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Joan Jordi Oliver (Mallorca, 1994) is a saxophonist, composer and electronic musician from Spain based in Zurich, Switzerland. His multifaceted musical practice merges performance, composition, improvisation and electroacoustic elements into a very eclectic but individual musical expression. A permanent obsession with the rediscovery of the possibilities of his instrument, enhanced by the electronic medium, leads to sonic explorations that combine acoustic elements, synthesizer sounds and digital processes. His broad musical interests result in a work that rejects stylistic borders and craves its own identity at the intersection of ambient, minimalism, free improvisation, contemporary classical music and experimental electronica. 

An intense activity as a solo performer and with his ensembles and bands has brought him to many concert halls in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, the UK, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Finnland, Croatia, Israel, the United States, Canada, Uruguay, Argentina, Hong Kong, China, Thailand and Japan, from renowned concert halls for classical music like Elbphilarmonie in Hamburg or Victoria Hall in Geneva to legendary underground venues like ISSUE Project Room in New York or SuperDeluxe in Tokyo.

Involved in several collaborations devoted to new and experimental music, he performs actively as the saxophonist of the group y-band. He participated regularly as the saxophonist of the Ever Present Orchestra, devoted to the music of Alvin Lucier, and often makes guest appearances and collaborates with different ensembles in numerous projects in Switzerland and abroad. As a producer, he has released two albums of electronic ambient music, Enlaire (Total Silence, 2021) and Transit (EndTitles, 2022).

At the moment, he works internationally as a freelance musician, with an intensive agenda both as a performer and as a composer. He is also a teacher for electronic music at the Musikschule Konservatorium Zürich and at the Musikschule Weinfelden, a pedagogic adventure that benefits from his work as a researcher at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology of the Zurich University of the Arts. He is the curator and organizer of the monthly concert series Strom am Mittag, dedicated to experimental electronic music.

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