"Mo was originally inspired to explore the jazz genre when the venerable Tommy Banks paid a visit to her high school in Medicine Hat Alberta. Once pointed in this direction there was no turning back. Mo’s early influences ranged from Jimi Hendrix to Chet Atkins. After high school Mo continued her musical training at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta, where she gained technical competence and studied everything jazz. She was particularly inspired by some of the great musical pioneers of the seventies including Joe Zawinul, Weather Report, Roland Kirk, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Pat Metheny and Stevie Wonder. Current favourites include the likes of Prince, David Fiuczynski and the Screaming Headless Torsos (yes this is really a band), and the always evolving Medeski, Martin and Wood.
Since her departure from Grant MacEwan Mo has been plying her trade as a performer. Initial fame and glory came in the form of the kick ass disco cover band Godiva, or so she has been told, actual memories of this era are limited. It was during this time that Mo acquired her most valued possession: the Digitech Space Station (visit the gear page for more on this modern wonder). They have rarely been separated since.
Mo has toured in rock bands, disco bands and played with a variety of jazz heavies as they pass through Edmonton. She is currently a part of several progressive jazz projects including Don Bradshaw’s Big Idea, Hecubus and of course the (cleverly titled) Mo Lefever trio/quartet/quintet/ or group as the case may be. She is also a long standing member of Brett Miles’ Magilla Funk Conduit and Bob Tildesley’s Indigenous Aliens."
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