Zav (Jaime) RT is an innovative, spunky violist, composer, educator and community builder who is putting the unique sound of Canada's West Coast on the international folk music map. She creates exceptionally evocative original acoustic music, infused with life and emotion.
RT and Hillhouse recorded a stunning album “Spark” on the Dog My Cat Record label; the album features the original music of RT and Hillhouse, and the rich sound of the Zav's 5 string “fiddola” paired with Hillhouse's unique guitar style. Zav's debut album “Reach” and the duo album “Spark” have both received Canadian Folk Music Award Nominations, Western Canadian Music Award nominations, great reviews, and are favourites of CBC Radio-- including the theme song on "Between the Covers".
“What I like most about both Reach and Spark is their originality. I like the tunes, the arrangements, the sound of the fiddola... Spark is too modest a title for this blazing collection of fine melodies; a conflagration of great tunes.” Roman Tacik, Regina's Might Shores
Zav also tours internationally playing fiddola and keys with Canadian folk legend James Keelaghan, and has shared the stage with Liz Carrol, Martin Hayes, Alasdair Fraser, Oliver Schroer, Daniel Lapp, Pierre Schryer, Colin Adjun, Catriona MacDonald, Jerry Holland, Raffi and Yves Lambert. Her original writing is winning international composing accolades, and her music has been featured on CBC's Vinyl Cafe and radio stations around the globe. She is passionate and fun.
“Her own music is intensely personal and aims to weave the listener into the fabric of life...while her music is infused with traditional folk elements, it's not confined by standard conventions.” The Gulf Islands Driftwood
Zav (Jaime) RT is not only a dynamic performer but also loves to share her music with kids, through teaching and school shows. She is often found in her mukluks and parka teaching fiddle to native youth in the Northwest Territories, or enthusiastically working her magic at fiddle camps. Fiddleworks is her non-profit society, dedicated to sharing the joy of music, building life skills and developing community through innovative fiddle education and music camps. She hosts one of the West Coast's most successful fiddle camps, now in it's 14th year with over 150 participants.
RT has a Bachelor of Music in Piano and Composition from the University of Victoria, and also loves to compose and perform classical music as a violist and pianist. She is a published author (Frederick Harris Music) of the Fiddleworks series.
She lives her life with a deep regard for nature, a strong commitment to community, and an abundance of joy.