoph Both) has received international praise for its 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.

Recent performances of his compositions include “Meditations on Innocence” with the Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan Orchestra, “Chiaroscuro” for Symphony Nova Scotia, and “Internal Combustion” with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and Mark Duggan, soloist.

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. His next two 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, are scheduled for release 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.


To Dream of Silence

Release date: September 22, 2017

The album chronicles a series of significant dreams experienced by Jeff Reilly between 2008 and 2012, some were harrowing and intense, others astoundingly beautiful, all were deeply transformative. Jeff Reilly has over 30 years of experience as a musician, producer, composer and as an internationally respected bass clarinet soloist. It seemed time to gather up all that experience and bring these dreams to life through music and narration.
To Dream of Silence occupies a unique sound world. Jeff Reilly’s bass clarinet combines with the pipe organ of long-time collaborator Peter-Anthony Togni, the extended percussion of Jerry Granelli, two full string orchestras, and sound sculptures created in the tiny village of East Dover, Nova Scotia by the blacksmith John Little. Rinde Eckert adds a great deal with his sparse and powerful narrations.

Jeff Reilly - To Dream of Silence