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John Oliver, composer, guitarist

John Oliver, composer, guitarist

Classical / Experimental / Minimal Vancouver, BC, CA  CA
Crossing Byzantium from "Gypsy Chronicles"
Forging Utopia for orchestra (excerpt)
Give Us Peace (excerpt)
Chase the Money for alto sax and strings (excerpt)


  • 2013

    Mar 30

    New Westminster, BC, CA | 8:00pm

    Big World Band makes New World Music that mirrors Vancouver in the 21st century, with roots in China, India, the Middle East and Europe. The Big World Band paints multicoloured the music of French composer Erik Satie, reveals the Byzantine hallucinations of BC composer Scott Godin, along with solos by sitarist Mohamed Assani, Iranian oud player Hossein Behroozinia and Chinese ruan player Zhimin Yu, and the cultural mixologies of Vancouver composers Farshid Samandari and John Oliver.

  • 2012

    Mar 9

    Vancouver, BC, CA | 8:00pm

    Featuring Vancouver's top musicians specializing in the music of China, India, the Middle East and moorish Europe, the Big World Band mixes culture into a New World Music that is a mirror of Vancouver in the 21st century. Treat yourself to the sounds of the world remixed into new combinations. The Go Softly Project is the first in a series of musical exploration by the ensemble. Go Softly features the plucked strings of the Silk Road, with new and old music written and arranged by Vancouver composers John Oliver and Farshid Samandari. Hear the sounds of Spain transported to China, and Iran transformed into a new mixed culture, and many other treats. Forget the News of the World! Come hear the sounds of the world, here at home in Vancouver. Big World Band musicians: Hossein Behroozinia, barbat Guilian Lui, pipa Mohamed Assani, sitar & table Zhimin Yu, zhongruan John Oliver, classical guitar Navid Goldrick, santoor, saz, oud Farshid Samandari, bass guitar Hamin Honari, drums

  • 2011

    Jun 5

    Vancouver, BC, CA | 7:00pm

    - A Multicultural Myraid of Strings - This concert will feature plucked stringed instruments from around the world, showcasing the Chinese pipa, ruan, Indian sitar, western guitar, Vietnamese dan bau and Japanese shamisen Oliver plays his own pieces "A Dream of Africa," "Avoid the Cliff," and some solo guitar music. Box Office | 604 662-3207

  • 2011

    May 14

    Montreal, QC, CA | 8:00pm

    Chants Libres présente, en collaboration avec les équipes originales, des différentes créations, avec le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne dirigé par Lorraine Vaillancourt. Features excerpts from Oliver's opera "Alternate Visions", a bilingual opera

  • 2011

    Mar 26

    Vancouver, BC, CA | 7:30pm

    John Oliver performs computer part with Paolo Bortolusso, flute: Vancouver premiere of "Birds of Paradise Lost" at SONIC BOOM festival.


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  • Oliver in concert
  • Double Entendre (earsay CD) featuring "Dust"
  • Icicle Blue Avalanche (earsay CD)


Sounds Like: John Adams (Composer), Steve Reich, Charles Ives, Aaron Copeland, Igor Stravinsky

Label: earsay

Bio: Welcome! I write music to intensify the experience of our common humanity. I am classically-trained and write music that might be called "contemporary classical," although sometimes "post-minimal" or "post-modern/post avant-garde" might be a better way to describe it. My music typically deals wit...See Full Bio

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