Spring is such a beautiful time of year: fresh ideas, new insights and great growth. Lorna MacLachlan’s 2013 begins this way after a productive Fall and Winter. The last CD, Time 4 Change, may have precipitated some of this, as if a call for change was required or at least requested, and Lorna’s new works reflect this change. Time for Change was very well received and had the group in the top 10 across Canada for several months after it’s release in 2011. The Quintet showcased their talents as a group at Beatniq’s, The National Music Centre and The Yardbird Suite in Edmonton, to name a few.

Thanks to the inspiration and support of great local musicians in Calgary, as well as the guidance of international artists such as David Braid, Nancy Walker, Michelle Gregoire and Maria Schneider, Lorna continues to develop her skills as a writer and performer.

The Lorna MacLachlan Quintet is composed of five innovative players from Calgary who have worked together on Lorna’s music since 2001 (and before). The music is written and arranged by Lorna and brought to life by Richard Harding (saxophones), Keith Smith (guitar), Stefano Valdo (bass) and Robin Tufts (drums) (with Lorna on piano and vocals). While this music may best be described as belonging to the genre of jazz, it is heavily influenced by the classical and folk genres. Lorna’s lyrics and songs are a fresh and poignant reflection of her world (everyone’s world) and her instrumental compositions are written specifically for this quintet and capitalize on the talents of each player.

"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


News and Updates

Saturday, June 15

Has the Lorna MacLachlan Quintet at Carlson’s on MacLeod in High River. New tunes, great food, good times. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 403-601-8774.


New dates in the Fall include the Cliff Bungalow-Mission Jazz Series as well as new music for the Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble with Jon McCaslin and Mark Dejong.