"Next was a newly-commissioned piece by a young talent, composer Lucas Oickle, a Nova Scotian now living in Vancouver, whose Squeezed Through Wood began as an interpretation of his wife’s dream. Described in admiration by Mackie Jackson as a fully-orchestrated tone poem, it featured vibraphone and vocalizations from the musicians, and had an overall dreamlike quality which fully utilized the orchestral ensemble. Bet this will be added to Mackie Jackson’s extensive repertoire, and bet we should be eagerly looking forward to more music by Lucas."
Classic Concerts NS
They Cut Down The Mountains (2015/16)
"...[a] riveting response to our new Anthropomorphic Age..."
Sean Bickerton, BC Director of the Canadian Music Centre
(Centrepulse April 2016 Newsletter)
Tomorrow (2015) text by Desirée Jung
"Written for a soprano part with a challenging tessitura, Oickle’s music flawlessly embraced the Iberian flavor of the text, drawing on the harmonic syntax of the tango."
Katie Mackin, Vancouver Classical Music
"The Illuminating Experiments of Art Song Lab 2015" June 5th 2015
Acoustic Location (2014)
"West Side Story on mushrooms."
Paul Steenhuisen, composer, via Twitter (@PSteenHuisen)
Piece in March Form (2013)
"a beautiful contemporary Wind Ensemble work"
Cpt. Christian Richer, C.D.
"M. Lucas Oickle - young Canadian composer" July 19th 2015
"a vividly orchestrated series of blocks and chunks of sound"
Stephen Pedersen, The Chronicle Herald
"Nova Scotia youth ensemble offers balance" April 29th 2013