Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Phillip Greenlief
Woodwinds, Composer, Educator
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phillip greenlief (b. 1959, los angeles)

Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, Evander Music founder and saxophonist Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. He has performed and recorded with Wadada Leo Smith, Meredith Monk, Nels Cline, Rashaun Mitchell and They Might Be Giants; albums include THAT OVERT DESIRE OF OBJECT with Joelle Leandre, and ALL AT ONCE with FPR (Frank Gratkowski, Jon Raskin, Phillip Greenlief). Upcoming releases include a trio date with Fred Frith and Evelyn Davis (Clean Feed). Recent residencies have included Headlands Center for the Arts and from 2012 to 2014 he was the curator at Berkeley Arts, a home for progressive music. He is the recipient of a San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award. His critical writing has been published in ARTFORUM and Signal to Noise.

"The Bay Area's do-it-yourself ethos has produced a bevy of dazzlingly creative musicians, but few have put the philosophy to work as effectively as Phillip Greenlief." – Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle (



phillip greenlief (b. 1959, los angeles)

"Phillip Greenlief is a reedman versatile enough to achieve anything except peace in Palestine" - Greg Burke, LA WEEKLY

Since his emergence on the west coast in the late 1970s, Evander Music founder and saxophonist Phillip Greenlief has achieved international critical acclaim for his recordings and performances with musicians and composers in the post-jazz continuum as well as new music innovators and virtuosic improvisers. He has performed and recorded with Wadada Leo Smith, Meredith Monk, Nels Cline, Rashaun Mitchell and They Might Be Giants; albums include THAT OVERT DESIRE OF OBJECT with Joelle Leandre, and ALL AT ONCE with FPR (Frank Gratkowski, Jon Raskin, Phillip Greenlief). Upcoming releases include a trio date with Fred Frith and Evelyn Davis (Clean Feed). Recent residencies have included Headlands Center for the Arts and from 2012 to 2014 he was the curator at Berkeley Arts, a home for progressive music. He is the recipient of a San Francisco Bay Guardian Goldie Award. His critical writing has been published in ARTFORUM and Signal to Noise.

PG began playing guitar and trumpet in elementary school and explored various instruments before discovering the saxophone in the mid-1970's. His ever-evolving relationship with the instrument continues to unfold with an expansive sound vocabulary, extreme dynamic range, a deep regard for melody and form, and a rollicking humor and wit that echoes the Native American Coyote tales. As a free improviser, he has performed internationally and appears on over 40 recordings on numerous labels (Relative Pitch, Creative Sources, Eminem, 9 Winds, Edgetone Records, Evander Music, etc.). He has created over 400 compositions for a myriad of ensembles, including pieces for solo saxophone, jazz ensembles, chamber groups, electro-acoustic improvisers, film soundtracks, live theater, dance companies, works for large ensemble and orchestra with choir. He was composer in residence with Rough and Tumble from 1995 - 2005 and is currently director of music instruction at San Francisco Waldorf High School. As an organizer, he has produced concerts for local musicians and internationally touring artists under the auspices of Evander Music Presents since 1997.

In addition to solo performance, Greenlief is active in animals & giraffes, a collaboration with writer Claudia La Rocco and an ever-changing roster of improvising multi-media artists - in duo with guitar genius Fred Frith, bassist Joelle Leandre, electronic music wizard Thomas Dimuzio, and pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn; in trio with dancers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener. He also be heard in trios with electro-acoustic trio with John Bischoff and Karen Stackpole, New York-based unit with pianist Angelica Sanchez and drummer Sam Ospovat, in FPR with fellow saxophonists Frank Gratkowski and Jon Raskin; the 2 + 2 Project with Jon Raskin and an ever-revolving pair of like instruments; the rock/thrash/metal extravaganza PG13, with John Shiurba and Thomas Scandura; the large ensemble Orchestra Nostalgico, specializing in film music of Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, Bernard Herman and others; and OrcheSperry, a large ensemble dedicated to performing works by Greenlief and other local SF Bay Area composers. Greenlief is a mainstay in the bay area improvised music scene, working frequently with a host of local and international ad hoc ensembles. Along with bassist Dan Seamans and drummer Tom Hassett he is a member of The Lost Trio, now celebrating 24 years of redefining the term jazz standard.

Greenlief has performed internationally in a variety of settings since 1982. In addition to club dates and concert tours across North America and Europe, he has performed at the 1st Annual John Coltrane Festival in Los Angeles, Seattle Improvised Music Festival; Freiburg Zelt Muzik Festival in Germany; Big Sur Sound Shift; Olympia Experimental Music Festival; Du Maurier Jazz Festival; the WIM in Zurich; the Ulrichsburg Festival and the Konfrontation Festival in Nickelsdorf, Austria; the Isole Che Parlano Festival in Sardinia, the 2003 Biennale in Venice Italy; and the International Festival of Arts in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 1998 he lived in St. Petersburg (Russia) where in addition to playing solo he performed and recorded with several jazz groups, singer-songwriter Yelena Kolokolnikova, and the Russian folk ensemble Dubinushka.

Phillip Greenlief has performed or recorded with Bruce Ackley, Ashley Adams, Steve Adams, Susan Alcorn, Lee Alexander, Liz Allbee, Scott Amendola, Ara Anderson, Paolo Angeli, Jen Baker, Barnacled, Bonnie Barnett, Claire Elizabeth Barratt, Max Bennett, Will Bernard, Emily Bezar, Tom Bickley, Big Lou's Polka Casserole, John Bischoff, Joe Bjornson, Myles Boisen, David Boyce, Anthony Braxton Creative Music Orchestra, Kenny Brooks, Broun Fellinis, Chris Brown, Sheldon Brown, Kyle Bruckmann, Jerome Breyerton, Hermann Buhler, Dennis Burke, Gust Burns, bush assassin, Taylor Ho Bynum, Cactus Truck, JP Carter, Eugene Chadbourne, Bill Clarke, Alex Cline, Steve Clover, Nels Cline, Clubfoot Orchestra, George Coates Theater Works, Keller Coker, India Cooke, James Cornish, Keith Compton, George Cremaschi, Crushing Spiral Ensemble, Francesco Cusa, Beth Custer, Matt Davignon, Evelyn Davis, Richard Davis, Les DeMerle, Stuart Dempster, Robert Dick, Dieb13, Frank Difficult, Jorrit Dijkstra, Thomas Dimuzio, Tom Djll, Sasha Dobson, Smith Dobson III, Michel Doneda, Bill Douglass, Mark Dresser, Andrew Drury, Trevor Dunn, Tim DuRoche, Dominic DuVal, Harris Eisenstadt's Ahimsa Orchestra, Lisle Ellis, Michelle Ellsworth, Alessandra Eramo, Dina Emerson, Marco Eneidi's American Jungle Orchestra, Korhan Erel, Karl Evangelista, Katie Faulkner, James Fei, Ken Filiano, Karen Fox, Danny Frankel, Dirk Freymuth, Erik Friedlander, Fred Frith, Wolfgang Fuchs, Philip Gelb, Hannes Giger, Ben Goldberg, Vinny Golia, Lance Grabmiller, Georg Graeve, Frank Gratkowski, Michael Griener, Henry Grimes, Nora Hajos, Mary Halvorson, Paul Hartsaw, Tootie Heath, Ron Heglin, Mark Helias, Shoko Hikage, Tyrone Hill's Deep Space Posse (featuring Marshall Allen), Devin Ray Hoff, Motoko Honda, Nathan Hubbard, Carl Ludwig Hubsch, Charlie Hunter, Matt Ingalls, Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet, Aurora Josephson, Henry Kaiser, Achim Kaufmann, Elliot Humberto Kavee, Kaleidoscopic Sextet, David Kendall, Mike Khoury, Jmy James Kidd, Carla Kihlstedt, Kyoko Kitamura, Kasey Knudsen, Benjamin Kreith, Oliver Lake, Adam Lane, Claudia La Rocco, Gabriel Lauber, Joelle Leandre, Cheryl Leonard, Adam Levy, Steuart Liebig, Steve Lockwood Ensemble, The Lost Trio, Maya Magdas, Toshi Makihara, Tony Malaby, Michael Manring, Bob Marsh, Eddie Marshall, Andrea Martignoni, Miya Masaoka, Thollem McDonas, Dave McNab, Sean Meehan, Ava Mendoza, Lisa Mezzacappa, Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble, Roberto Miranda, Billy Mintz, Rashaun Mitchell, Ed Mock, Hafez Modirzadeh, Meredith Monk, Eddie Moore, Gregg Moore, Michael Moore, Tony Moreno, Joe Morris, Manuel Mota, Jesse Yusef Murphy, Simon Nabotov, Tatsuya Nakitani, Maggie Nichols, Per-Anders Nillson, Kanoko Nishi, Oakland Active Orchestra, Oakland Bandemonium, John O'Keefe, Pauline Oliveros' Sounding the Margins Orchestra, OrcheSperry, Orchestra Nostalgico, Matthew Ostrowski, Tom Osuna, William Parker, Andrea Parkins, Zeena Parkins, Dan Peck, Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert, Tim Perkis, Barre Phillips, Noah Phillips, Ricardo Pittau, Dan Plonsey, Alexander Popov, Garth Powell, Bhob Rainey, Tom Rainey, Sly Randolf, Jon Raskin, Dana Reason, Alec Redfearn & the Eyesores, Amy Reed, Ted Reichman, Silas Riener, Gino Robair, Donald Robinson, Ernesto Rodriguez, Jill Rodgers, Scott Rosenberg, Ken Rosser, David Rothbaum, Rough & Tumble, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Ray Russell, Angelica Sanchez, Richard Saunders, Ignaz Schick, Elizabeth Schenck, Sue Schlotte, Sara Schoenbeck, Amanda Schoofs, John Schott, Monica Scott, Jonathan Segal, sfSound Group, Aram Shelton, John Shiurba, Damon Short, shudder, Todd Sickafoose, Fausto Sirakowski, Waddada Leo Smith, Ches Smith, Damon Smith, Jimmy Smith, Glenn Spearman, Spirit, Karen Stackpole, Moe! Staiano, GE Stinson, Carl Stone, John Stowell, Joe Strummer, Tom Swafford, Agnes Szelag, Horace Tapscott, Natsuki Tamura, Tango #9, Chad Taylor, Carl Testa, Cecil Taylor, Sonship Theus, Eric Thielmans, They Might Be Giants, Iluyemi Thomas, Suzanne Thorpe, Lauren Tietz, Tiger Lillies, Astrid Thiersch, Tri-Axium West Orchestra (performing music of Anthony Braxton), Trio Putanesca, Bertram Turetsky, Michael Vatcher, Biggi Vinkeloe, Nadezhda Voskaboynik, Michael Vlatkovich, Andrew Voigt, Weasel Walter, Jane Wang, Trevor Ware, Christian Weber, Marty Wehner, Ellen Weller, Rich West, Tom White, Andreas Willers, Ben Willis, Wobbly, Erling Wold, Kenny Wollesen, Theresa Wong, Nate Wooley, Katrina Wreede, Jack Wright, "Senator" Eugene Wright, William Wynant, Ottomo Yoshihide, and Pamela Z.

Saxophonist Phillip Greenlief has long been one of the most aggressively active but subtle-of-profile musicians in the Bay Area's endlessly burgeoning jazz scene. His literate, deconstructionist playing has graced the music of everyone from Anthony Braxton to They Might Be Giants, and his own projects have ranged from theater and dance scores to solo saxophone tours of Russia. For the last few years Greenlief and his Evander Music label have been at the forefront of defining a new generation of jazz musicians, artists who have truly and fully absorbed the full breadth of the last few decades of experimental and popular genres and are using all of that knowledge to invent the future of the music".
-SAM MICKENS, Portland Messenger

"From standpoints of imagination, rhythm and technique (including circular breathing), Bay Arean Phillip Greenlief is one of the most astonishing saxists I've ever seen/heard." - Metal Jazz

"A galvanizing force on the Bay Area music scene for three decades, (Greenlief) has been a tireless organizer and grassroots networker with a knack for bringing musicians together in a constantly shifting array of settings, from solo recitals and one-off free improv sessions to ongoing concert series, international collaborations, and long-running ensembles that have honed singular sounds. A thoughtful and passionate improviser perfectly at home in unstructured musical settings, he's also a prolific composer." - East Bay Express

"...the under-rated West Coast Saxophonist" - Art Lange, Epulse!


Trio Putanesca: Who Ordered the Fish? – w/PG, tenor saxophone; Adam Levy, guitar & Dan Seamans, bass – Evander Music 001

collect my thoughts - duo w/drummer Scott Amendola - Nine Winds Records (NWCD 0185)

Phillip Greenlief Trevor Dunn - duo with bassist Trevor Dunn – Em 002

Ashley Adams Trio: Flowers for Mrs. Dalloway - w/Adams & Michel Dumonceau – Em 003

Trio Putanesca: Live at Yoshi’s - Em 005

Remembrance of Songs Past – Lost Trio, w/Dan Seamans, bass; Tom Hassett, drums - Em 006

Russian Notebooks – PG & Covered Pages – w/ Nels Cline, Vinny Golia, & GE Stinson – Em 007

American Jungle Orchestra – w/ Marco Eneidi, Leo Smith, B. Turetsky, etc. – Botticelli 1012/13

Live at Avalon & The Graves – w/Lost Trio, with special guest, Adam Levy - Em 014

stalking andrei - phillip greenlief solo - Em 024

The Lost Trio - Boxcar Samovar, w/ Phillip Greenlief, Dan Seamans & Tom Hassett - Em 016

Harris Eisenstadt - Ahimsa Orchestra - Nine Winds - NWCD 0237

Seared Circuit Incident - phillip greenlief solo - Em 033

That Overt Desire of Object - duo w/bassist Joelle Leandre - Relative Pitch Records

The Lost Trio - Mysterious Toboggan - Em 054

lines combined - phillip greenlief solo - Em 056

Scott Pinkmountain and the Golden Bolts of Tone - The Full Sun

Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet - Epigraph Records (LP)

FPR - All At Once - with saxophonists Frank Gratkowsi & Jon Raskin - Relative Pitch Records

Orchestra Nostalgico - Plays the Music of Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone, Bernard Hermann and more

The Lost Trio - KNOWMONK - Evander Music - (NPR's Top 10 jazz albums of 2015)

Jorrit Dijkstra - Music for Winds and Electronics - driff records

Henry Kaiser and Ray Russell - The Celestial Squid - Cuneiform Records

Invisible Astro Healing Rhythm Quartet 2 (LP) - Sparkling Beatnik Records

Phillip Greenlief, Ernesto Rodrigues, Tom Swafford - Siderejus Nuncius - Creative Sources (Portugal)

Phillip Greenlief solo @ the David Ireland House (LP) - 500 Capp Street Foundation (2016)

Grosse Abfahrt : Luftschifffeiertagserinnerungfotoalbum w/Frank Gratkowski, Kjell Nordeson Lisa Mezzacapa John Bischoff Tom Djll Gino Robair Tim Perkis Matt Ingals John Shiurba - Setola di Maiale SM 3220

Greenlief, Paul Hartsaw, Clifton Hyde, Damon Short - CHICAGO VECTORS - metastablesound release

animals and giraffes - JULY - Edgetone Records

animals and giraffes - LANDLOCKED BEACH (with jon leidecker) - creative sources (portugal)

PG13 (w/John Shiurba and Tom Scandura) - self titled - Edgetone Records


BELLINGHAM FOR DAVID IRELAND (commissioned by 500 Capp Street Foundation) PG, with aurora josephson, wobbly, karen stackpole, gabby fluke-mogul, kip kipperman, zachary james watkins, carl ludwig hubsch

BARBEDWIRE 1 (Greenlief's 37 graphic scores for trio) with kyle bruckmann, jane rigler, tim perkis, john bischoff, evelyn davis, gabby fluke-mogul, tim de cillis, mark clifford

EVELYN DAVIS - FRED FRITH - PHILLIP GREENLIEF TRIO on clean feed - december 2018 release


MAP SERIES WORKS - SOLO (2006 - 2016)
#1 Boulogne for Kristen Miltner (electronics)
#2 St. Denis for Shayna Dunkelman (percussion)
#3 Asnieres for Mary Halvorson (guitar)
#4 New York City I for Jon Raskin (saxophone)
#5 New York City II for Aurora Josephson (voice)
#6 Tokyo for Philip Gelb (shakuhachi)
#7 Florence for Liz Allbee (trumpet)
#8 Antarctica for Phillip Greenlief (clarinet)
#9 Maine for Bb Clarinet (for Claudia LaRocco)
#10 Maine (#2) for Bb Clarinet (for Richard La Rocco)
#11 The Fifty States for Tenor Saxophone
#12 YERBA BUENA for Tenor Saxophone (for those whose languages were stolen)
(commissioned by SOMAarts)

#1 Paris for 2 + 2 (dedicated to Margaret Greenlief)
#2 Tokyo for duo b (dedicated to Setsuko Hara)
#3 Roma for Citta di Vitti (dedicated to Monica Vitti)
#4 Florence for FPR Trio (dedicated to Dante Aligheri)
#5 Oakland for Any Ensemble (dedicated to Darren & Sarah @21 Grand)
#6 London for shudder (dedicated to Francis Bacon)
#7 Berlin for 2+2 (dedicated to Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
#8 San Francisco for ROVA Saxophone Quartet (dedicated to Lenny Bruce)
#9 South Central Soviet Union, China & Mongolia, Central & Southern Argentina, Eastern Brazil for Quartet - poetry by Claudia LaRocco (dedicated to Roberto Bolano)
#10 Muir Woods for 2+2 with poets (Claudia LaRocco and Elizabeth Robinson) dedicated to Agnes Varda
#11 THE STATES UNITED - for any instruments or performers (dedicated to William S. Burroughs)
#12 Bellingham for David Ireland - commissioned by 500 Capp Street Foundation (dedicated to Bill Berkson and Pauline Oliveros)

No Name (for Gyorgi Ligeti) for three musicians
'Twas - for any ensemble (for Ella Sevaried)
BARBEDWIRE - 37 graphic scores for three musicians
INDEX - for any instrument(s) or performer(s)
Triplicate - 3 time-based graphic scores for solo, duo or trio
BARBEDWIRE TOO - 18 graphic scores for two musicians
Waves (for any two instruments)

FOR JAZZ ENSEMBLE (1980 - 2018)
Wall Peeler
Those Golden Ornate Leaves
Entre Amis
Initiation Dance
26 MLG
Nancy's Crayolas
Lebanon for Lovers
The Ghosts of Politicians Slip Into Something More Comortable
Agon Takes A Holiday
Prayer for Atlanta
A Strange Hipnosis
Leaving the Farm
Tin Traps
She Don't Love
Verve (for Mike McHam)
Sun on Bijou
Charleston Awnings
Miles from Wichita
The Open Letter
Beckett, Black and Blue
With Frau Grubach
In Fraulein Burstner's Room
Tango for Joan Didion
Angles (for Lutoslawski)
A River in Your Shoes (for Joan Didion)
Beauty is a Rare Ticket That Exploded
(concerto for sextet in three movements)
Requiem for a Young Girl (for Adrienne Kelley)
(commissioned by Western Oregon University)
Cruddy (for Lynda Berry)
Teeter Totter
That Song About the Girl from the Ural Mountains
Zeemoy (for Yelena Kolokolnikova)
Twistin' with Susan
Happiness (for David Boyce)
Zombie Fresh
Five - for John Shiurba & Val Esway
You Are All the Things
Cowgirl - for Lucinda Williams
Eclipse - for Jean-Pierre Melville
Spiders - for David Cronenberg
Egalite - for Kathy Blackburn
Valley of the Dolls
Pancake Circus
Nineteen Seventy Seven
The Graceful Claud
Cabriole Second Avenue for Claudia La Rocco
Claudia on Grizzly Peak
Lester Leaps Out
Return Flight
The Taft Point Orogeny
It Isn't Your Birthday Yet
Silver Cloud for Sonny

Portrait of Esma Saeed
Portrait of Arliss Daniels
Portrait of Saushe Young
Portrait of Michael Williams
Portrait of Andrew Kelley
(commissioned by Oakland Cultural Arts Fund)

38 Works for Trio inspired by films of Michelangelo Antonioni, feat. Monica Vitti

FOR PG & COVERED PAGES (1998 - 2000)
Portrait of Anna Ahkmatova
34 Plechanova Ulitza, kb 7
Wherewithal (for Dmitri Shostakovich)
Cathedrals of Novgorod
Little Vacationing in Chechnaya
Folk Songs I - V

MUSIC FOR PG13 (2009 - 2018)
The Totally Unbelievable but Absolutely True Adventures of George Cleaver the Cat - 3 suites for electric trio (amplified alto saxophone, electric guitar, drums)


All Those Trees (1978)
Song for B (1978)
Varushka (1979)
Waul Peeler (1981)
Where's Harold? (1982)
Kathy's Lampshades (1983)
Painted Lightly (1992)
St Louis (1995) - dedicated to William S Burroughs
Letter to James Joyce (1996)
Cries or Whispers for Harriet Anderson (2002)
Stalking Andrei (2003)
Empty Room (2005)
The Fourth World (2006)
Whispers (2007)
Seven Graphic Scores (dedicated to Eva Hesse) (2007)
No Stolen Sisters (2015)
Swept and Liquid Along the Pale Roads (Concert Piece) for Thomas Pynchon (2016)
An Opening (for nicole)

Four Etudes (2009)
10/17/2011 (alt. version for clarinet)
Etude 15 (8/2013)
Etude 21 (12/2015)
Etude 22
Untitled Study for Clarinet #1 (2016)

SICILIAN GIRL ETUDES (etudes in harmonic minor)
#1 - G# minor
#2 - D minor
#3 - C minor
#4 - G minor
#4b - G minor (II)
#5 - F# minor
#6 - A minor
#7 - F minor
#8 - E minor
#9 - Bb minor

Landscape 1

61 Low-end exercises for saxophone (2012)
55 Palm-key exercises for saxophone (2016)

Garden (1978)
Stranglehold for John Cassavettes (2009)
Children in the Fields (2014)
Leap Frog for Gena Rowlands (2016)

Butterfly I (2009)
The Yashmeen Wiggle
Traverse the Webs
So Long, Cyprian

The Wake (1987)
Quartet I (1988)
Quartet II (1989)
The Empty Room for Angela Davis (for saxophone trio) (2005)
By the Nose (2007) dedicated to Thomas Pynchon

Silence (Charlie Haden)
Ida Lupino (Carla Bley)
Hungarian Dances (Bartok)
6 Fugues from Well Tempered Clavier, by JS Bach
Pannonica (Thelonious Monk)
That Song About the Girl from the Ural Mountains (PG)
Crepescule with Nellie (Thelonious Monk)

3 Sketches for Brothers K (1996)
Sarah's Call (2001)
Edna's Crossing (2001)
Studies I - V (2002)
Chromatic Study (2003)
High Wire Act (2006)
Butterfly (2009)

Music for Macbett, by Eugene Ionesco (1994) - with Rough and Tumble
Music for The Trial, by Franz Kafka (1995) - developed with Rough and Tumble
Music for Voltaire's Candide (2008) - with Rough and Tumble
Music for Ionesco's "Rhinoceros" (2008)
Music for "The History of Human Stupidity" (2010) - with Rough and Tumble

Music for "Dream with the Fishes", a film by Finn Taylor (1998) - Sony Pictures
Music for "Tango" (1999)
Music for "Experiment" a film by Mike Kuchar (for shudder) 2011

Music for Cries and Whispers for Harriet Anderson - duo with Katie Faulkner (2000)
sidelines - duo with Claire Elizabeth Barratt (2008)
Music for Michelle Ellsworth's CHOREOGRAPHY GENERATOR (2015)
Marfa Sounding (with Rashaun Mitchell and Silar Reiner) (2017) for Anna Halprin

The Signal Meditation (for Myles Boisen) (2005)
The Empty Room II (2005)
Compound I for Matthew Sperry (2005)
Compound II for Angela Davis (2006, revised 2009)
02091927 (for Margaret Greenlief) (2007)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Accordion (for Marjane Satrapi) (2008)
In Between (commissioned by Oakland School for the Arts) June 2008
Bellbottom (2009)
Fantasy for Percussion and Orchestra (2009)
Monument for Eva Hesse (Fantasy for Electronics and Orchestra) (2009)
M (for Margaret Greenlief) 2009
Lynched! (for David Lynch) 2009 (revised 2010)
Sonnets for Orpheus (setting of part 1, #3) for orchestra and choir (2010)
The Emily Project - setting of 9 poems by Emily Dickinson for Orchestra and Choir (2012)
Three Trains for Orchestra: I: the morning train II: the afternoon train III: the evening train (2015)

Concrete Blonde - video score for electro-acoustic sextet
(shudder plus aurora josephson - voice, tim perkis - electronics, john shiurba - guitar)

Love Songs to the Episodes of James Joyce's Ulysses (1989 - 1994) (for jazz ensemble)
Flowers for Mrs. Dalloway (1995) (for trio)
Music for The Wasteland (1996) (for piano, flute and Bb clarinet)
Music for Rilke's Duino Elegies (1997 - 1999) (for flute, clarinet and alto saxophone)

44 Violin Duos (Bela Bartok) - arr. for 2 Bb clarinets
(with Cory Wright) (2000 - 2007)
Pierrot Lunaire (Schoenberg) - for double trio (1996)
Hindemith: Oboe Sonata (arr. for soprano saxophone) (1987)
Handel: Oboe Sonata (arr. for soprano saxophone) (1987)
JS Bach: 6 Canons from The Art of Fugue
(for soprano saxophone and french horn) (1988)
Charles Ives: Second String Quartet (for saxophone quartet) (2003)

ARRANGEMENTS for Orchestra Nostalgico (film music)
Suite of themes from NIGHTS OF CABIRIA - a film by Federico Fellini, music by Nino Rota
Title Theme from JULIET OF THE SPIRITS - a film by Federico Fellini, music by Nino Rota
Suite of themes from INTERVISTA, music by Giovanni Fusco
Title Theme from PSYCHO, music by Bernard Hermann
Title Theme from L'AVVENTURA, by Michelangelo Antonioni, music by Giovanni Fusco
Title Theme from L'Eclisse, by Michelangelo Antonioni
Title Theme from LA STRADA, by Nino Rota

Loss version 1 for clarinet duo (2000)
Loss version 2 for wind trio of alphaville (2001)
Loss version 3 for FPR (2006)
Something Bad - for saxophone sextet (2006)
Cascando for Santyajit Rey - cello trio (2007)
8 Neo Baroque Duos (for any treble clef instruments) (2010)
Fanfare, Procession, Courante, Menuet 1 & 2, March, Sarabande, Gigue
gracefully - for solo piano (2011)
sixty seconds - 60 1-minute impromptus for any instrument (2012)

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Contact information:
Email: phillip (DOT) greenlief (AT) gmail (DOT) com
Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, July 23 2019 8:00 PM
Community Music Center [544 Capp Street SF]
18th Annual Outsound New Music Summit, The Bay Area's Creative Music Festival
Free Flowing, a night of original comprovisation
duo B Experimental Band
The 13-member ensemble from Lisa Mezzacappa & Jason Levis exploring the thrilling boundaries between composed and improvised musical worlds!
Social Stutter Quartet
Led by composer/altoist Beth Schenck, they blur the line between strictly written chamber music and soaring free jazz.
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Photo Albums (click to view photos):
CDs on which Phillip Greenlief appears:
phillip greenlief solo seared circuit incident
Artist: phillip greenlief solo
Title: seared circuit incident
Label: Evander Music Em 033
Label page on this site: Evander Music
Evander Music Em 033
Phillip Greenlief - Joelle Leandre Duo That Overt Desire of Object
Artist: Phillip Greenlief - Joelle Leandre Duo
Title: That Overt Desire of Object
Label: Evander Music Em 035
Label page on this site: Evander Music
Evander Music Em 035
Phillip Greenlief - Andreas Willers Duo The Tao of Electricity
Artist: Phillip Greenlief - Andreas Willers Duo
Title: The Tao of Electricity
Label: Evander Music Em 036
Label page on this site: Evander Music
Evander Music Em 036
phillip greenlief solo lines combined
Artist: phillip greenlief solo
Title: lines combined
Label: Evander Music Em 056
Label page on this site: Evander Music
Evander Music Em 056
Marco Eneidi American Jungle Orchestra
Artist: Marco Eneidi
Title: American Jungle Orchestra
Label: Botticelli 1012-13
Label page on this site: Botticelli
Botticelli 1012-13
Trio Putanesca Who Ordered the Fish?
Artist: Trio Putanesca
Title: Who Ordered the Fish?
Label: Evander Music EM 001
Label page on this site: Evander Music
Evander Music EM 001
Phillip Greenlief - Trevor Dunn Untitled
Artist: Phillip Greenlief - Trevor Dunn
Title: Untitled
Label: Evander Music Em 002
Label page on this site: Evander Music
Evander Music Em 002
Ashley Adams Trio Flowers for Mrs. Dalloway
Artist: Ashley Adams Trio
Title: Flowers for Mrs. Dalloway
Label: Evander Music Em 003
Label page on this site: Evander Music
Evander Music Em 003
Trio Putanesca Live at Yoshi's
Artist: Trio Putanesca
Title: Live at Yoshi's
Label: Evander Music Em 005
Label page on this site: Evander Music
Evander Music Em 005
Lost Trio Remembrance of Songs Past
Artist: Lost Trio
Title: Remembrance of Songs Past
Label: Evander Music Em 006
Label page on this site: Evander Music
Evander Music Em 006
Phillip Greenlief & Covered Pages Russian Notebooks, Volume 1
Artist: Phillip Greenlief & Covered Pages
Title: Russian Notebooks, Volume 1
Label: Evander Music Em 007
Label page on this site: Evander Music
Evander Music Em 007
Phillip Greenlief - Scott Amendola duo Collect My Thoughts
Artist: Phillip Greenlief - Scott Amendola duo
Title: Collect My Thoughts
Label: 9 Winds Records NWCD 0185
Label page on this site: 9 Winds Records
9 Winds Records NWCD 0185
Crushing Spiral Ensemble The Count of San Francisco
Artist: Crushing Spiral Ensemble
Title: The Count of San Francisco
Label: mattsmall 2
Label page on this site: mattsmall
mattsmall 2
Du-Bop Sound Live at Philharmonic Hall
Artist: Du-Bop Sound
Title: Live at Philharmonic Hall
Label: JFC Jazz
Label page on this site: JFC Jazz
JFC Jazz
The Lost Trio with special guest Adam Levy Live at Avalon & The Graves
Artist: The Lost Trio with special guest Adam Levy
Title: Live at Avalon & The Graves
Label: Evander Music Em 014
Label page on this site: Evander Music
Evander Music Em 014
phillip greenlief solo Stalking Andrei
Artist: phillip greenlief solo
Title: Stalking Andrei
Label: Evander Music Em 023
Label page on this site: Evander Music
Evander Music Em 023
Andrew Gilbert (07/18/2011)
The Humble Life of Phillip Greenlief
Phillip Greenlief (08/29/2004)
A Look Through the Keyhole at John Shiurba’s 5 X 5
Phillip Greenlief (07/04/2001)
sfSound Group @ ODC
Derk Richardson (11/08/2000)
Goldie Award article on Phillip Greenlief