JOHN OLIVER

composer

Oliver is among Canada's leading composers

of music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, opera, and electroacoustic media. Oliver’s music embraces a range of possibilities, resonating the past, and forging new associations that reflect our time and place.

Upcoming Events

New Music!

  • World Enigma 2 for solo cello (or viola) – commissioned by Richard Carswell

  • Flight 182 Meditations with Renée Saklikar, poet. A work for poet and computer processing

  • Shaking the Core for string quartet – commissioned by the Langley Community Music School

  • Scenes from an Intercultural Marriage for traditional Chinese Orchestra – commissioned by the Little Giant Chinese Orchestra

  • World Enigma 1 for erhu and piano for the PEP Project. – commissioned by Nicole Ge Li and Corey Hamm

  • Braque's Beach and Picasso's Reach for solo 4-octave classical guitar – commissioned by Neil Douglas

  • Travels Without My Parrot for clarinet, shaker, guitar, and string quintet.

Work-in-progress

  • Happy to announce that I'm working with Vancouver sitarist Mohamed Assani on a collaborative project for sitar and orchestra!

  • Cool Cut for saxophone & chamber ensemble – commissioned by Julia Nolan

  • Cool Redux Obscurus for computer musician

  • light ripple light for any instrument(s) with computer.

Latest News

  • The Piano-Erhu Project (Corey Hamm and Nicole Li) will give a second performance of my WORLD ENIGMA 1 at UBC Roy Barnet Recital Hall Feb. 5, 7:30 pm. See their Facebook Page for details.

  • Julia Nolan and John thank all our 50 supporters who helped fund the commission of John's new work for alto saxophone and chamber ensemble at our Indiegogo campaign. Please note that although the official campaign is over, you can still contribute until the day of the concert, April 29th 2016, and help pay John's fee.

  • I had a blast providing sound and composition for this wonderful film called The Rehearsal that will be part of artist/singer Carol Sawyer's art show at Carleton University, opening January 18.

    More information

  • New youtube videos republished on my videos page of performances of two of my compositions by the Little Giant Chinese Orchestra conducted by Chih-Sheng Chen in Taipei last November 2014. The LGCO commissioned Scenes from an Intercultural Marriage and also performed my extended Monkey Running – with me as guest guitarist – a work originally commissioned by the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble.

  • “one of the most promising orchestral composers of today." - Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

  • “…wonderfully creative music…” - Lynn Bayley, Fanfare

  • John Oliver’s music is alive, vibrant, and exciting. His artistry and craft in composition challenges and delights the performers. - Saxophonist Julia Nolan

  • "A tour de force of orchestral writing, this work is a delightful listening experience." - Elaine Keillor, CAML Review on Forging Utopia

  • "I hope you ask John Oliver to write more trio work for you. His cycle was stunning!" - William Aide, pianist, on recent recording of Eternity Gaze for erhu, piano, and guitar by PEP. (See Recordings)

Recent Recordings

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    Flight 182 Meditations
    with poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar

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    Orchestral Works
    Title track awarded "Classical Composition of the Year" at the 2013 Western Canadian Music Awards

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    Featuring "Birds of Paradise Lost"

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    Featuring Eagle Flies to Mountain
    “deserves to become an intercultural standard”
    -Georgia Straight

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    PEP (Piano-Erhu Project) first recording. Oliver performs as guitarist on his trio composition Eternity Gaze. “…stunning” - Pianist William Aide

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Oliver is among Canada's leading composers

of music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, opera, and electroacoustic media. Oliver’s music embraces a range of possibilities, resonating the past, and forging new associations that reflect our time and place.

  • “…wonderfully creative music…” - Lynn Bayley, Fanfare

  • “one of the most promising orchestral composers of today." - Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

  • John Oliver’s music is alive, vibrant, and exciting. His artistry and craft in composition challenges and delights the performers. - Saxophonist Julia Nolan

  • "I hope you ask John Oliver to write more trio work for you. His cycle was stunning!" - William Aide, pianist, on recent recording of Eternity Gaze for erhu, piano, and guitar by PEP. (See Recordings)

  • "a delicate yet often complex sense of beauty" - Musicworks

Recent Recordings

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    Flight 182 Meditations
    with poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar

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    Orchestral Works
    Title track awarded "Classical Composition of the Year" at the 2013 Western Canadian Music Awards

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    Featuring "Birds of Paradise Lost"

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    Featuring Eagle Flies to Mountain
    “deserves to become an intercultural standard”
    -Georgia Straight

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    PEP (Piano-Erhu Project) first recording. Oliver performs as guitarist on his trio composition Eternity Gaze. “…stunning” - Pianist William Aide

Upcoming Events

New Music!

  • World Enigma 2 for solo cello (or viola) – commissioned by Richard Carswell

  • Flight 182 Meditations with Renée Saklikar, poet. A work for poet and computer processing

  • Shaking the Core for string quartet – commissioned by the Langley Community Music School

  • Scenes from an Intercultural Marriage for traditional Chinese Orchestra – commissioned by the Little Giant Chinese Orchestra

  • World Enigma 1 for erhu and piano for the PEP Project. – commissioned by Nicole Ge Li and Corey Hamm

  • Braque's Beach and Picasso's Reach for solo 4-octave classical guitar – commissioned by Neil Douglas

  • Travels Without My Parrot for clarinet, shaker, guitar, and string quintet.

Work-in-progress

  • Happy to announce that I'm working with Vancouver sitarist Mohamed Assani on a collaborative project for sitar and orchestra!

  • Cool Cut for saxophone & chamber ensemble – commissioned by Julia Nolan

  • Cool Redux Obscurus for computer musician

  • light ripple light for any instrument(s) with computer.

Latest News

  • The Piano-Erhu Project (Corey Hamm and Nicole Li) will give a second performance of my WORLD ENIGMA 1 at UBC Roy Barnet Recital Hall Feb. 5, 7:30 pm. See their Facebook Page for details.

  • Julia Nolan and John thank all our 50 supporters who helped fund the commission of John's new work for alto saxophone and chamber ensemble at our Indiegogo campaign. Please note that although the official campaign is over, you can still contribute until the day of the concert, April 29th 2016, and help pay John's fee.

  • I had a blast providing sound and composition for this wonderful film called The Rehearsal that will be part of artist/singer Carol Sawyer's art show at Carleton University, opening January 18.

    More information

  • New youtube videos republished on my videos page of performances of two of my compositions by the Little Giant Chinese Orchestra conducted by Chih-Sheng Chen in Taipei last November 2014. The LGCO commissioned Scenes from an Intercultural Marriage and also performed my extended Monkey Running – with me as guest guitarist – a work originally commissioned by the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble.

Join me…

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