Musical duo reflects on lifetime of playing music
Ralf Buschmeyer has been playing the guitar since he was 13-years-old, and has released seven albums. His most recent album, Jazzspeak, won the Hamilton Music Awards for Instrumental Recording of the Year in 2012.
Corinne Plomish started her journey as a vocal artist, and has done jingles for big names such as 7-Up, Royal Bank and the Molson Indy 500. She has also toured extensively, and played on a string of TV shows in Los Angeles, which included The Arsenio Hall Show and American Bandstand.
Corinne and Ralf tend to the crowd during their Thursday evening house gig playing and singing jazz at Ric's Lounge and Grill downtown.
Corinne is primarily a singer/song-writer, while her husband Ralf has spent most of his life playing jazz guitar.
The couple said mastering music is no easy feat, and both compared it to "learning a language."
Corinne teaches voice and music theory at the Mount Royal Conservatory, while Ralf has spent the last 15 years teaching jazz guitar in Mount Royal's recently cut jazz studies program.
Both musicians expressed their disappointment in the cutting of the jazz program at Mount Royal, and Ralf added that they were "cutting it at the height of its success."
The couple has had success freelancing (both together and apart) around Calgary, and Corinne said playing music isn't something her or her husband just do part-time.
Corinne and Ralf have been playing together for 10 years now, and Ralf said one of the reasons they work so well together, is because they "both know what it takes to faithfully play."