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Lorna has been at it again; writing, arranging and perfecting her works to bring to rehearsal. There she knows a dedicated group of musicians (some of Calgary’s finest) who will help bring her ideas to life (and life is exactly where they were born).

Saturday, April 11 at the National Music Centre at 8 pm is Lorna’s CD release for “Feet On Ground”. This is Lorna’s fifth full length CD of original music and it is a journey, instrumentally, vocally, and emotionally. Richard Harding’s performances are nothing short of inspired and the support from the rhythm section locks it all in. Over the past year Lorna this group has performed for numerous events (Richard on saxophones, Robin Tufts on drums, Andre Wickenheiser on trumpet and Stefano Valdo on bass) and in July the group set up their ‘home-away-from–home” at Bottega Studio in Kelowna to recording these ideas with producer, Claire Lawrence (CBC).

"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 a listener with a penchant for beautifullycrafted compositions and strongly musicalperformances." - Michelle Grégoire

"Lorna Maclachlan possesses an extraordinary passion for personal and artistic development..."
- David Braid

 


Feet On Ground

 

“Be careful what you ask for…” a phrase that has resonated with Lorna MacLachlan more recently after she put out her last album “Time 4 Change” (2011). “I hate that phrase but sometimes I can’t ignore it. Since releasing that CD, so much change has happened in my life and I think it was long overdue – like an elastic that was at the end of it’s stretch.” Although the journey is challenging at times, it is also the change that contributes to our growth and “Feet On Ground” is a reflection and acknowledgement of the inner strength we all possess as we are faced with change.

Now, if this all sounds a little “heady” don’t worry, the music does not. Lorna is always more interested in finding the simplicity in the midst of the intellectual. “Simple is so hard to achieve, at times, but definitely worth the pursuit. I want my music to be understood by a wide audience. I am not trying to speak over the heads of my listeners, I am trying to connect and celebrate that connection in a language that can be understood by a wide audience. I don’t need to prove how smart I am by making music so difficult that it alienates us. How futile would that be when I speak of the commonalities we share as human beings.