About

PROFILE OF JIM OLIVER

Emmy Award-winning musician, creative collaborator, charismatic performer and presenter.

Current Activities

Owner, Oliver Music, LLC: Record label, recording studio, music production facility specializing in Transformational Healing Music and soundtracks for film, television, and video.

Provided live music at the United Nations for Braco and performed at the NYC and Albuquerque Braco Gazing events.

Distributor of numerous recordings of original music that showcases the versatility of Jim Oliver including: The Light of Integration, The Miracle You Are, The Soul Series Music, Music Meditations and Inner Journeys Series, InTouch, Radiant Heart, Harmonic Resonance, Music For Relaxation, Stillness In Motion, Love Dance, Sleepy Angels, and Healing Harmonies. Jim Oliver’s music is also featured on more than 400 recordings by other artists and organizations

Television and Video

Emmy Award winner for the soundtrack of Life in the Stress Lane. Produced by WFTV-ABC, a one-hour program featuring William Shatner and ABC news medical editor Dr. Timothy Johnson.

Soundtrack for Mother O’Keefe – a sixty minute film chronicling the life and art of Georgia O’Keefe.  Selected for showing at the 2005 Santa Fe Film Festival and the 2005 Silver City Film Festival where it won an honorable mention.

Between Diet and Death – Sixty minute television show special that explored the dangers of eating disorders produced by WFTV-ABC, original soundtrack by Jim Oliver.

NM Music Industry Coalition “MIC” Award winner – Stillness in Motion recording.

ADDY Award winner – music soundtrack for ALIVE AGAIN: America’s Oldest Film Location,
Las Vegas, New Mexico!

Dragonquest  Fifty minute video about sacred sites of ancient England, original soundtrack by Jim Oliver.

Ships of the Sky  Sixty-minute television show about airships past and present, produced by WFTV-ABC, original soundtrack by Jim Oliver. Jim’s music was nominated for an Emmy Award.

Inductee into The Television Hall of Fame – NYC for his soundtrack to Life in the Stress Lane.

The Crystal Star – Video.  Thirty minutes of visual meditation composed with exquisite crystals, laser colors, prismatic slow motion waterfalls, and lighting effects.

San Nicolas Island – A thirty minute video featuring master aquatic videographer Don Gilbert’s exquisite underwater footage with Jim Oliver’s beautiful soundtrack.

Family Baggage – Musical Score for Live Theater and Video Play about dysfunctional families.  Jim scored the music for the live performances, played music live at theater performances in a number of locations around the US and wrote and performed the score for the two hour long video.

Live Performance/Original Compositions

Composer-in- Residence – The Sundance Institute, Sundance, UT.  Jim was a composer and studio engineer in this project with Robert Redford, 32 ballet dancers from Ballet West and 6 choreographers.

Original music for Meditations of Oneness with Rasha, author of Oneness

Live music for Braco Gazing Sessions, Albuquerque, NM.

Brugh Joy Seminars – Music for Psycles of Spirit conference at Asilomar Retreat Center – CA.

John Bradshaw Seminars – John Bradshaw is known for Bradshaw on: The Family and The Homecoming.  Musical performer at numerous seminars.

Music is the Medicine of the Soul – Seminars with Tony Rippo, MD.  Presenter and performer.

Synphonics – Demonstrations and Lectures – Developed a process that uses specific frequencies and sound waveforms in conjunction with rhythms to support physical, mental and spiritual aspects of healing.

Divine Unity Seminars – Featured performer at 2 week long seminars in Spiazzi and Terminillo, Italy; Waikaloa, Hawaii; San Diego; Santa Fe; Denver; Sarasota; Missoula and Whitefish, Montana; Sugarloaf, Maine; and the Kripalu Yoga Center, Lennox, Massachusetts.

American Massage Therapy Association – National conventions in Chicago, Philadelphia, Nashville, Park City, Albuquerque, and Palm Springs.  Jim was a featured performer and presenter and many of the AMTA conventions.

American Music Therapy Association – National conventions in Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Palm Springs.

Seminar on Sound and Healing – New Mexico Academy of Massage and Advanced Healing Arts, Santa Fe, NM.

International Sound Colloquium – Seminar presenter and featured concert performance.

School of Energy Mastery – With Robert Jaffe, M.D.  Sedona, AZ and Santa Fe, NM musical performances at these 2 and 3 week long seminars.

Peaceful Spirit Tribal Substance Abuse Center Ignacio, CO.  Presenter and performer.

O’Baby Child Development Convention Sponsored by Rose Hospital, Denver, CO.  Presenter and performer.

Anatriptic (touch therapy) Arts Expo San Francisco, CA.   Presenter and performer.

California Massage Therapy Association  National convention, Irvine, CA.   Presenter and performer.

American Oriental Bodywork and Therapy Association, Scottsdale, AZ.

Society and the Future of Computing  Sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory, held in Durango, CO.  Presenter and performer.

Music Direction and Teaching

Music Director – Wilson Learning Corp, Interactive Technology Group, Santa Fe, NM.  Production, composition and performance of soundtracks for interactive video laser disc products.  Created method of blending elements of whole-brain learning, hemisphere synchronization and Holophonics (recording with Hugo Zucarelli) into a cohesive soundtrack to enhance the project and maximize retention of learned information.

Music Director – Church of Religious Science, Santa Fe, NM.

Organist/Choir Director – United Methodist Church, Kensington, CT.
Conducted adult, teen, and youth choirs and played organ and piano for all church services.

Music teacher – St. Mary’s School and private instruction, Newington, CT. Music appreciation, choir, music theory piano, popular and classical organ.

Assistant Organist/Choir Director  –  St. Mary’s Church, Newington, CT.

Director, Folk Mass Group twenty-five member guitar and singing group.  Church and television performances.

Studio Work

Composer/Pianist – Commercial jingles for Robb Walsh Advertising, pianist for nationally touring recording artist, Gypsy.

Producer/Recording Engineer – more than 300 projects.

Touring

Multi-Keyboards/Arranger  – The Rick and Joey Show, Las Vegas, NV.  Tour of the United States and Canada.  Performances at The Las Vegas Hilton, Harrah’s – Lake Tahoe, NV  (42 U.S. states and Canada in total).

The Jim Oliver Trio.  Nightclub tour of the Northeast U.S.

Connecticut Area nightclub and dinner theater performances beginning in 1966 at age 14.

Other Recordings and Activities

Principal Synthesist – The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra  Synthesizer for a performance of film music conducted by Fred Steiner (Perry Mason Theme, Bonanza, Rocky and Bullwinkle).  Guest performance by David Grusin.

NM Music Industry Coalition Award – Stillness in Motion

Stillness in Motion – Balance/Harmony. Sixty minute tape for Walden Books and B. Dalton (Art of Relaxation Series).

Music for Relaxation – Reflection/Shawntana’s Peace. Sixty minute tape for Walden Books and B. Dalton (Art of Relaxation Series).

Education
1971 – 1973        Hartt College of Music, University of Hartford, W. Hartford, CT
Two Majors: Applied Organ Performance in Liturgical/Classical Organ, and  Music Education in Orchestration.
1970 – 1971        Julius Hartt School of Music, West Hartford, CT – organ, piano, music theory
1968 – 1970        Hartford Conservatory of Music, Hartford, CT – organ study
1965 – 1968        Popular and classical organ
1957 – 1970        Piano study

Memberships and Affiliations

Former Board Member, Warehouse 21, Santa Fe Teen Arts and Music Center. Served on board for 7 years

Also
Jim’s state-of-the-art studio includes: wall-to-wall keyboards, synthesizers, digital samplers, soft synths, vintage keyboards, Hammond B3 organ with Leslie 122 speaker, “unlimited” tracks of digital audio and MIDI recording, digital audio editing, automated mixing, SMPTE time code, CD and DVD/A surround mixing and mastering, and CD & DVD authoring and burning.

A pilot since 1976, Jim flies the Cessna 182 RG and has training in; Pitts Aerobatic Special, twin engine Cessna 421, and twin engine prop-jet Cessna 425 Conquest. He achieved the status of mission pilot with the Civil Air Patrol, flying search and rescue and disaster relief missions and working with cadets.