BIOGRAPHY

Jaron Freeman-Fox - photo by Nick Merzetti

Bred in the mountains of Canada’s northwest, and steeped in study under the great traditional musicians of India, Scandinavia, and Siberia, Jaron Freeman-Fox redefines what his instrument is capable of, and gives the listener no choice but to take his unique refraction of world music on it’s own terms.

Jaron’s singular style was encouraged from an early age as an apprentice of Canada’s renowned fiddle pioneer, the late Oliver Shroer, who’s violin Jaron still plays.  Jaron went on to study Carnatic classical music in South India under Dr. M Narmadha, hardanger fiddle in Norway under Jan Beitohaugen Granli, Swedish fiddle in Skåne under Mats Edén, Morin Khuur in Mongolia under Batzorig Vaanchig, and throat singing in Tuva under Igor Koshkendey.  This immersive study was counterbalanced by a busy schedule of touring and performing as a side-musician and collaborator with diverse artists, including Sam Lee, Ben Caplan, Delhi2Dublin, The Good Lovelies, The Paperboys, poet Shane Koyczan, inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq, ballet legend James Kudelka, and a group of nomadic Rajasthani gypsies.  Equally busy in the studio, Jaron quickly racked up a discography of over 40 albums he had played on or produced, including Jayme StoneAutorickshaw, Teresa Doyle and Fred Penner.

photo credit Cathy Kirkpatrick copy 2Combining these seemingly disparate influences, Jaron’s band Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything, was best described by fRoots magazine as a “great world-jazz victory parade”.  Since forming in 2011, the band has toured tirelessly from Sweden to Serbia, Tuva to Tasmania, Macau to Memphis, and New York to Newfoundland, including the Woodford Folk Festival (Australia), the Shanghai World Music Festival, the Stockholm Jazz Festival, Kaustinen Folk Festival (Finland), Lotusfest (USA), Glatt&Verkehrt (Austria), the Winnipeg Folk Festival (Canada), Xöömei in the Centre of Asia (Russia), Művészetek Völgye (Hungary) and WOMEX (Greece). The band’s self-titled album garnered 3 Canadian folk Music Awards, the instrumental category for the Independent Music Awards and the International Songwriting Contest. Their long-awaited followup album “Hoop Snakes” will be released later this year.

Based in Toronto, Jaron is currently developing a new project for 12-string violin.  In 2017 he was honoured to receive the KM Hunter Award for excellence in Music.  Jaron enjoys long stumbles in the woods, early-morning bedtimes, and unrehearsed fire juggling.