Honoured with the City of Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award for Music for 2012, and the 2015 Canada Council Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award, John is a composer, producer and trumpet player based in Vancouver. He is the leader and principle composer of the 17-piece Hard Rubber Orchestra, a highly active jazz/new music ensemble that has toured to Europe and across Canada, released three CDs, and is the recipient of Canada’s largest arts prize, The Alcan Arts Award.
As a composer John performed on his own trumpet concerto, Come to the Dark Side, at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2010, commissioned and performed by The American Composers Orchestra. John has also been commissioned by The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The CBC Radio Orchestra, the Albany Symphony New Music Festival, Vancouver New Music, Turning Point Ensemble, The Standing Wave Ensemble, and several Dutch ensembles such as LOOS, Combustion Chamber, and De Ereprijs. He has been featured composer for l’Orchestre National de Jazz de Montréal (ONJM), New York’s Eco Music Big Band, Amsterdam’s Tetzepi Jazz Orchestra and the Victoria Jazz Orchestra.
His score for the documentary Heroines (2002) earned him Leo and Golden Sheaf Awards and a Gemini Nomination. His score for Prisoners of Age (2005 ) a Leo Award. John has also produced many large multi-media extravaganzas such as Enter/ Exit (2005) at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, The Ice Age: The World’s First New Music Ice Show (2000), at Kerrisdale Arena, and The Elvis Cantatas (1994, 1996), at St. Andrew’s Wesley Church. CBC Television recently produced a 60-minute version of the Elvis Cantata entitled Cantata for the King for their program, “Opening Night”. John graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1990, was a frequent participant at The Banff Centre between 1984 and 1994, and studied composition with Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatory of Music in the Netherlands from 1995 to 1997. In 2001, he was awarded the Canada Council’s Joseph S. Stauffer Prize for music, literature and visual arts. In 2003 John was the second Canadian to be awarded a fellowship to the prestigious Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy.
As a trumpet player, John’s wide range of experiences include everything from performing with international improvisors such as George Lewis, Anthony Braxton, Han Bennink, Barry Guy and Kenny Wheeler to punk legends DOA to The Vancouver Symphony. John has performed in the jazz festivals of Berlin, Havana, Chicago, Lisbon, Amsterdam, and Montreal. John also leads the very popular 20-piece salsa/ latin-jazz orchestra, Orquesta Goma Dura, which has released a live CD on CBC’s Mothercorp records and the 14-piece Drum & Light Orchestra. John teaches at Vancouver Community College and Capilano University.