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Oliver Schroer


Biography (Courtesy of the Artist’s site, 2005).

Oliver Schroer – composer, fiddler, producer - is a unique fiddler composer who lives at the cutting edge.

His musical explorations have taken him far beyond his traditional Canadian roots into the realms of jazz, Scandinavian, Balkan, and Asian music. But he has gone much farther. He has melded those elements into a unique and recognizable style of his own: lyrical, fractal, a continuously twisting thread.

If it was possible to hear DNA, it might sound like the violin-fiddling of Oliver Schroer. Spare, complex, naïve, intense, his music is a beauty both strange and vast – a headlong romp through a world rich in humour, heart, and unexpected resonance. His fiddle sings to us about everywhere fiddles have ever been - from concert halls to campfires, festivals to Finland, Constantinople to kitchen parties. Once his music has been heard, it's impossible to mistake it for anyone else's.

For the past fifteen years, Oliver Schroer has been prominent on the Canadian acoustic music scene as a solo performer, bandleader (Stewed Tomatoes), producer and supporting player par excellence. Schroer has performed across North America and Europe with a wide variety of top acts in venues ranging from intimate clubs to New York’s Lincoln Center. He has been a featured guest on virtually every leading Canadian national radio show, and has been the subject of numerous special broadcasts.

Oliver Schroer's playing appears on over 100 albums of new traditional, acoustic, and popular music. He has recorded with American songwriting legends Jimmy Webb and Barry Mann, Canadian singers James Keelaghan, Loreena McKennitt and Sylvia Tyson, acoustic guitar mavens Jesse Cook and Don Ross, Newfoundland rockers Great Big Sea, members of Quebec powerhouse La Bottine Souriante, Finnish accordionist Maria Kalaneimi, and World percussionists Trichy Sankaran and Bob Becker, to name but a few.

Flexibility is Schroer’s hallmark. Along the path, he has performed with such diverse acts as Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir, Marc Jordan, Jorane, George Fox, Stephen Fearing, Hoven Droven, Greg Brown, Glen Velez, The Be Good Tanyas, Wyrd Sisters, Valdy, Teresa Doyle, Eileen McGann, and CBC's Stewart McLean/Vinyl Cafe Orchestra.

Schroer has composed over 1,000 pieces and has recorded seven CDs of his own compositions. Oliver has also produced eleven albums for the Solitudes label, two of which have gone Gold. Of the roughly thirty albums Oliver has produced, eight have been nominated for a Juno Award (Canadian equivalent of a Grammy).

Oliver Schroer is currently working on five new albums of his music, soundtrack work, and various teaching projects.

Some of the artists Oliver has played or recorded with thus far:

Jerry Alfred Bob Becker Ian Bell David Bradstreet Kevin Breit Greg Brown October Browne Rebecca Campbell Jesse Cook Colin Cripps Kate Crossan Carlos del Junco Teresa Doyle Stephen Fearing George Fox Don Freed Lenny Gallant Filippo Gambetta Bill Garrett Michele George Eve Goldberg Great Big Sea Michael Grey Jack Grunsky MarieLynn Hammond Harbord Trio Melanie Harrold Holmes Hooke Jorane Maria Kalaneimi Connie Kaldor James Keelaghan Enoch Kent Kiva Andrea Koziol Jeff Lang Daniel Lapp Grit Laskin Jani Lauzon Anne Lederman Jenny Lester Linda Tillery & CHC Anne Lindsay Liu Fang Lo'Jo Oscar Lopez Donal Lunny Laurel MacDonald Natalie MacMaster Mad Pudding Barry Mann Michael Manring Harry Manx Loreena McKennitt Stuart McLean (Vinyl Café) Paul Mills Modabo Ray Montford Norouet Ojnab Rob Piltch Quartette Radio Nomad Rare Air Steve Riley Garnet Rogers Don Ross Sabir Sisters Trichy Sankaran Karen Savoca Eddie Schwartz Tracy Schywarz Sandy Scofield Sharon, Lois & Bram Amy Sky Cedric Smith Stewed Tomatoes Andy Stochansky Swamperella Kurt Swinghammer Taxi Chain The Afronubians The Arrogant Worms The Be Good Tanyas The Bill Hilly Band The Skydiggers The Wyrd Sisters Thomas Handy Trio Brent Titcomb Art Turner Sylvia Tyson Valdy Glen Velez Charlene Wallace Sneezy Waters Bobby Watt Jimmy Webb Katherine Wheatley Ken Whitely A. Frank Willis

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