John Oliver composer
“a rip-roaring tour-de-force”
– Olivia Giovetti on Forging Utopia CD, WQXR “The New Canon”
“four powerful orchestral works”
– David Olds on Forging Utopia CD, The Wholenote
“Oliver at his considerable best”
– Ronald E. Grames on Unseen Rain, Fanfare
“I’m willing to bet that Oliver’s [Five-Ring] concerto, with or without the sports connection, is an Olympic legacy, not just an Olympic pièce d’occasion.”
Vancouver Sun Music Critic David Gordon Duke on hearing the dress rehearsal for Oliver’s new Five-ring Concerto. Full article.
"Both intellectually stimulating and a great deal of fun, Eagle Flies to Mountain deserves to become an intercultural standard."
The Georgia Straight. Read Full Review.
"a delicate yet often complex sense of beauty"
"Playful and stirring"
– Mack Hagood, The Far East Audio Review. Read Full Review.
"John Oliver's Icicle Blue Avalanche [is] one of the most viscerally dramatic discs I've heard in quite a while ... huge slabs of extremely solid music."
-George Zahora, Splendidezine.com Read Full Review.
"…an episode of Wild Kingdom interpreted by a klezmer band. Lots of fun."
"Guacamayo...a colorful, fascinating fantasia on Mayan legends."
The New Yorker
"Much food for thought, and for the ears."
The Globe and Mail
"…ingenious…superb…delightful… ...marvelous…" "extraordinary sounds…"
"…dramatic and emotional."
"a master of the guitar"
The Georgia Straight