John Oliver, composer

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Oliver new work with Cassius Khan October 4, Massey Theatre

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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.

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Oliver premiere: Gamelan Alligator Joy, June 20, Western Front

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Oliver’s “Balonmix”, inspired by 6 bars of Balinese Gamelan music and originally written for a mix of non-gamelan instruments of the world (workshopped by the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra a few years ago) comes to Vancouver’s own Javanese gamelan Alligator Joy. The full press release is included below. Read More...

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...

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...

Composer John Oliver wins Classical Composition of the Year at Western Canadian Music Awards

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John Oliver won the “Classical Composition of the Year” Award at the Western Canadian Music Awards this past Sunday night (October 6) for his orchestral composition Forging Utopia, (CD available here). Read More...