John Oliver, composer

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Commissioned Work

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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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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World Premiere of Eternity Gaze for erhu and piano

On December 6, 2013 at 8 pm,
Recital Hall, School of Music
6360 Memorial Road, UBC campus
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Vancouver audiences will hear the world premiere of the revised version of Eternity Gaze. The second (slow) movement is revised and a fourth movement has been added, making this a major opus for the combination of erhu and piano. Read More...

Canadian Premiere of Oliver work "Meditation" for bowed piano

Boston-area pianist Barbara Lieurance will perform the Canadian premiere of John Oliver’s Meditation for Barbara for bowed piano as part of a recital of contemporary music for bowed piano on Wednesday October 9, 2013 at 12 noon at Roy Barnett Recital Hall at the University of British Columbia

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Nicole Ge Li / Corey Hamm Piano and Erhu project (PEP)

Erhu player Nicole Ge Li and pianist Corey Hamm have teamed up to commission a series of new works for erhu and piano. Go to Nicole’s web site to learn more. I am honoured to be among the composers she has commissioned. On November 24, Corey and Nicole invited me to perform with them (guitar) on their recital at the UBC Recital Hall where Vancouver audiences were treated to the first fruits of this collaboration, featuring World Premieres of three new works I wrote especially for this concert: a duo for piano and guitar, a duo for erhu and guitar, and a trio for erhu, guitar, and piano. Read More...