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Oliver Schroer

Oliver Schroer (1956-2008) was a Canadian composer and fiddler who explored numerous musical genres, including jazz and Asian music, while playing on over 100 albums and touring all over the world.  Schroer was also interested in teaching/mentoring, and in 2004, he developed a composing workshop with adolescents in Smithers, BC called, Truffles.  From his personal website, he states: “it was a chance for other young folks to see that composition does not need to be academic or abstract; it can be an expressive activity that is just a natural part of life.”

Of particular interest to Soundwalking Interactions, is Schroer’s 2004 walk with three companions along the Comino de Santiago, a pilgrim trail that moves through southern France and northern Spain.  Schroer kept a journal of two-month, 1000 km plus trek.  In The Camino Journal, he writes that the road “is continuous, unbroken, yet changing. The one constant is the sound of footsteps – the heartbeat of the pilgrimage.”

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