January 7, 2016

Bio

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Music

Jeremy Aaron is a NYC singer, storyteller, community organizer, bluesman, poet, guitarist, violinist, and the creator of Greenwich Village Showcase. Warm and real, his music evokes nights around the campfire between old friends. You may come to his shows to hear the earthy folk chords, the living room intimacy, the confessional lyrics. You may leave inspired. His songs tell of Ecuadorian shadows, magic lights, Adirondack evergreens, beggars’ coins, train tracks, and road trips. His music is special, intimate, contemplative, poetic, personal, lyrical, meaningful. His songs are comforting like hot chocolate, wool socks, and your crackling fireplace on a winter’s day.

In addition to performing his own songs, Jeremy is the fiddler and guitarist in Spuyten Duyvil. He joined them on their tour to Israel in Spring 2016 where they headlined Jacob’s Ladder Festival and performed at Mike’s Place, Rimon School of Music, and First Station in Jerusalem.  Jeremy has accompanied Francis Falls, David Amram, Kirsten Maxwell, Joe Crookston, Deer Scout, Bakithi Kumalo, Pesky J Nixon, and Jann Klose.

Jeremy was raised in Nyack, NY, where he studied classical violin with Alicia Edelberg, Associate Concertmaster for the NYC Opera. He grew up attending Jay Ungar’s “Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camp” where he was taught his first fiddle tunes by Jay Ungar, David Kaynor and John Krumm and his first chords on the guitar by folksinger Sally Rogers and Molly Mason. Canadian songwriter friend and mentor Philip Lewin encouraged Jeremy to begin writing songs as a teenager. After earning an undergraduate degree at Oberlin College, Jeremy began pursuing music and songwriting full time.

Past shows as a songwriter: Huntington Folk Festival, GAGA Arts Festival, Oberlin Folk Festival, NYC Friends of Clearwater Water Festival, The Living Room NYC, Caffe Lena, Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, The Commons Brooklyn (Dave Van Ronk 80th Birthday Concert), Caffe Vivaldi, Parkside Lounge, LIC Bar, Exile Above 2A, The Music Inn, NERFA Focus Presenter’s Pick Showcase, Sidewalk Cafe, Strong Place, Vagabond Cafe, Tokyo Tapas, Sullivan Hall, Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse, The People’s Garden in Bushwick, The Nyack Center, The ‘Sco, Rockwood Music Hall, Workshop Leader at Unirondack Camp and Conference Center, Workshop Leader at Youth Traditional Song Weekend.

Past venues as an ensemble musician: ASTA National Orchestra Festival, Riverspace Arts w/ Mark O’Connor and Appalachian Waltz Trio, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center (Winner of National Orchestra Cup), Opened for the American Brass Quintet at First Reformed Church of Nyack NY, Grace Church Crowther Trust 9/11 concert, Valley Cottage Library, Jazz Band Competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Past venues with Spuyten Duyvil: Philadelphia Folk Festival, New Bedford Folk Festival, Caramoor American Roots Music Festival, Jacob’s Ladder Folk Festival, CHIRP, Porch Stomp presented by Make Music NY, Bourbon and Branch, Rockwood Music Hall, Roots On The River Festival, Great South Bay Music Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Lounge Stage, Connecticut Folk Festival, Mike’s Place, Rimon School of Music, First Station in Jerusalem.

Jeremy will release his debut solo album “In The Magic Light” in Spring 2017. The first single”Bitter Sun” was recently played on Christine Lavin’s Sunday Supper on WFUV. Stream the show here: http://www.wfuv.org/content/sunday-supper-11-13-16

Check out his Kickstarter campaign here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1725291853/jeremy-aarons-first-full-length-album

Greenwich Village Showcase

Jeremy Aaron created the Greenwich Village Showcase to make his dream of a communal music space for NYC singer/songwriters come true. Each month at Caffe Vivaldi, the showcase brings together aspiring singer/songwriters to continue the spirit of folk music. Fans, family, and friends pack into the intimate space to listen to powerful, revealing and moving songs. Jeremy grew up in a music community where it was common for musicians to spontaneously perform a song together after just meeting. Greenwich Village Showcase brings that communal vibe to the big apple, and supports a new scene of energetic, hip singer/songwriters that is rising in Greenwich Village. The showcase also came to NERFA 2016 as a Guerilla showcase.

Penn South Music Club

Jeremy volunteers as the chair of the events committee for the Music Club at his home in Mutual Redevelopment Housing (Penn South). He organizes inter-generational music events for residents including open mics, potlucks, and jam sessions. He believes that community and music are integral to making the world a better place.

Folk Music History Blog

Jeremy writes a folk music history blog that details specific periods in the history of American folk music. He believes our country’s folk music roots are an important piece of our heritage and identity. The history of American folk music is so interesting because of the melting pot of styles. Jeremy loves to learn and discover new music by traveling back in time.