Biography

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Joan Jordi Oliver (Campos, 1994) is a saxophonist, composer and improviser from Spain based in Zürich, Switzerland. From 2012 to 2016 he completes his Bachelor studies in classical music performance with Mariano García at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón (Zaragoza, Spain) and attends the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien (Vienna, Austria) as an Erasmus student during the school year 2014 – 2015, working there with Lars Mlekusch. After finishing his studies with honors in 2016, he starts his Master studies on Music Performance at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Zürich, Switzerland), where he is currently prolonging his instrumental formation with Lars Mlekusch and Lucas Niggli.

Joan Jordi Oliver has performed in several countries in Europe, the United States, Canada and Asia, including Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, asian major cities like Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shangai, Kyoto and Tokyo and american cities such as New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Waterville, as well as in Montreal in Canada. His performance experience includes recitals as soloist, improviser, chamber musician with many different formations and orchestral saxophonist, and has brought him to renowned international concert halls like Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg, Germany), KKL Luzern (Lucerne, Switzerland), Tonhalle (Zürich, Switzerland), Sala Mozart (Zaragoza, Spain), Fundación Juan March (Madrid, Spain), Issue Project Room (New York, US), SuperDeluxe (Tokyo, Japan) and many more.

He has been selected as the saxophonist of the prestigious Lucerne Festival Academy (2017), where he had the chance to work closely with Heinz Holliger, Matthias Pintscher and Marcus Weiss, and performed concerts in Switzerland and Germany. Also during the summer of 2017, he has been selected as fellow participant in the Future Music Lab program of the Atlantic Music Festival (Maine, United States), where he worked with the violinist and composer Mari Kimura and  the engineer and visual artist Liubo Borissov to develop a piece for saxophone and motion sensor. As a member of the Ever Present Orchestra, he has been touring the music of the american experimental composer Alvin Lucier in Europe, the United States and Asia. He has been selected as well as artist in residency at Estalagem da Ponta do Sol Residency for Contemporary Music and Electronics, a 10-days electronics-focused residency where he has had the chance to work with Patricia Alessandrini, Richard Craig, Sarah Westwood and his fellow colleagues. As an improviser, he has been assisting an improvisation workshop by Lucas Niggli in Mahidol University (Bangkok, Thailand). Future projects include his participation at the Toronto Creative Music Lab (Canada) and at the Electronics Lab of the Time of Music Festival (Viitasaari, Finnalnd), the presentation of a solo recital at the 18th World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia, and many more performances.

Unsatisfied with the traditional profile of the classical saxophonist and disposed advocate of the music of our time, he regularly collaborates with emerging and established composers and has developed projects together with artists from many different fields. He transcends the conventional practices of the classical instrumentalist, creating and performing his own compositions, improvising and incorporating transdisciplinar elements to music performance. His music is based on the rediscovery of the possibilities of the saxophone and explores the relationship in between the acoustic instrument and the use of live electronics. Since the last months, he has cultivated a growing interest in multimedia works, having created and performed some pieces for saxophone, live electronics and interactive video.