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FRANK HORVAT - Composer · Pianist · Songwriter · Recording Artist · Arranger · Producer

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  • Strange Machine

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    Strange Machine
    This album is indie rock with a splash of art. Crafted like a playlist, try listening to the whole album to see its effect..
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  • I Can See You

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    I Can See You
    A little indie and a little art rock... Pop, poetry and modern expression in a beautifully pained existence.
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  • I'll Be Good

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    I'll Be Good
    An aggressive and virtuosic collection of original solo piano compositions. These pieces without words tell deeply personal stories. Video: Like Franz Liszt and Metallica in a cage match!
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    "Wildly original, often chaotic, eclectic as all get-out, and quite a ride."
  • A LIttle Dark Music

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    A Little Dark Music
    Featuring four introspective tracks with an ambient tone, this collection of original piano compositions explore real world themes like the environment, poverty and Sept 11. Includes Earth Hour, a 60-minute continuous composition inspired by and best experienced in the dark.
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  • The Dignity Song

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    The Dignity Song
    This deeply melancholic yet powerful pop ballad brings a voice to the invisible pain of loss, isolation and loneliness that exist as we age.
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  • St. Joe's Middle School in Ottawa

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    Memories of a Place Past – St. Joe’s
    2016 – soprano, clarinet & piano – 14:00 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Soprano Part (pdf) Clarinet Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: November 9, 2016, Gallery 345, Toronto Kripa Nageshwar (soprano) Michael Westwood (clarinet) Gregory Millar (piano) Recording Live Concert Demo MIDI Demo Programme Notes In February 1987, I was 12 years old and a grade […]
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  • A Secret Streamlet by Frank Horvat

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    A Secret Streamlet
    2016 – violin & piano – 7:15 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Violin Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: November 17, 2016, Parliament Hill, Ottawa November 15, 2016, Montreal; November 16, 2016, Ottawa Steinway Gallery Ralitsa Tcholakova (violin) Justyna Gabzdyl (piano) Recording MIDI Demo Programme Notes On April 8, 1975, the Czech writer and activist, Václav Havel, […]
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  • Mvt 4 - somChAi nEElApAijit - photo by Luke Duggleby/Protection International

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    The Thailand HRDs
    2016-17 – for string quartet – 8:00 (2 mins/mvt.) Performances World Premiere: October 15, 2016, Chiang Mai University Art Museum, Thailand 90s String Quartet Programme Notes The Thailand HRDs is currently a 4-movement string quartet inspired by a photo essay by Luke Duggleby called “For Those Who Died Trying“. Duggleby’s collection details victims of murder […]
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  • A Thing of Beauty by Frank Horvat

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    A Thing of Beauty
    2016 – for full orchestra – 5:30 (single movement) Inspired by the following poem excerpt: A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its lovliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; – John Keats Sheet Music Score (pdf) [please contact me for the complete parts] Recording MIDI Demo Performances World Premiere: May 7, […]
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  • Morality from a Bush by Frank Horvat

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    Morality from a Bush
    2012 – for electronics – 3:39 Recording Rough mix Programme Notes What’s brighter? A shrub or a Dub? – Frank Horvat Lyrics by George W. Bush America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. Americans in need are not strangers. Americans live on the sunrise side of the mountain. An angel still […]
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  • Andy Griffith Died Today by Frank Horvat

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    Andy Griffith Died Today
    2012 – for electronics – 2:22 Recording Rough mix Frank Horvat (voice) Lyrics Andy Why did you have to go?
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  • Jordan. Photo: World Bank

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    Thirty Minutes of a Three Million..
    … Minute Journey 2016 – for clarinet and piano – 30:00 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Clarinet Part (pdf) Recording Live Concert Demo Performances World Premiere: April 8, 2016, St. Andrew’s Church, Toronto Michael Westwood (clarinet) Gregory Millar (piano) Other Performances: August 12, 2016, House of the Blackheads, Tallinn, Estonia (more details) Michael Westwood (clarinet) Programme Notes […]
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  • I Believe by Blackburn & Horvat

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    I Believe
    2014 – for voice & piano – 4:38 lyrics by Regina A. Blackburn, music by Frank Horvat Recording Demo Lyrics by Regina A. Blackburn Been so long since you and I Must admit you’ve crossed my mind but, couldn’t get pass the lies Now you’re here asking me to trust; You say you’re a changed […]
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  • Shshsh by Blackburn & Horvat

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    Shshsh
    2014 – for voice & piano – 3:35 lyrics by Regina A. Blackburn, music by Frank Horvat Recording Demo Lyrics by Regina A. Blackburn The family has a Shshsh , that we don’t speak about A u/g/l/y secret; Took place at Grandma’s house The family has a Shshsh, though it didn’t start with me Seems […]
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  • Wood & Metal Bars by Frank Horvat - photo by This Is Awkward

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    Wood & Metal Bars
    2015 – for percussion quartet – 10:00 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Glockenspiel Part (pdf) Xylophone Part (pdf) Vibraphone Part (pdf) Marimba Part (pdf) Recording MIDI Demo
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  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

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    100 Years in 1 Minute
    2016 – for flute & marimba – 1:00 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Flute Part (pdf) Marimba Part (pdf) Recording MIDI Demo Programme Notes One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez is one of the great pieces of literature of the 20th Century, and a personal favourite of mine. The way in which Márquez […]
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  • © 1998 New Line Cinema.

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    Hi, My Name is Pecker.
    2016 – for percussion quartet – 4:15 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Part 1 (pdf) Part 2 (pdf) Part 3 (pdf) Part 4 (pdf) Performances World Premiere: March 22, 2016, Canadian Music Centre, Toronto TorQ Percussion Quartet Recording MIDI Demo Programme Notes Pecker is the name of the main and title character in a 1998 film […]
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  • Fate at the Side Door by Frank Horvat

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    Fate at the Side Door
    2015 – for solo piano – 2:31 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording Album: Fate at the Side Door [single] Buy Song: iTunes Date: Early 2015 Location: Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer & Engineer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes I was inspired to create something a little romantic, passionate and timeless. Enjoy! – Frank Horvat
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  • photo courtesy of Sheila VooDoo

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    SKI Club
    2014- for 17 characters, (6f & 4m actors) – 90mins book & lyrics by Catherine Frid music by Frank Horvat Performances Staged Reading: Big Ideas Festival May 13, 2015 Alumnae Theatre, Toronto Canada Plot SKI Club is a big-hearted musical in development about four seniors who plot to escape from their retirement home. LT#135
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  • Katya Tchoubar

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    To Fly
    2013 – for soprano, violin, cello & piano – 4:06 composed by Frank Horvat & Katya Tchoubar Sheet Music Score (pdf) Soprano Part (pdf) Violin Part (pdf) Cello Part (pdf) Piano Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: September 3, 2013 Katya Tchoubar (soprano), Oleksandra Fedyshyn (violin), Erika Nielsen (cello), Frank Horvat (piano) Casa Loma, Toronto Canada […]
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  • Album: Strange Machine by The Frank Horvat Band

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    Take From Me
    2014 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 5:58 Recording Album: Strange Machine Buy Song: iTunes or CDBaby Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat, Christine Duncan (vocals), Justin Haynes (guitar), Joseph Phillips (bass) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin                 Lyrics Four months to fell […]
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  • Album: Strange Machine by The Frank Horvat Band

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    Ultimate Killing Machine
    2014 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 3:46 Recording Album: Strange Machine Buy Song: iTunes or CDBaby Date: May-August 2014 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (organ pedal), Thom Gill (vocals & guitar), Bram Gielen (bass), Jean Martin (percussion), Felicity Williams (bg vocals), Kismet Cooper (bg vocals), Oleksandra Fedyshyn (violin), Erika Nielsen (cello) […]
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  • Album: Strange Machine by The Frank Horvat Band

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    Tool
    2014 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 2:04 Recording Album: Strange Machine Buy Song: iTunes or CDBaby Date: May-August 2014 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano), Thom Gill (guitar), Bram Gielen (bass), Jean Martin (percussion) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin                 LT#104
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  • Album: Strange Machine by The Frank Horvat Band

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    Human Cyborg
    2014 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 4:41 Recording Album: Strange Machine Buy Song: iTunes or CDBaby Date: May-August 2014 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano), Ghislain Aucoin (vocals), Thom Gill (guitar), Bram Gielen (bass), Jean Martin (percussion), Felicity Williams (bg vocals), Kismet Cooper (bg vocals) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin   […]
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  • Album: Strange Machine by The Frank Horvat Band

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    Do You Ever Notice?
    2014 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 3:53 Recording Album: Strange Machine Buy Song: iTunes or CDBaby Date: May-August 2014 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano), Thom Gill (vocals & guitar), Bram Gielen (bass), Jean Martin (percussion) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin                 Lyrics Do […]
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  • Album: Strange Machine by The Frank Horvat Band

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    The Drill
    2014 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 3:06 Recording Album: Strange Machine Buy Song: iTunes or CDBaby Date: May-August 2014 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano), Ghislain Aucoin (vocals), Thom Gill (guitar), Bram Gielen (bass), Jean Martin (percussion) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin                 Lyrics […]
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  • Album: Strange Machine by The Frank Horvat Band

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    fishworshipper
    2014 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 3:07 Recording Album: Strange Machine Buy Song: iTunes or CDBaby Date: May-August 2014 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (organ), Felicity Williams (vocals), Thom Gill (guitar), Bram Gielen (bass), Jean Martin (percussion), Oleksandra Fedyshyn (violin), Erika Nielsen (cello) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin       […]
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  • Album: Strange Machine by The Frank Horvat Band

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    Strange Machine
    2012 – for The Frank Horvat Band – 5:00 Recording Album: Strange Machine Buy Song: iTunes or CDBaby Date: March-June 2013 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat, Justin Haynes (guitar), Michael Davidson (vibraphone) Producer & Engineer: Jean Martin                 LT#072
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  • Couple Married 72 Years Dies Holding Hands - Piece for Orchestra - Horvat

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    Couple Married 72 Years Dies…
    …Holding Hands 2015 – clarinet concerto for full orchestra – 20:00 Sheet Music Score – 1st mov (pdf) Score – 2nd mov (pdf) Score – 3rd mov (pdf) [please contact me for the complete parts] Performances World Premiere: May 9, 2015, Toronto, Canada Michael Westwood (clarinet) Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by John Palmer) Other […]
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  • Honour and Reality by Frank Horvat

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    Honour and Reality
    2014 – for men’s chorus (TTBB), a cappella – 6:15 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording MIDI Demo Programme Notes In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the start of World War I, I used the creation of this piece as a means to imagine what it must have been like, both on the home front […]
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  • Schedule of a Live-aholic!

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    Schedule of a Live-aholic!
    People often ask how I do so many different things in my musical life. I often curtly reply, “it’s easy…no kids, no house, no money and I’m home all day… So what else is there to do?!?!” But time management is something I’ve always been cognizant of in my life. I’ve touched on this in […]
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  • Boy with flower

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    Proud to be a Momma’s Boy!
    I’ve previously used my blog to talk about how special my mom is to me. A recent phone conversation with her confirmed this sentiment… I recently had 3 performances of a new composition of mine for violin and piano performed in Montreal and Ottawa. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend any of these performances. […]
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  • Frank Horvat in Studio at Canterbury

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    4 Albums, 1 Year – Update #6
    If you read Lisa’s guest blog post last month, you’ll know that we’ve hit a bit of a wall in the $$$ department. Despite the financial support of FACTOR and the Ontario Arts Council, our budget has run into the red in completing the four albums, despite running a tight ship and attempting to keep […]
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  • A Secret Streamlet by Frank Horvat

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    What Does Freedom Sound Like?
    It was earlier this year that the violinist, Ralitsa Tcholakova, asked if I could compose a piece for violin and piano that recognized the fall of the Berlin Wall in the late 1980s. What resulted was A Secret Streamlet, a flowing piece inspired by a defiant letter that the then Czech playwright and activist, Vaclav […]
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  • St. Joe's Middle School in Ottawa

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    Shame Revealed Through Music
    When Michael Westwood asked me to compose a new piece for the November 9 concert in his Toronto chamber music series, I said sure! When he suggested that the piece be on a theme around memories, I got more than I bargained for. Various chapters in my life flooded my heart and soul, many very […]
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  • Frank Horvat on plane delays

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    The Sour Taste of Delay – Video Blog
    Postlude: Five hours late but we arrived home safe and sound. All with positive and negative attitudes made it back at the same time!
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  • Sunny Side

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    Keep on the Sunny Side
    Before you read this post, I would kindly ask you to do the following: Listen to this song on YouTube Follow along with the lyrics on Wikipedia Now doesn’t that put a smile on your face? If it doesn’t, why not? And BTW, I empathize if this song doesn’t make you happy. Sometimes happy people […]
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  • Frank Horvat in Studio at Canterbury

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    4 Albums, 1 Year – Update #5
    As Frank got over the hump of recording half of his upcoming four albums, even the most focused artist begins to ask, ‘So… How are we doing financially?’ When I began to hesitantly say, ‘Well, the budgets are… complicated…’, I somehow ended up getting the task of writing this month’s update – all about budgets! […]
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  • Frank Horvat's 2016 calendar

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    Christmas is How Soon???
    My Swollen TDL for the rest of 2016 Earlier this week, I took a moment to cross reference my things-to-do-list with my calendar and I was shocked and a bit scared. Here’s my list of what I need to get done by the end of the year… Compose an album of tense, asian-inspired, Film/TV music […]
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  • Mvt 4 - somChAi nEElApAijit - photo by Luke Duggleby/Protection International

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    Artistic Collaboration out of Brutality
    Much of my musical output tends to either explore the beauty of people-kind, or the sheer horror of it. When coming up with ideas for a new composition, I usually look around me for some inspiration within one of these 2 sentiments. May 23rd of this year was no different. Lisa had suggested I compose […]
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  • The Week After - Frank Horvat

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    The Week After…15 Years Later
    A couple of weeks ago, I looked at the calendar and realized that the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks was almost here. I had not thought about that day for some time, which is surprising to me since it was a day that was etched in my heart and mind for so long. […]
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  • Frank Horvat in Studio at Canterbury

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    4 Albums, 1 Year – Update #4
    Unlike July, August was thankfully more productive. But Lisa and I still feel behind. Perhaps we’re over our heads. What made us think that we could organize and execute the recording of four albums of my compositions all in one year??? Not too mention, other projects at the same time?!? Despite the angst, we feel […]
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  • Trailer Park Boys

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    Five Things I’m Ashamed to Admit That I Enjoy
    Well, I’ve used my blog to share a lot of personal stuff about myself in the past. But I have to admit I took pause about sharing this post. It will be interesting to see if any of you who know me well are shocked by any of this. And for those who don’t know […]
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  • If I Were A Rich Man - photo by Eneas De Troya

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    If I Were A Rich Man…
    So even me, the tree hugging, commie, arty-farty lefty, sometimes thinks about how my life would be different if I were rich. First off, let me be perfectly clear that I consider myself to be a very LUCKY person, but a very lucky middle-class person, to be more specific. I’m lucky because I have a […]
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  • The Rings

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    The Best (and worst) Olympic Sports
    Despite being super busy these days, I’m still allowing some leisure time to watch the Summer Olympics. I’m a big sports fan and so the Olympics are a perfect opportunity to sample so many different sports, that I’ll be honest, I would never watch if the Olympics didn’t make it all nice and easy to […]
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Reviews

  • Stuart DerdeynStuart Derdeyntheprovince.com

    ...put something together that really can be compared to Pink Floyd and the more out there aspects of Bjork... A must hear.

  • Cyrus RhodesCyrus Rhodesmusemuse.com

    The soundscapes are interesting, infectious, and hypnotic. The CD
    [I Can See You] works best for those who want musical ambiance to fill their sonic space. I found the listening experience quite refreshing, highly original and unique.

  • John TeraudsJohn Teraudsmusicaltoronto.org

    Frank Horvat is one of the few pianists whose living includes performing the music they themselves have created. It’s interesting that, during these anniversary years for Chopin and Liszt, the two seminal composer-pianists, I haven’t noticed many people stopping to appreciate those who carry on that tradition.

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