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

Album Sampler

  1. Ode to the Evil Patty Hewes - III. Brilliant Edwin Huizinga (violin), Frank Horvat (piano) more... 05:33
  2. Empathy, Compassion, and Finding Happiness in Our Troubled World Frank Horvat more... 03:27
  3. Music for Self-Isolation - Cello Amahl Arulanandam (cello) more... 01:47
  4. Life for Mars Frank Horvat (piano) more... 05:28
  5. A Little Loopy Sharlene Wallace (harp) more... 09:54
  6. I Wait For You Edwin Huizinga (violin), Erika Nielsen (cello), Gregory Millar (piano) more... 03:44
  7. The Thailand HRDs, mvt. 23 Mivos Quartet more...
  8. Diverging Crossroads Frank Horvat (piano) more... 08:32
  9. Bliss Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) more... 10:10
  10. Whistleblower Jamie Thompson (flute), Erika Nielsen (cello), Daniel Morphy (marimba), Frank Horvat (electric piano) more... 09:55
  11. Return to East Aleppo Frank Horvat (piano) more... 05:09
  12. Memories of a Place Past – St. Joe’s Trio Dell'aria more... 14:05
  13. fishworshipper The Frank Horvat Band more... 03:06
  14. Starsky & Hutch Frank Horvat (piano) more... 03:36
  15. The Hurting Game The Frank Horvat Band more... 01:35
  16. The Week After Frank Horvat (piano) more... 10:06
  17. The Man, the Snake and the Fox, movt. 5 Ron Korb (flute), Ralitsa Tcholakova (violin), Benjamin Smith (piano) more... 01:54
  18. The Dignity Song Romy Mounzer (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) more... 04:39

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  • Two Hearts in Concert (Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash)

    Latest Compositions

    Two Hearts In Concert
    2021 – for violin and viola – 3:15 Premiere Performance World Premiere: July 21, 2021, Edmonton, Canada Fabiola Amorim (viola), Vladimir Rufino (violin) Recording coming Fall 2021 Programme Notes When the Amorim-Rufino Duo approached me to compose a new piece for them, I was very delighted by the opportunity. Fabiola and Vladimir are not just […]
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  • Music for Self-Isolation album cover

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    Together in Spirit
    2020 – for large ensemble or orchestra – 4:00 Sheet Music/Score Original Large Ensemble (pdf) Orchestral Arrangement (pdf) [please contact me for the complete parts] Performances World Premiere: Oct 3, 2021, Pan Pacific Ballroom, Toronto North York Concert Orchestra Recording Album: Music for Self-Isolation Date: April 9, 2021 Musician(s): Amahl Arulanandam, Tara Baxendale, John Campbell, […]
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  • Staccato Etude for Trumpet by Frank Horvat (photo by Fede Casanova on Unsplash)

    Latest Compositions

    Staccato Etude for Trumpet
    2021 – for trumpet with or without marimba accompaniment – 3:15 Sheet Music Trumpet Part (pdf) Score (includes marimba part) (pdf) Programme Notes Commissioned by The World Trumpet Society and Richard Stoelzel/President of The World Trumpet Society, for the Daniel Patrylak Memorial Trumpet Competition. A special thank you to the SSHRC Connection Grant for making […]
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  • Empathy, Compassion, and Finding Happiness in Our Troubled World by Frank Horvat

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    Empathy, Compassion, & Find…
    Empathy, Compassion, and Finding Happiness in Our Troubled World 2020 – electronic – 3:27   Recording Album: Happiness in a Troubled World Date: January 15, 2021 Composer & Producer: Frank Horvat Mixed & Mastered: Jean Martin Label: I Am Who I Am Records Programme Notes In the 15th and final chapter of the book, The […]
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  • Happiness in a Troubled World album by Frank Horvat

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    Finding Our Common Humanity
    2020 – electronic – 7:53 Recording Album: Happiness in a Troubled World Date: January 15, 2021 Composer & Producer: Frank Horvat Mixed & Mastered: Jean Martin Label: I Am Who I Am Records Programme Notes In Chapter 14 of the book, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, The Dalai Lama says… “If we […]
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  • Happiness in a Troubled World album by Frank Horvat

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    Positive Emotions and Building…
    Positive Emotions and Building a New World 2020 – electronic – 7:36 Recording Album: Happiness in a Troubled World Date: January 15, 2021 Composer & Producer: Frank Horvat Mixed & Mastered: Jean Martin Label: I Am Who I Am Records Programme Notes In Chapter 13 of the book, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled […]
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  • Inner Happiness Outer Happiness and Trust by Frank Horvat

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    Inner Happiness, Outer Happi…
    Inner Happiness, Outer Happiness and Trust 2020 – electronic – 4:57   Recording Album: Happiness in a Troubled World Date: January 15, 2021 Composer & Producer: Frank Horvat Mixed & Mastered: Jean Martin Label: I Am Who I Am Records Programme Notes In Chapter 12 of the book, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled […]
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  • Happiness in a Troubled World album by Frank Horvat

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    Hope, Optimism and Resilience
    2020 – electronic – 5:56 Recording Album: Happiness in a Troubled World Date: January 15, 2021 Composer & Producer: Frank Horvat Mixed & Mastered: Jean Martin Label: I Am Who I Am Records Programme Notes In Chapter 11 of the book, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, The Dalai Lama quotes one of […]
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  • Coping with a Troubled World by Frank Horvat

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    Coping with a Troubled World
    2020 – electronic – 3:07   Recording Album: Happiness in a Troubled World Date: January 15, 2021 Composer & Producer: Frank Horvat Mixed & Mastered: Jean Martin Label: I Am Who I Am Records Programme Notes In Chapter 10 of the book, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World, The Dalai Lama says… “Much […]
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  • Lorna's Metamorphosis by Frank Horvat (photo by Ian Parker)

    Latest Compositions

    Lorna’s Metamorphosis
    2020 – for vibraphone, 2 marimbists, piano, timpani & fixed electronics – 10:30 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Vibraphone Part (pdf) Marimba 1 Part (pdf) Marimba 2 Part (pdf) Piano (pdf) Timpani (pdf) [please contact me for the fixed electronics sound file] Recording Album: Project Dovetail Date: October 22, 2021 Musician(s): TorQ Percussion Quartet – Richard […]
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  • Positivity by Frank Horvat (Photo by Devin Avery on Unsplash)

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    Positivity
    2019 – for violin & marimba – 60:00 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes Composing this piece is part of an on-going mission for me, both creatively and personally, to simply be happy and positive. For a person like me who battles depression, that can be a challenging task. But these days, my inner aura […]
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  • PANDEMIC STORIES by Frank Horvat

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    Music for Self-Isolation: Stories
    Please visit the Music for Self-Isolation website.
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  • Unity in Distress by Frank Horvat (photo by Jr Korpa on Unsplash)

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    Unity in Distress
    2020 – for string quartet – 2:00 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Violin 1 Part (pdf) Violin 2 Part (pdf) Viola Part (pdf) Cello Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: Oct 2, 2021, Forest Grove United Church, Toronto Odin Quartet Other Performances: Oct 12, 2021, Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Toronto Odin Quartet Programme Notes I composed this […]
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  • I Am Not Alone by Frank Horvat

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    I Am Not Alone
    2020 – 5-part student violin ensemble – 2:00 Sheet Music Score (PDF) PURCHASE PARTS Violin 1 Part (PDF) Violin 2 Part (PDF) Violin 3 Part (PDF) Violin 4 Part (PDF) Violin 5 Part (PDF) Programme Notes I composed this piece at home in the Spring of 2020. I, like most of the world, was in […]
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  • Pedalling to Ecuador (Photo by Maxi Corrado on Unsplash)

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    Pedal Music
    2020 (5-movement suite for various instruments) Performing Forces & Duration Frame (20min) Based on the opening theme of Handel’s Water Music – Suite No. 1, 1. Overture String Quintet and Marimba Score (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola 1, Viola 2, Cello, 4-octave Marimba) (Alternate arrangement for String Quartet and Marimba also available.) Rim (20min) Based […]
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  • Music for Self-Isolation by Frank Horvat

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    Music for Self-Isolation
    2020 – suite of solos and duos for various instruments and voice – 2:00 minutes each As a composer, I was feeling helpless at home during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, I realized I could at least provide my musical friends with new compositions while they were spending time in self-isolation. So […]
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  • Earth Hour 2 composed by Frank Horvat (photo by Daniel Olah)

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    Earth Hour 2
    2019 – piano & optional fixed electronics at end of piece – 60:00 Sheet Music Score (pdf) [please contact me for the fixed electronics sound file] Recording Album: A Little Dark Music 2 Date: March 27, 2020 Musician(s): Frank Horvat Producer: Frank Horvat Location: Canterbury Music, Toronto Label: I Am Who I Am Programme Notes […]
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  • I Love You by Frank Horvat (Photo by Ali Yahya on Unsplash)

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    I Love You
    2019 – for 16 pre-recorded voices – 11:50   Programme Notes I invited members of the public to submit an audio clip of themselves saying or singing, ‘I Love You’. I got such a wide array of material – poignant timbres in peoples’ spoken voices, passionate singing, farcical delivery and everything in between. I took […]
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  • 7 Pianos by Frank Horvat (Photo by Fabian-Bachli on Unsplash)

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    7 Pianos
    2018 – for 7 pianos – 14:30 Sheet Music Piano 1 (pdf) Piano 2 (pdf) Piano 3 (pdf) Piano 4 (pdf) Piano 5 (pdf) Piano 6 (pdf) Piano 7 (pdf) Recording Album: What Goes Around Date: October 25, 2019 Musician(s): Frank Horvat Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin Location: Canterbury Music Co., Toronto Label: Centrediscs […]
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  • What Goes Around album by Frank Horvat

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    Sunken Carousel
    2012 – for Celtic harp, 2 marimbas, piano, double bass – 10:30 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Harp & Marimba 1 Part (pdf) Marimba 2 Part (pdf) Piano Part (pdf) Double Bass Part (pdf)   Recording Album: What Goes Around Date: October 25, 2019 Musician(s): Sharlene Wallace, Michael Davidson, Frank Horvat, Joseph Phillips Producer: Frank Horvat […]
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  • A Little Loopy by Frank Horvat

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    A Little Loopy
    2014 – for 4 harps – 10:00   Recording Album: What Goes Around Date: October 25, 2019 Musician(s): Sharlene Wallace Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin Location: THE FARM, Toronto Label: Centrediscs Programme Notes The phrase ‘a little loopy’ often implies something eccentric, crazy or confusing. This is not the case with this composition. This […]
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  • To My Mother by Frank Horvat (Photo by Jon Flobrant on Unsplash)

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    To My Mother
    2019 – clarinet in A & piano – 7:50 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Clarinet Part (pdf) Programme Notes Inspired by the poem… To My Mother Christina Rossetti – 1830-1894 To-day’s your natal day; Sweet flowers I bring: Mother, accept, I pray My offering. And may you happy live, And long us bless; Receiving as you […]
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  • Fake News by Frank Horvat (Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash)

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    Fake News
    2018 – cello & piano – 6:45 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes When I was a kid, sometimes I couldn’t help myself but flatulate when in public. The best way to deflect attention from the fact that I had just emitted gaseous matter from my body was to scream, “ooh, who farted???”, as loud […]
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  • Life Span by Frank Horvat (Photo by Marcus Castro on Unsplash)

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    Life Span
    2018 – string quartet – 10:10 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes At the time I composed these programme notes for this composition, I had been a living human being on this planet for 44 years, 5 months and 14 days. According to one of those online life expectancy calendars, I can expect to live […]
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  • Oblivion by Frank Horvat (Photo by Amy Shamblen on Unsplash)

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    Oblivion
    2018 – string quartet – 8:20 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes Oh, how “delightful” to go through life completely oblivious to the world around you. Oblivious to the abuses against our air and water, against the fundamental rights for all humans, against love and compassion. No, you live in this mindless bubble where you […]
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  • Music for Self-Isolation

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    Music for Self-Isolation
    Recorded at Toronto's iconic (and empty) Roy Thomson Hall, in the three days before another COVID-19 lockdown in January 2021. This album is a culmination of a project that has been evolving over a year in collaboration with musicians around the world.
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    "It takes a special skill to be able to create a whole atmosphere in a work that is just 2 minutes long."
    – BBC Radio 3
  • Project Dovetail

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    Project Dovetail
    Frank Horvat’s final release in a trilogy that covers the epic year that has been. This latest emotionally fervent album, featuring some of Canada’s top chamber musicians, showcases the continued importance of art in our world.
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    "Frank Horvat has carved a niche for himself among today’s composers, wearing his fragile heart on his sleeve..."
    – CBC Music
  • Happiness in a Troubled World album

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    Happiness in a Troubled World
    From this surprise release of new music courtesy of award-winning Canadian composer, Frank Horvat, comes the soothing and meditative sounds of Happiness in a Troubled World.
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    "Frank Horvat's minimalism is attractive, bright-coloured…Also surprising."
    – WholeNote Magazine
  • A Little Dark Music 2 album

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    A Little Dark Music vol. 2
    Composer and pianist Frank Horvat returns a decade later with a follow-up album to his original instru- mental ode to the planet. A Little Dark Music 2 is introspective and powerful, a very personal reaction to the current state of our planet ten years on. Angry yet full of hope and beauty.
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    "…it’s an important piece of musical art that needs to be heard"
    – MainlyPiano.com
  • What Goes Around

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    What Goes Around
    Centrediscs is proud to present, What Goes Around, a minimalist chamber album by Canadian composer Frank Horvat, featuring Beverley Johnston, Peter Stoll and Sharlene Wallace.
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  • For Those Who Died Trying

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    For Those Who Died Trying
    World-renowned Mivos Quartet records these 35 movements inspired by a photo essay by photographer, Luke Duggleby
    Video: Juilliard String Quartet
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    "Performed with intensity and poise by the Mivos Quartet...the resulting [musical] tributes are poignant."
    – BBC Music Magazine
  • Love in 6 Stages

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    Love in 6 Stages
    From Gaze to Lust to Bliss and on in a downward spiral, Love in 6 Stages takes you through the journey of an ill-fated relationship using the simplicity of voice and piano.
    Video: Lust
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    "A work where minimalism meets art song and where the two milieus collide in the visceral physicality and psychology of love...the six aspects of love turn into something superbly aerodynamic."
    – WholeNote Magazine
  • You Haven't Been

    DISCOGRAPHY

    You Haven't Been
    A follow-up response to Horvat’s first solo piano album a decade earlier (I’ll Be Good), You Haven’t Been takes on a beautiful and captivating tone. Introspective, full of hope and despair, the music looks at this storytelling pianist’s own struggles with mental health.
    Video: Diverging Crossroads
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    "...so deeply personal that listening to the music requires an intrusive mindset…recording the events of this long and difficult expedition in deeply personal and profoundly beautiful music."
    – WholeNote Magazine
  • The Current Agenda

    DISCOGRAPHY

    The Current Agenda
    Social justice music of today, in a powerful, brutal and heartfelt electro-chamber package.
    Video: 08/14/13 - Cairo
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    "Horvat focuses his outward vision and glares at the world in all its nakedness. What he sees results in music filled with anger, a mesmeric and hypnotic visual account of a world gone mad."
    – WholeNote Magazine
  • Me to We

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    Me to We
    An utterly emotional exploration of the potency of love. The music will wrench your heart apart and then piece it back together again.
    Video: I Wait For You
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    "...warm sounds that evoke healing, through music that is mysterious and exotic as well as long limbed and almost aria like without the vocals." – WholeNote Magazine
  • 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. Pure energy that comes straight out of your speakers directly into your heart and soul. Video: Strange Machine
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    "These songs will grant one rare access to peer into the soul of a quintessential artist and tormented soul that none of us can get enough of." – Indie Music Review
  • 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. Video: Inspired by the One I Love
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    "The soundscapes are interesting, infectious, and hypnotic…"
  • A LIttle Dark Music

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    A Little Dark Music
    An ambient yet powerful collection of compositions featuring four introspective tracks exploring real-world themes. Video: Earth Hour
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    "Earth Hour really should be heard as one continuous piece, a journey... Highly recommended."
    - WholeNote Magazine
  • 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."
  • Project Dovetail album by Frank Horvat (Centrediscs release)

    Recent Posts

    Inspired To Be My Best
    Today, I’m doing something for the 14th time in my career…releasing a new album! You might think that with so many albums out there, it must be old hat. Au contraire, it’s always very exciting! From the time an album is conceived to the day you release it, it’s usually a very lengthy process. But […]
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  • Bow River, Banff, Alberta

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    Banff – Final Week Recap
    What an amazing 4 weeks it’s been in Banff! From Week 1’s physical intensity to Week 2 and 3’s beautiful and inspiring views, it’s culminated so nicely in this final week of intense composing…with just a bit more hiking thrown in there… Hike #8 – In Town You actually don’t have to leave the town […]
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  • Moraine Lake

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    Banff – Week 2 & 3 Recap
    What an amazing 3 weeks it’s been for Lisa and I at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity…and I still have another week to go in my 4-week artist residency. Why am I here? Check out my Week 1 recap. In the meantime, here are the highlights of my hiking adventures these past 2 […]
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  • Fractures - a song cycle

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    New Project Announcement: FRACTURES
    I am happy to announce a new artivist project I will start composing very soon. It’s called Fractures, a song cycle about the harmful practice of fracking. Thanks to the generous support from the Ontario Arts Council, acclaimed soprano, Meredith Hall, has commissioned me to compose 13 songs for piano and voice that will make […]
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  • Lake Agnes

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    Banff – Week 1 Recap
    Yes, I am presently in Banff! And as a Canadian musician, all I can say is FINALLY! It’s been my lifelong dream to come here and make music, and my dream has come true. I was actually supposed to be here August 2020 but the pandemic delayed it until now. The Banff Centre campus is […]
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  • Things I Listen To...
  • Trees

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    shinrin yoku
    One the simple pleasures for me this summer has been to sit under trees in our neighbourhood park. Their shade coupled with the breeze off Lake Ontario has been truly refreshing, cleansing and therapeutic. I recently discovered that there’s a name for such a thing…forest bathing! Known as shinrin yoku, it’s an accepted part of […]
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  • Berry Coconut Cheesecake

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    Berry Berry Fun & Yummy
    It being summer, Lisa and I felt compelled to make our berry torte this week. It tastes SO GOOD!! It’s just the right balance of tart and sweet. It’s got a nice thin crust made from dates and the top part is this amazing taste explosion of berries. We also like to sprinkle some coconut […]
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  • Pristine Urban Nature

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    Pristine Urban Nature
    Each morning, I take a walk along a remote gravel path surrounded by an endless lake, flowers, trees (some of which grow fruit), birds and various other furry creatures. You might think that I live in a rural area, but this park is actually in my home city (and busy metropolis) of Toronto. I’ve often […]
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  • The Long Point Biosphere Reserve

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    The Importance of Being Uncomfortable
    The actor, Ashton Kutcher, once said, “I’m continually trying to make choices that put me against my own comfort zone. As long as you’re uncomfortable, it means you’re growing.” This sentiment particularly resonates with me. I tend to strive on having everything exactly the way I want it. I’m very particular. I function best with […]
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  • Nourished Roots with Haley and Paddy at the farmer's market

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    Shout-Out to the Farmers!
    One of the wonderful initiatives in my Toronto community is the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market. From May to October, a good chunk of our vegetables come from Haley and Paddy and their Nourished Roots organic farm. Their stand at the market is brimming with the most colourful, nutritious, and yummy produce you can get. They’ve […]
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  • Summer 2021

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    5 Things I’m Looking Forward to This Summer
    1. Scoring. I just blinked and have realized that many of my compositions for acoustic instruments need their score (aka sheet music) to be updated. In the past, I have had a love-hate relationship in prepping the score and parts for my compositions. But I’m feeling excited about getting these revisions done. I’m proud of […]
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  • Last Teaching Weekend Before Summer

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    The Joy of Teaching
    Today is my final day teaching piano for this school year. That feels more poignant than past years as I have spent most of 20-21 only being able to see my students online. We all survived thanks to technology. But, also thanks to our collective enjoyment of music. I can’t remember a past time where […]
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  • Spotify Playlist - Limitless Music Discoveries

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    Coming Together on Spotify
    One of my favourite daily rituals is listening to music. These days, I’m using Spotify as my main source to listen and discover new music. I recently went out of my way to see how many of my own personal connections and music colleagues have their music on Spotify. I was surprised to see many […]
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  • Good Friday Isolation

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    Today’s Outlook
    I look out the window and everything is quiet. Toronto remains in lockdown but it’s also a holiday…Good Friday. It’s also 1 week before the new album comes out. Something that started as a reaction to the pandemic and it’s become one of my most special musical and life experiences. Normally, such an experience would […]
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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.

  • Raul da GamaRaul da Gamathewholenote.com

    Frank Horvat is one of the most inventive song writers to come out of the contemporary scene in Canada. ...duos appear to tear through the composer's innards not simply to discover his heart, but to gather its myriad pieces and bind them back together again. Horvat's work is exquisitely eventful and almost insidiously
    effective.

  • John TeraudsJohn Teraudsmusicaltoronto.org

    Toronto pianist [and composer] Frank Horvat likes to do things his way, not anyone else's. He ignores genre boundaries and isn’t afraid to mix politics with art.

  • ThomThom Ellisindie music review

    These songs will grant one rare access to peer into the soul of a quintessential artist and tormented soul that none of us can get enough of.

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