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Hi - I'm Jeff, bass clarinet soloist, pedagogue, and recording artist.

When I'm not exploding the boundaries of classical music with my groups Sqwonk, Splinter Reeds, or Nomad Session, you might find me building ultra-long bass clarinets out of PVC pipe. I unwind by reading 100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy books a year and dabbling in traditional archery. 

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ALBUMS

From solo multitrack to pop meets classical to contemporary chamber music to concertos, I love exploring the many possibilities of various combinations of sound.

“Certainly, nothing in the immensely demanding solo part of the Golijov daunted him. He cajoled, wept, insinuated, commanded, shrilled, prayed. An appalling spot near the end of the long first movement, when the bass clarinet shrieks at the inconceivable top of its register, found the audience almost frozen in terror.”

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PEDAGOGY

After 16 years of teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, I joined the faculty at Arizona State University in 2024. I love guiding students and helping them find their sound, style and unique path in the field of music.

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ABOUT JEFF

Jeff Anderle is a pioneer in the world of low reeds, working as a performer, commissioner, and advocate for innovative new music.

 

He is a member of the bass clarinet duo Sqwonk, which infuses aspects of classical, folk and popular music into its own distinct style; Splinter Reeds, a reed quintet dedicated to new innovative music; and the virtuosic heavy metal bass clarinet quartet Edmund Welles.  

 

He is also a clarinetist in the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and principal bass clarinet of the Monterey Symphony, and performs regularly with a wide range of music institutions from orchestras (San Francisco Symphony, Magik*Magik Orchestra) to diverse chamber music ensembles (Telegraph Quartet, Friction Quartet, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble). 

 

As a soloist, he has performed concertos with the SF Chamber Orchestra, One Found Sound, La Jolla Symphony, Minnesota Philharmonic, and the wind octet Nomad Session, and has been featured nationally at concert series and festivals (Kronos Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon, Omaha Under the Radar, ClarinetFest, Festival of New American Music). Through these various projects, he has commissioned or premiered over 200 works.


A passionate educator, Jeff is chair of the woodwind department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he teaches clarinet, bass clarinet, chamber music, technology, and professional development, and he has given masterclasses across the country on these topics. He holds a M.M. from SFCM and a B.A. from UCLA.

 

An advocate for contemporary music, he was a founding co-director of Switchboard Music, a presenting organization which featured hundreds of innovative musicians through its annual marathon and concert series during its 10 year history. Jeff is a Selmer Paris Performing Artist, performing on Presence clarinets and a Privilege bass clarinet.

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