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John Calverley (BMus.) is an active freelance violinist, composer, improviser, session musician and instructor. As music director for Vinok Worldance he has had the opportunity to explore diverse styles of traditional music from various cultures. In addition to his classical training he has also competed nationally for Canadian old time fiddling and explores improvisational styles as the founding member of his gypsy-jazz group, the Felt Hat String Band.

John has been teaching violin for over 20 years. He teaches both in his home studio in Edmonton, Alberta and also in St. Paul, Alberta for the North Eastern Music Association (NEMA).

Some highlights include: Recording for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies ‘Fiddle Nation’ medley composed by Calvin Vollrath, the Canada Day Millennium Celebration on Parliament Hill (2000) with Vinok Worldance, Alberta Spirit: Party of the Century Centennial Celebrations (2005) all of which were live televised performances.

John has performed with Alfie Zappacosta, Crystal Plamondon, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Lisa Hewitt, the Strathcona String Quartet, Mercury Opera, Vinok Worldance (ethnic folk), AUDio SQUADron (avant-garde), The Felt Hat String Band (gypsy-jazz), the Moksha Ensemble (world fusion), and many other pop, rock and folk acts.

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