John Oliver, composer

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Oliver's "Just Inference" USA premiere, UC San Diego

Oliver’s quadraphonic electroacoustic work Just Inference was performed in the USA for the first time on concert #3 of the Negative Space series, curated by Eliot Patros, at UC San Diego’s Conrad Presbys Music Center Experimental Theater.
Just Inference was commissioned to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Group of the Electronic Music Studio (GEMS) Ensemble of Montréal – which Oliver co-founded with Claude Schryer and alcides lanza – and was first performed at the Clara Lichenstein Recital Hall on October 23, 2003. Tonight’s performance is the USA premiere.

The composer says about the work: “alcides lanza asked former members of the ensemble to create "remix" pieces based on his composition "interferences iii." I remixed two active passages, adding a pulse that reminded me of "Just a Pulse" a work by co-founder Claude Schryer. "Just Inference" is a tribute to the GEMS cofounders and to electracoustic music that gives the drama of the human voice a central role.”