Stories From Home - Lorne Lofsky

Every week, we ask a different local artist to provide their unique perspective on the pandemic experience from a musician’s point of view. Through words, video and music, each musician will share their story, along with an audio or video sample of a recent project, and a link to purchase their music so that you can support their work.

This week, guitarist, educator and Canadian jazz gem Lorne Lofsky talks about the process of music, focussing on concept and skills development in lieu of playing live, and releasing his first album as a leader in more than 20 years.

"I do a lot of teaching, and for obvious reasons it shifted to an online format. That presented a few challenges, chief among them instructing a jazz workshop. With jazz being an interactive artform, and online real time playing generally not that feasible, more emphasis was placed on skillsets and conceptual ideas that are used in improvising. I, like a lot of other players, lost out on a lot of live playing opportunities, which of course impacted my financial situation to a degree. Fortunately, the teaching helped out quite a bit. I do a lot of practicing/playing at home on a daily basis, so from that standpoint, nothing changed. I think of the current situation as being akin to 'Groundhog Day', The Jazz Edition.

I've been reminded of a couple of things. Life is a gift. It's fleeting.... Embrace it. I feel more inspired than ever to play and study music. That side of things, for me, is more important than performing...it's about the process, not necessarily the product.

I released a recording in early April on Roberto Occhipinti's label, Modica Music. It's called "This Song is New". This is my first recording under my own name in over twenty years. It's been quite well received. Currently, I've been working out ideas for some upcoming things."

Support Lorne by purchasing "This Song is New" from Bandcamp: modicamusic.bandcamp.com/album/this-song-is-new.

Here is Lorne's original composition "Live from the Apollo" from "This Song is New":