Manitoba Fiddle Association Hall of Fame member Patti Lamoureux is a three-time Grand North American Fiddle Champion, and a three-time winner of the prestigious Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship in Ottawa, ON. Patti was the first woman and the first Western Canadian in the history of Canada to ever win. Whether it’s on jazz piano, drums with a big band, country lead guitar, bluegrass mandolin, or accordion, Jeremy Rusu is right at home on a stage as long as he’s making music. TEDxManitoba cannot be more pleased that Patti and Jeremy will perform at our event in February, 2012.
What motivates you
We enjoy playing music together and like coming up with fresh arrangements of traditional music. Seeing smiles on faces, feet tapping, and hearing hands clapping makes us realize just how much we love what we do. Very often the words, “I can’t believe they’re paying us to have this much fun” come out of our mouths.
What do you do for a living and why?
We’re both musicians. I (Patti) do a lot of teaching both in person and online over Skype. I have students in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Florida, and Norway. I also perform in concert as a solo artist, and in other situations such as playing as a side person in bands. I do a lot of traveling, especially in the summer, to fiddle camps across the country, teaching Manitoba fiddle music to hundreds of students—young and more mature. I am incredibly blessed to be able to do this for a living, taking a talent that I was blessed with and being able to pass it along to others.
Jeremy is a multi-instrumentalist. He plays piano, accordion, all types of acoustic and electric guitars, bass, drums, clarinet, harmonica, mandolin, and I’m sure I’m missing one or two others. He plays everything at a professional level and is incredibly busy playing in several bands from reggae to folk, folk rock to fiddle, country to pop, rock to big band and jazz. Jeremy also writes music, produces albums, and engineers his own recording studio. He is a musical genius. Jeremy does this for a living because he lives and breathes music, and absolutely loves what he does.
Which TED talk do you think everyone should watch?
Robert Gupta’s Music is medicine, music is sanity.
Why are you excited to perform at TEDxManitoba?
We are very excited to be asked to perform at TEDxManitoba because, really, who wouldn’t be?? TED is an amazing entity and to be a part of such a thing is truly an honour. We’re also very excited to be part of the audience and to meet the others that will be there. I’m sure the day will truly be one of those life-changing events.
What is your idea worth spreading?
Our idea worth spreading is that music is indeed a universal language. In the ten minutes we’re allotted, we hope to entertain, inspire, and convince that achieving what you want is possible, no matter what the challenges may be.