Lorna MacLachlan ...

Composer / arranger / pianist / singer / educator

a2Lorna MacLachlan has been writing, arranging, performing and teaching in and around the Calgary area for over 30 years. After completing a graduate degree in Composition and theory she embarked on a career as a composer providing award winning original music for Theatre, Dance and National media companies (CBC, Access Network) and a variety of commercial and artistic enterprises across the spectrum of music genres.

She has recorded five full length albums of original music and has had support from FACTOR, the Alberta Foundation for the performing arts as well as the Canada Council. She continues to work on commissioned pieces for various groups with much of her focus going toward writing for her quintet.

Her more recent compositions and performances in collaboration with the community include original music commissioned by Sturgess Architecture to present to the City of Calgary for the opening of the Water Centre. As well, Lorna composed and performed original music for the opening of Barb Scott park (commissioned by Creative Machines). Over the past year Lorna has performed numerous shows with her quintet (Richard Harding on Saxophones, Robin Tufts on drums, Andre Wickenheiser on trumpet and Stefano Valdo on bass) and in July the group spend a week together at Bottega Studio (Kelowna) recording her fifth CD of original music entitled “Feet On Ground”. This CD is a journey, instrumentally and vocally with outstanding performances by all players.

Lorna has always been passionate about music education and believes strongly in helping to develop the talents of the next generation. She has taught privately as well as for the public and private school boards and has been recognized nationally for her dedication to excellence in music education.

“Lorna is one of those rare artists who can write beautifully, play beautifully and sing beautifully. She does everything with great care and musicality and her music draws you in like a best friend. From the strong writing and arranging in her instrumental tracks to the engaging tone and lyrics in her vocal pieces, it’s music that pleases the listener with a penchant for beautifully crafted compositions and strongly musical performances.”  - Michelle Gregoire



The  Lorna MacLachlan Quintet  includes …  (click on the name to read more about the musicians)

Keith Smith

Keith Smith is a freelance guitarist in Calgary, Alberta. He leads the Keith Smith Trio, and is a resident member of The Amos Garret Jazz Trio, Lorna MacLachlan Quintet, the Penny Sanborn Trio and The Northern Lights Quartet. He also shows up in situations as diverse as The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra -(Canadian premier of the Ainadamar Ensembles and Arias by Golijov recorded by CBC Radio 2 2008), Phil Dwyer's , Hugh Frazer's and Ross Taggart's performances for The Jazz Is Society of Alberta. He is frequently called for CBE music clinics and many guitar/vocal, guitar/bass duos. His most recent appearance at 'Cliff' was the well attended concert with Deb Rasmussen in December '10.

Stefano Valdo

Stefano is an experienced Performer, Studio Musician and Music Educator. Born in Northern Italy, he studied classical guitar and double bass at the local Conservatory. While attending the University of Architecture in Venice (Italy), Stefano formed the pop-rock band “CANTON”, who signed a three year contract with Arista Records. During this period, the band released several singles. One of them reached the top-twenty charts in Italy with 250,000 copies sold. After completion of a two-year program in jazz arranging and composition at the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles , Stefano immersed himself into the L.A. music scene and as a freelance musician for live performances and studio sessions. It was at this time that he joined the Grove School of Music Faculty, assisting noted music educator Mark Harrison in the General Musicianship and Small Group Arranging classes. In 1996 he joined Harrison School of Music as Chair of the Bass Department. During his five years at the Harrison School, Stefano wrote the curriculum for the Bass Program and, at the same time, studied privately with bassists Miroslav Vitous, Dave Holland, and Jeff Berlin. In 1999, Stefano earned his Master of Music degree from California State University and currently teaches the jazz ensembles and jazz theory classes at Ambrose College.

Richard Harding

Richard has worked as a professional saxophonist and music educator in Calgary for over 20 years. He has performed with many outstanding local groups such as the Prime Time Big Band, Johnny Summers Jazz Band (CJO), Lorna MacLachlan Quintet, Soul Providers, Penguins on Broadway, TR3, Tim Tamashiro Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and his own jazz quartet. His most recent show experience includes The Full Monty at The Grand Theatre, Sweet Charity at Stagewest, The Drowsy Chaperone at Theatre Calgary and Spontaneous Combustion with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. Richard’s soulful playing can be found on the CD’s of the Prime Time Big Band, Lorna MacLachlan Quintet, The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, The Henry Cowell Wind Band, Tim Tamashiro, Terrain, Bluesland and the University of Calgary Red Band.

Robin Tufts

Robin is a drummer and percussionist and dance accompanist. He very active in the Calgary jazz community, playing with The Keith Smith Trio, The Lorna MacLachlan Quintet, The Northern Lights Jazz Quartet, Gary Wolfe and Mark DeJong. Other performing and accompanying credits include, the celtic group Seanachie, the klezmer band Klezmerovits, flamenco guitarist Peter Knight, Lynn Miles, Ann Gray, George Blondhiem, The Bob Day Quartet, the poet Sheri-d Wilson, Guido Basso, Alberta Ballet, Decidedly Jazz Dance, Dancers Studio West and Stage West. He is currently the group leader of the accompanists for the Program of Dance at the University of Calgary. Robin has, in the past year, begun a re-exploration of his life long passion for spontaneous improvisation. This has lead to “Music for Soup”, a series of house concerts featuring performances of spontaneous duets with musical guests Keith Smith, Simon Fisk, Raulito Tabera, Peter Clark and Austin Tufts so far.

Robin can be heard on the following recordings:  Time 4 Change – Lorna MacLachlan 2011, Northern Lights/Altai Khangai 2009, Afterthought – The Keith Smith Trio 2009, Telegraphy – Lorna MacLachlan 2008, Two Trees – Lorna MacLachlan 2007, Gordon McCulloch – Gordon McCulloch 2008, SunUp – Gary Wolfe 2007, Blue Comedy – Vibré 2006, Klezmerovitz - Klezmerovitz 2004. As a member of the Northern Lights Jazz Quartet Robin has twice travelled to Mongolia performing at the Giant Steppes Jazz festival and collaborating with the traditional Mongolian folk group Altai Khangai.

As a member of Seanachie Robin has co-written and co-produced four albums: Telling Tales – Seanachie 1997 / A Quarrel With Whisky – Seanachie 1999 / A Parting Cup – Seanachie 2002 / Five Days In April – Seanachie with Raven (from Portland Oregon) 2002.  Seanachie has performed at many major folk festivals and folk clubs including The Calgary Folk Festival, The South Country Fair, The Canmore Folk festival, The Island Folk Fest in Duncan B.C. and the First Celtic Gathering in Montevideo Uruguay.

Robin has given workshops in rhythm, jazz drumming, percussion, and dance accompaniment at the University of Calgary, Decidedly Jazz Dance, high schools in Calgary, and internationally in Poland, Mongolia and Uruguay.