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OLIVER SCHROER:CAMINO (2006, Big Dog)

Recorded on location in churches in France and Spain, Camino is the musical and photographic record of Oliver’s thousand km walk along the Camino de Santiago. Haunting solo violin and a sumptuous 28 page booklet with lots of great photos and text

A MILLION STARS (2004, Big Dog)

A treasure chest of original musical gems – some solo, some rich and orchestral, all of them shining with the heart, humour and freshness that are the hallmark of Oliver’s work.

RESTLESS URBAN PRIMITIVE (2001, Big Dog)

This very personal album is a musical travelogue of an extended trip – a bit Swedish, a bit Turkish, music about stories, and stories about music. Solo violin with special guests.

O2 (Double CD, 1999, Big Dog)

With this transcendental and evocative album of solo unaccompanied violin, Oliver launched a whole new idiom - a soulful intersection of Bach partitas, swampy bayou blues and traditional Norwegian fiddling.

CELTICA (1998, Avalon)

A fun grab-bag of original compositions – a charming mix of snappy, lyrical, traditional and world/pop influenced music. (Warning: the only thing Celtic about this album is its name!)

STEWED TOMATOES (1996, Big Dog)

This action packed world music adventure from Oliver’s big band runs the gamut from new chamber folk to wild Balkan madness. Lots of percussion, lots of horns - a rich musical feast.

JIGZUP (1993, Big Dog)

Oliver's first CD of original tunes draws heavily from more Celtic/traditional aspects of inspiration. Unusual & spirited arrangements that push the envelope but deeply respect tradition.

WHIRLED (1994, Big Dog)

This wild sister album of JIGZUP is an ambitious and far-reaching journey featuring many musical guests, novel orchestrations, odd-metered explorations and filmic soundscapes.

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Bio

Oliver Schroer ­ Composer, Fiddler, Producer

Oliver Schroer 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. Once his music has been heard, it's hard to mistake it for anyone else's.

He 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.

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, East Coast rockers Great Big Sea, West Coast rockers Spirit of the West, 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, Liu Fang, Jorane, George Fox, Stephen Fearing, Hoven Droven, Greg Brown, Glen Velez, Valdy, Tanya Tagaq, Teresa Doyle, Eileen McGann, and CBC's Stewart McLean/Vinyl Cafe Orchestra.

Schroer has composed over 1,000 pieces and has recorded eight CDs of his own compositions.
Oliver has also produced eleven albums for the Somerset 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). He has also done soundtrack work. Schroer’s playing can be heard on the award winning television series Angels in America and on Lemony Snickett, a Series of Unfortunate Events.

Oliver Schroer is currently promoting his new CD - Camino, a live recording from his 1,000km walk along the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain.