The Ever Present Orchestra is dedicated to the presentation of the exceptional work of the American composer Alvin Lucier. The orchestra attempts to make Lucier’s beating-pattern-focused instrumental music approachable to a wide audience with its uncommon instrumentation of 4 electric guitars, 3 saxophones, 4 violins, and a piano. Along with classical musicians, the presence of prominent Lucier interpreters such as experimental guitarist Oren Ambarchi and Stephen O’Malley from Sunn O))), allows for the ensemble to appeal to a wider audience than the conventional contemporary music scene. The Orchestra was founded by Bernhard Rietbrock after the 85th Birthday Festival of Alvin Lucier at the Zurich University of the Arts, as a part of the Swiss National Research Council project Reflexive Experimental Aesthetics after Alvin Lucier (Reflexive Experimentalästhetik nach Alvin Lucier).
With the Ever Present Orchestra, Joan Jordi Oliver has had the opportunity to tour Lucier’s music around Europe (Zürich, Berlin, Paris, Cologne, Chur, London, Luxembourg), the United States (New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Knoxville), Canada (Montreal) and Asia (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kyoto, Tokyo).