“The virtuoso clarinetist Jeff Reilly extends his cadenzas across the history of sound, from monotony to modernism, in a performance that is dominant and often hypnotic”
-- Norman Lebrecht
Jeff Reilly leads a multifaceted life as a bass clarinetist, composer, conductor, a CBC radio music producer, and as a radio documentary maker.
A recording artist for the prestigious German label ECM, as well the Montreal based ATMA classique, he has performed with choirs, orchestras and chamber groups, in music festivals, cathedrals and concert halls around the world – in Shanghai, Paris, London, New York, St Petersburg, Moscow, Riga, Sochi, Toronto, Montreal and more.
The pure emotional accessibility of his rich, lyrical performance style reminds us that extended techniques and avant-guard sonorities can be executed within the service of musicality and sensitivity.
Receiving 4 Juno nominations, an ECMA award as well as 4 ECMA nominations, he has commissioned many large-scale works, including from Eriks Esenvalds, Christos Hatzis, David Mott, Peter-Anthony Togni, and Barry Guy.
Jeff Reilly lives in Halifax with his wife and twin daughters, and is the CBC senior producer of music production for the Atlantic Region.
Dr. Christoph Both, M.Ed. (Music Education, Physics, Frankfurt/Germany); M.Mus. (Artists Diploma Violoncello – Musikhochschule Frankfurt/M; Ph.D. (Musicology – University of Victoria BC). Director, Acadia University Music Technology program.
Recipient of external SSHRC research grants (Music&Media), Canada Council travel/recording grants.
National touring with the UpStream Ensemble, Jerry Granelli Band. International touring throughout Canada, the US, Germany, Poland, France, Switzerland, Russia, China with SANCTUARY (SanctuaryTrio.com).
Recorded for CBC Radio, music for film (Arctic Defender, The Trudeau Files), Warner Classics UK, Haenssler Classic Germany.
Lead researcher, US patented software (musicpath.acadiau.ca), a smart phone based online music instrument teaching and performance tool. MusicPath was invited to CEBIT, Hannover Germany on invitation of Canadian International Trade.
Presentations/lectures in Europe, Australia and the US. Ethno-musicological research collection of East African music (missionmusicafrica.com).
Dr. Both has taught a wide variety of courses, including: violoncello, chamber music, string methods/pedagogy, music appreciation, and directing the music technology program.
Founder of several community/public school string programs in Nova Scotia. Dr. Both is currently Full Professor at Acadia University, coordinating Strings and Chamber Music and directing the Acadia University Orchestra.
Peter-Anthony’s music is spiritually rooted and contemplative, ranging from the ethereally quiet to the explosive outer limits of contemplation. One of Canada’s busiest contemporary composers, Juno nominated Togni has toured internationally and his music is regularly broadcast worldwide.
Togni’s works have been released on XXI Records, CBC Records, Hänssler Classics, Warner Classics UK and ECM. He is also a well-known Canadian broadcaster.
Recent recordings include Lamentatio Jeremiah Prophetae, (bass clarinettist Jeff Reilly and the Elmer Iseler Singers – 2010), Spatium (Togni Trio – 2012), and Piano Alone (solo piano – 2013).
Responsio (premiered 2013) won the 2014 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award. Warrior Songs, for percussionist Jerry Granelli and choir, premiered in Boulder Colorado (2014), with its Canadian premiere in Toronto (2015).
Peter-Anthony played at the 53rd Magadino International Organ Festival (Switzerland – 2015), co-founded by the late Victor Togni. Isis and Osiris, a new Canadian opera, will be part of Opera in Concert’s 2016 season.
Originally from Pembroke, Ontario, he currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he teaches at Acadia and Dalhousie Universities.