Mark Oliveiro (b. 1983), a Sydney native and Doctoral graduate from the University of North Texas, is an emerging composer with a broad technical practice, and diverse extra-musical interests. Whilst notions of narrative, programme and theatre, have always been a stoic component of his music, Oliveiro offers an exploration of the quintessence of ritual inherent in all human expression.
Combining fixations involving humanity's distant-past with the technologies of the-now, Oliveiro's work is riddled with themes from myth and legend, and with the tools that reflect the human-condition today. This artistic amalgam has been described as: 'epic', ‘ritualistic' and “bristling with (…) primitive energy.” This diverse aesthetic range features “ingenious electronics” and “bleeding-edge experimentalism.” At present, Oliveiro has an interest in exploring, by way of conceptual abstract and musical aesthetic, the notion of reconstructing lost or imagined performance traditions. Dance and movement, theatrics and technology, language and social media, are just some of the non-musical solutions most apt for the ever expanding, contemporary composer tool belt.
Oliveiro's musical and academic interests, including: serialism, interactive computer systems, intermedia and theatricality are the responsibility of revered mentors Michael Smetanin, John Gibson, Andrew May and Joseph Klein.
With a balanced interest between the acoustic and electronic mediums, Oliveiro's music has been represented at national and international conferences and festivals hosted by: the North American Saxophone Alliance, the World Saxophone Congress, the International Horn Society, the Australasian Computer Music Association, the Aurora Festival, the Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States, Electronic Music Midwest, the British Trombone Society and many more.
Oliveiro is now a graduate and distinguished alumnus of the Sydney Conservatorium, the Jacob's School of Music at Indiana University, and the College of Music at the University of North Texas. His music has been commissioned by a number of international bodies including: the International Horn Society and the Meir Rimon Commissioning fund, the Settimane Musicali di Stresa e del Lago Maggiore, Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States, the Art Music Fund by APRA AMCOS, as well as numerous professional individuals.
Oliveiro is Managing Director and Senior Partner at the O-vation Group, and is an active Disc Jockey and curator of Artistic Events/Programs.