Devoting himself to the Healing Powers of Music
Despite studying in Boston for the past three years and travelling back and forth between the US and Trinidad, Jean-Marc Tardieu is still very much at home on the stage here in Trinidad and Tobago. A prominent member of The Love Movement under the direction and guidance of founder/musical director, Bernadette Laughlin-Scott for the past 20 years, he is now the group's assistant producer and leading male soloist and continues to devote himself tirelessly and selflessly to the healing power of music.
Currently in his final year and a half at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts, Tardieu continues his pursuit towards a major in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology while honing his talents in singing and songwriting. He also continues to fly the banner for Trinidad and Tobago as a Berklee Student Ambassador being sent out to various parts of the US to assist with auditions and interviews as well as being a peer advisor for incoming first year students.
Tardieu's journey to Berklee, however, has been and continues to be extremely turbulent financially and as his primary source of income he returns to Trinidad each August vacation and at Christmas, if exams schedules and airfare permit, to produce concerts to help him raise the necessary funds.
On July 20 and 21 at 8.30 p.m., he will take the stage once again at the St Dominic's Pastoral Centre along with fellow Love Movement soloists newly wed Anneisha Skerritt-Wells, Lyndsey Hay, Kyle Richardson and Lesley Lewis-Alleyne. Joining them for the second consecutive year from Berklee College of Music, will be acclaimed singer-songwriter Curtis Lust who, like Tardieu is also a testament to the calibre of musician and songwriter that Berklee is known to produce.
This show promises to be an exciting experience for the entire family set to contemporary favourites, original pieces and oldies for the young at heart guaranteed to encourage singing along and tapping of feet while warming the heart and stirring the soul. Backed by a live band of extremely talented young musicians — Stefan Ayoung, Raymond Achaibar, Darrin Lalla and Christopher Boyer — "Stronger" will offer something for everyone.
Tickets are $200 and are available at the Dominican Bookstore or St Dominic's Pastoral Centre in St Finbar's Church compound, Morne Coco Road Diego Martin, The Church of the Assumption Maraval or by calling 761-5124 or 793-6577.