John Oliver, composer

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Oliver part of 5 Vancouver-Shanghai composer exchange

John Oliver is off to Shanghai to hear a performance of his Purple Lotus Bud for Chinese zither (guzheng) and string quartet as part of a cultural exchange between Vancouver and the Shanghai Conservatory. The Performance will take place at 7:30 pm on November 30 at the He Luting Concert Hall, Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

Shanghai Press release English

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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Oliver "Eagle Flies to Mountain" now available on CD

Oliver appears as guest conductor for his composition Eagle Flies to Mountain on the recent release by the BC Chinese Music Association of their 10th Anniversary Celebration CD titled Bamboo Shoots in Spring.



Children of Air India and conducting the BC Chinese Music Ensemble

John Oliver has been busy pursuing two quite different creative interests this past week. “I am creating a new poetic soundscape with BC poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar – a setting of the “Elegy” from her book length poem, Children of Air India (Nightwood Editions, 2013) about the bombing of Air India Flight 182 – and we’ll perform the work this Saturday night as part of the City of New Westminster’s NewWest LitFest. And Sunday night, I will conduct the BC Chinese Music Ensemble – my intercultural piece Eagle Flies to Mountain – at the Rothstein Theatre in Vancouver, a CD launch event.” --- Read More...

John Oliver Composer-in-Residence at Vancouver's SONIC BOOM new music festival

Join me, with special guests Chenoa Anderson, flute, and Jocelyn Morlock, composer, for an evening of stimulating discussion.

7:30 pm
Date: 2014 March 26
Location: Pyatt Hall, 843 Seymour Street, Vancouver

For details, visit the
Vancouver Pro Musica web site or

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...