John Oliver, composer

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"Our City Square" arranged for guitar trio

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Oliver has arranged his “Our City Square” for guitar trio. Originally written for the various plucked instruments of his Big World Band, Oliver realized after the first performance that the rather modernist approach to rhythm was more appropriately set for an all-guitar ensemble. Read More...

CD Launch - PEP Project - featuring ETERNITY GAZE

PEP Modulus Festival CD Release Concert - Erhu and piano virtuosos Nicole Ge Li and Corey Hamm of PEP (Piano and Erhu Project) present a concert of World Premieres at the Roundhouse, Vancouver as part of Music on Main's Modulus Festival.

Oliver's ETERNITY GAZE is featured on the CD with Oliver performing on electric guitar.

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"Little Music Box" receives first performance, a work from 1981!

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My minimalist period from 1981-83 produced several works, the most famous of which is …like the sea at sunrise…. So imagine my surprise when the UBC Contemporary Players programmed my Little Music Box for their upcoming concerts this Friday Nov. 21 at 2:00pm at the Belkin Gallery


World Premiere, commissioned work, Little Giant Chinese Orchestra, Taipei, November 18

On November 18, the Little Giant Chamber Orchestra (Taiwan) will present the world premiere of the work they commissioned from John Oliver, Scenes from an Intercultural Marriage. The major work for traditional Chinese orchestra consists of four movements. The performance will take place at the National Concert Hall in downtown Taipei. The composer will be in attendance.

The program will also feature the world premiere of Oliver’s Monkey Running, a work that began as a workshop piece for the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble. This invigorating collage features a cowboy waltz, a sea shanty, some tango and flamenco, and other surprises, mixed in with the main theme. Oliver is guest guitarist.

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Paolo Bortolussi performs "Birds of Paradise Lost"

a work for flute and computer

Wednesday October 15 at noon.
Free Concert.
John Oliver at the computer

Kwantlen College School of Music,
20901 Langley Bypass
Langley B.C.
Map here.

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