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Lora Bidner (born Sept 26 1990) is a composer/singer-songwriter living in Ottawa, Ont. Her performing music on various instruments such as hang drum, ukulele, guitar, vocals and piano can be categorized under the freestyle/folk genre. Her unique and percussive guitar strumming and melodic finger picking is eclectic. Both writing her own music and performing covers such as Nancy Sinatra's "Bang Bang" on the ukulele, and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" on hang drum, Lora's performances are a showcase of a broad spectrum of musical styles and genres.
Lora has performed numerous times at venues like The Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield, The Rainbow Bistro, Algonquin Colleges' The Observatory and International Restaurant. Other venues Lora has performed at are Raw Sugar Cafe, The Library and Archives, Avante-Garde Bar, Mavericks, and many more!
Lora has shared the stage with artists like Craig Cardiff, Justin Nozuka, Lynn Miles, Jim Bryson, Jill Barber, Danny Michel, Hannah Georgas, Megan Jerome, Dar Williams, Sheena Grobb, Sean Pinchin, The Salton Sea, The Musettes, and many more!
As both a self-taught and formally trained musician, Lora is an intuitive and skilled musician. Being a pianist first, she has played and composed since she was old enough to press her fingers on a piano keyboard. She grew up writing her own music and learning to play mainly by ear. Throughout elementary school Lora was a percussionist in various bands; she attributes her rhythmic style to having that initial introduction to rhythm.
Lora took up the violin to get into the Canterbury High School arts program, and studied violin for four years there. Being a part of the orchestra and small ensemble helped her to become a better composer and have a greater knowledge of instrumentation as well as gain an understanding in composing for various orchestral instruments. At Canterbury Lora also collaborated year round, composing music for the dance,theatre, and music program at the school. She was involved in many live performances one of which won her a Cappie award in the category of "Creativity" for the play "The Triangle Factory Fire Project" directed by Paul Griffin for which she composed the music for. Collaborating with various artists,being a part of so many productions and learning from great teachers was an unforgettable and life changing experience.
Lora is finishing her last year in a Bachelor of Music program specializing in piano/composition at Carleton University; she is involved in both a creative, practical and theoretical program. Lora is also part of the folk trio band The Musettes. Lora continues to pursue a career as a both a composer and performer.