Robert W Oliver Resume
| At the insistence of his parents, Robert began studying piano when he was eight. By the time he was sixteen he had acquired an electric piano, a synthesizer, and a TEAC 4-track recorder. Robert spent his after school hours experimenting with multitrack recording and loving every minute of it.
Robert's first album, Time, Space, and Gasoline, was released online in April, 2008, and was met with wide international acclaim, notably in Europe and Japan. The songs “Sao Paulo” and “Cold December Rain” quickly charted in the Smooth Jazz Top 10 category on Soundclick.com, with “Cold December Rain” claiming the number one spot for 3 weeks.
Robert will follow this album with Songs of Innocence/Songs of Experience, a collection of instrumental works inspired by the verses of pre-Romantic English poet William Blake. It is due to be released soon. Not one to be idle, Robert is currently at work on Beowulf, his latest concept album.
Robert currently plays in On the Cool Side, an Atlanta-based jazz quartet. He accompanied Patti Holiday at the W. C. Handy Jazz Festival in Florence, AL in the summer of 2009, where the duo opened for Eric Essix. Robert has also been very active in the music programs of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Florence, AL and St. Francis of Assisi in Cartersville.
Robert is also available for weddings, session work, and substitutions. For more information, please contact him.
In all of his spare time, Robert teaches English Literature to middle school students. He enjoys reading, listening to a wide variety of music, and playing vintage musical instruments. His political slant is moderately extreme righto-leftism. Robert likes Monty Python, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Clint Eastwood westerns, German chocolate cake, and dogs.
Robert is a member of ASCAP and AFM Local 148-462.
Updated: April 10, 2010
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