Bred in the mountains of Canada’s rural north-west, Jaron Freeman-Fox redefines what the violin is capable of, and gives you no choice but to take his mutant species of music on it’s own terms. Having produced or played on over 40 albums (Teresa Doyle, Jayme Stone, Autorickshaw) and toured the globe many times over as a solo artist, bandleader or collaborator with artists such as Delhi 2 Dublin, Ben Caplan, and Sam Lee, Freeman-Fox fuses his roots of fiddling and jazz with his musical studies in India, Sweden, and Indonesia, while playing the 5-string violins of his late mentor; fiddle pioneer Oliver Schroer.
On a seemingly endless tour for the past 5 years, Jaron performs full-time with his award-winning band Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything, as well as his his new experimental duo project, using an expanded-range electroacoustic violin set-up of his own design.
Folks may be intrigued by the fact that JFF has performed for 100,000 people and the young royal couple on Parlimant hill, or that the Canadian Embassy was kind enough (or foolish enough) to send him off to collaborate with a troupe of nomadic Rajasthani gypsies at the Delhi International Arts Festival, or that his first ever album Manic Almanac : Slow Möbius won an Independent Music Award, or that he’s shared the stage with Canadian legends Marc Destrubé, Tanya Tagaq, Trichy Sankaran and James Kudelka. Jaron however, is most proud of the fact that he’s broken three different fiddles on stage and zero bones, had his violin stolen by monkeys in Bali and got it back without contracting rabies, and has the honour of featuring his absolute favourite musicians in the world, in his band The Opposite of Everything.
The Opposite of Everything:
Described as “Tom Waits playing the fiddle, backed up by the Mahavishnu Orchestra”, The Opposite of Everything transform Jaron’s intricate compositions into an infectious party! All the while maintaining “a delicate tactile mystery”. About to embark on their 5th year of touring around the world, the band has a new album in the works for release at the beginning of 2016. More info on the band page
The whole blasted story:
Scampering about the islands and mountains of northwest BC, Jaron’s early life was nomadically spent moving from festival to festival, busking, house-sitting, harvesting, home schooling, and the occasional van ride across the continent. At age 14 Jaron began a close apprenticeship with the fiddler/composer Oliver Schroer, which lasted until Shroer’s death from Leukemia in 2008.
At Age 17, Jaron went on to music school in Vancouver where he studied jazz, composition, as well as classical performance under the renowned classical violinist Marc Destrube. Soon after migrating to the city, Jaron was touring with artists such as The Paperboys, Shane Koyczan, and Tambura Rasa.
In 2007, Jaron began a long-term study in India to pursue his love of Indian classical music. While studying with India’s top violinists (A. Kanyakumeri, Dr. Narmadha, Dr. Balaji) Jaron was soon also performing alongside great artists themselves such as T.V. Gopalakrishnan (well known for his work with George Harrison and Pandit Ravi Shankar), and John Anthony (the original guitarist for L. Shankar)
After moving to Toronto, Jaron was soon performing with all forms of artists from The Good Lovelies, to Autorickshaw, to Peter Katz and is incessantly working as a session musician, composer, producer and collaborator, providing the music for dance with James Kudelka, multimedia theatre by Heather Hermant (aka Rotery Poet), storytelling by Dan Yashinsky, film soundtracks by Rich Pell and even a Canadian Tire Commercial and iphone video game by Click Gamer.
Committed to encouraging other young musicians with his personal cocktail of reverie & blasphemy, Jaron works as a mentor and educator as his schedule permits, and has been proud to present workshops or masterclasses at music camps and universities around the world, including Toronto’s Humber College, Ottawa’s Carlton University, the Ontario Strings Association’s annual conference and Gothenburg University’s Academy of Music.
Jaron enjoys long stumbles on the beach, early-morning bedtimes, and unrehearsed fire juggling. Jaron cannot tell his left from right except when airborne, and is incapable of walking past shoes left out on the street without at least trying them on.