On February 24 Jazz Vespers will feature the Rob Piltch and Lorne Lofsky Duo. Join us for an hour of great music, contemplation, and poetry, followed by a wine and water social. Admission is free, though we gratefully accept your goodwill offering.
Guitarist, composer, Rob Piltch studied guitar in turn with Eli Kassner, Tony Bradan, and Hank Monis, composition with Gordon Delamont and Sam Dolin, piano with Darwyn Aitken, and guitar again with Robert Hamilton. After working in local jazz clubs with Ted Moses and others and touring in Canada and the USA 1979-80 with David Clayton-Thomas and Blood, Sweat and Tears, he settled into a career in Toronto studios, playing in rock, contemporary jazz, fusion, and classical styles as required. Piltch also has appeared in club or concert engagements with Hagood Hardy, Ron Collier, Lorne Lofsky, Hugh Marsh, Don (W.) Thompson, and others.
Piltch has made the LPs Bells (1981-2, Umbrella GEN-1-16), a collaboration with Thompson, and Rob Piltch (1988, Duke Street DSR-31047). The former includes his compositions Moon Dance, Nexus, and Chant; the latter, Prelude, Sambo, Bags in the Lobby Blues, Thanks J.S. (after Bach), and Farewell to Caledon (a dedication to his father). He also appears as a soloist on recordings by Marsh, Hardy, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Rita Coolidge, Kathryn Moses (Music in My Heart, 1978, PM PMR-017) Ted Moses (More Than Ever, 1978, CBC LM-459, The Farther You Go … The Farther You See, 1978, Music Necessity Music MMN-1), the Partland Brothers, Purple Changes, Stone Alliance, and others.
Lorne Lofsky is an internationally recognized jazz guitarist. Born and raised in Toronto, he has been playing professionally for the last 42 years. He has played/toured or recorded with a who’s who of the jazz world, including Oscar Peterson, Ed Bickert, Rob McConnell, Chet Baker, Joey DeFrancesco, Pepper Adams, Ray Brown, Neils Henning Orsted Pederson, Rosemary Clooney, Kirk MacDonald, Dave Holland, and many other respected members of the international jazz community.
In addition, he has been a faculty member at York University’s Fine Arts/Music Program since 1978 and also teaches at the Humber College Community Music Program. Lorne is a mainstay of the Toronto jazz scene and performs extensively in the Greater Toronto Area. He has also given clinics/concerts at St. FX University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia and McGill University in Montreal.