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

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  1. Starsky & Hutch Frank Horvat Buy 03:36
  2. If Not Us, Then Who? Michael Westwood (clarinet), Erika Nielsen (cello), Gregory Millar (piano) 10:27
  3. The Hurting Game The Frank Horvat Band Buy 01:35
  4. Return to East Aleppo Frank Horvat Buy 05:09
  5. fishworshipper The Frank Horvat Band Buy 03:06
  6. The Week After Frank Horvat Buy 10:06

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  • Piano Piece No. 5 by Frank Horvat

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    Piano Piece No. 5
    2015 – 4 hands / 2 pianos – 9:00 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Programme Notes Unlike many of my compositions, this piece is not programmatic, as is evident by the nondescript title. That being said, when I listen to it, I can see much of my own personality and favourite musical characteristics: motoric, percussive, unsettled, […]
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  • Return to East Aleppo

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    Return to East Aleppo
    2017 – piano & electronics – 5:12 Recording Album: Never Again Is Now Buy Album: The Aleppo Music Project Musicians: Various including Frank Horvat (piano)   Programme Notes On January 18, 2017, I read an article on BBC News’ web site by journalist, Jeremy Brown, who provided a detailed first-hand account of the return of […]
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  • Fifth-Ninth Index

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    Fifty-Ninth Index
    2015 – electronic – 3:45 Programme Notes I composed this electronic work as my contribution to an online arts project entitled 58 (+1) INDICES ON THE BODY. The project, a collaboration between the AMAE Art Collective, artist Pier Giorgio De Pinto and the philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, called on composers to create a work that would […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Despair
    2016 – solo piano – 2:45 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording coming Fall 2017 (please ask if you require it before then) Album: You Haven’t Been Releasing: Fall 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes Then bitter self-reproaches as I stood I dealt me silently As one […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Distant
    2016 – solo piano – 3:22 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording coming Fall 2017 (please ask if you require it before then) Album: You Haven’t Been Releasing: Fall 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes Yes, I can be quite distant. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes bad. It’s […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Longing
    2016 – solo piano – 3:38 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording coming Fall 2017 (please ask if you require it before then) Album: You Haven’t Been Releasing: Fall 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes I am constantly longing. Often, I don’t even know what I’m longing […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Crossroads Where I Stand
    2015 – solo piano – 3:50 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording coming Fall 2017 (please ask if you require it before then) Album: You Haven’t Been Releasing: Fall 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes Do you ever wish you had taken another path? Made a different […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Realizations
    2015 – solo piano – 3:05 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording coming Fall 2017 (please ask if you require it before then) Album: You Haven’t Been Releasing: Fall 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes Often when I’m alone within my own thoughts, I will come to […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Goodbye Louisa
    2015 – solo piano – 4:28 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording coming Fall 2017 (please ask if you require it before then) Album: You Haven’t Been Releasing: Fall 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes I was with Louisa for 8 years. In that time, she gave […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Desolate Heart
    2016 – solo piano – 2:43 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording coming Fall 2017 (please ask if you require it before then) Album: You Haven’t Been Releasing: Fall 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes I cannot put into words what it feels like to walk through […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Crestfallen
    2016 – solo piano – 3:06 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording coming Fall 2017 (please ask if you require it before then) Album: You Haven’t Been Releasing: Fall 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes Bury me whole in Autumn leaves, In golden clusters lay me down, […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Just One Moment
    2015 – for one piano, three hands – 2:30 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording coming Fall 2017 (please ask if you require it before then) Album: You Haven’t Been Releasing: Fall 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes Do you ever get that slight glimmer of hope? […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    My Fractured Soul
    2016 – for two pianos, four hands – 3:06 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording coming Fall 2017 (please ask if you require it before then) Album: You Haven’t Been Releasing: Fall 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes I often feel broken on the inside. Then The […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Silent Struggle
    2016 – solo piano – 2:32 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording coming Fall 2017 (please ask if you require it before then) Album: You Haven’t Been Releasing: Fall 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes I often wonder why I rarely cry. I sometimes think I’m heartless, […]
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  • You Haven't Been

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    Diverging Crossroads
    2015 – solo piano – 8:33 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording coming Fall 2017 (please ask if you require it before then) Album: You Haven’t Been Releasing: Fall 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes I sometimes feel like there are many different me’s. And those different […]
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  • The It Is of Emptiness by Frank Horvat

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    The It Is of Emptiness
    2016-17 – electronic – 5:00 Programme Notes When I first started meditating, I was always under the misperception that I needed to meditate in order to make myself feel better and happier. But instead I quickly realized meditation is most effective when there’s no expectations attached to the practice. To allow one’s being to be […]
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  • Worms Can Turn by Frank Horvat

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    Worms Can Turn
    2015 – electronic – 2:50 Programme Notes There’s an ancient proverb that states “the worm will turn when trodden upon”, meaning the weakest among us will fight back when provoked. My composition attempts to push that idea one step further by stating that when in a state of danger, the worm has the ability to […]
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  • Four Season...in High Park by Frank Horvat

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    The Four Seasons…in High Park
    2013-14 – string quartet – 17:30 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Movement 1 (pdfs): Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello Movement 2 (pdfs): Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello Movement 3 (pdfs): Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello Movement 4 (pdfs): Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello Programme Notes As often-ley performed as it is, I […]
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  • What Would You Do For Love by Frank Horvat

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    What Would You Do For Love?
    2015 – trumpet & piano – 7:21 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Bb Trumpet Part (pdf) C Trumpet Part (pdf) Programme Notes This composition was inspired by a story I read in the Huffington Post back in 2013 that really touched my heart… Travis and Taesha were dating. Travis needed a kidney transplant to live. Even […]
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  • I Wait For You by Frank Horvat

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    I Wait For You
    2013 – violin, cello & piano – 3:35 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Violin Part (pdf) Cello Part (pdf) Recording coming Fall 2017 Album: Me to We Releasing: Fall 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Edwin Huizinga (violin), Gregory Millar (piano), Erika Nielsen (cello) Composed & Produced By: Frank Horvat Engineered By: Jeremy Darby & Julian […]
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  • Me by Frank Horvat

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    Me
    2016 – flute & piano – 6:05 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Flute Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: October 19, 2016, St. Anne’s Anglican Church, Toronto Jamie Thompson (flute) Gregory Millar (piano) Recording coming Fall 2017 (please ask if you require it before then) Album: Me to We Releasing: Fall 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: […]
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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) Marc Pierre Toth (piano) Quebec City Performance: July 20, 2017, Quebec City Trio Del’Aria Kripa Nageshwar (soprano) Michael Westwood (clarinet) Ruta Vaivade […]
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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) By Barbara Zalaznik Matos (violin & video) Programme Notes On April 8, 1975, the Czech writer […]
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    The Thailand HRDs
    2016-17 – for string quartet – 70:00 (2 mins/mvt.) Performances World Premiere: January 15, 2017, Dordrecht, Netherlands Rosalie de Zeeuw (violin) Maartje Rosmulder (violin) Viola Koopman (viola) Evert-Jan Hekkelman (cello) Thailand Premiere: January 31, 2017, Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre; February 4, 2017, Think Park, Chiang Mai; February 8, 2017, Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla; […]
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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] Performances World Premiere: May 7, 2016, Milton, Canada […]
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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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  • Love in 6 Stages - Producer through the eye of the composer

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    Many Months for 6 Stages
    When I work with Jean, I have two spots I like to sit: either on the couch behind him so I can hear the bigger sound, or directly to his left at the board in an old black chair that looks like it was salvaged from the set of Little House on the Prairie. I […]
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  • The Fascist First Family - Peace

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    The Fascist First Family
    A photo essay by Frank & Lisa Horvat
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  • Celebrate Pride Month

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    Straight People Don’t Need a Pride Day!
    June is Pride Month and there are many exciting events where I live in Toronto and other cities around the world to celebrate this most important month. One such event takes place on Sunday, June 18 at Lula Lounge in Toronto, where my composition, diskriminatsiya, will be performed by Christopher Lee and Vincenzo Volpe at […]
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  • I Am Who I Am Records

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    4 Albums, 1 Label
    You may remember from Frank’s “4 Albums, 1 Year” series of posts that we had plans to shop his upcoming 4 albums to record labels. So here’s the update to that part of the story! Why would you want a record label anyway? Frank’s first 4 albums, that were released from 2007-2014, were all self-released. […]
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  • Frank Horvat's Accordion

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    Accordion Comes Out of Closet
    So a lot of people don’t know this about me, but my first musical instrument was the accordion. It’s something I don’t normally talk about. I still have my childhood accordion. It stays in the closet and makes an appearance once or twice per year. Otherwise, it lives in seclusion and darkness the rest of […]
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  • Anniversary Rose

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    Happy Anniversary to Us!
    This week, Lisa and I are celebrating our 25th ‘being-together’ anniversary and our 20th wedding anniversary (May 17 & 18 respectively). When it comes to this time of year each year, everyone is always shocked by how long we’ve been together. And it is true, being in our early 40s, we have been together for […]
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  • Blogging and walking with Frank Horvat

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    Take a Walk With Me
    How many different subjects race through my mind on a three minute walk? Well, there’s Love in 6 Stages, the Museum of Contemporary Art (opening Fall 2017!?), the fabulous Jean Martin and Laura Swankey, and well, walking, of course!
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  • Rainy Week in Toronto

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    What’s Happening This Week?
    Random things happening on this first week of May 2017: My wife has extended family visiting this week. Always neat to hang out with folks that have similar mannerisms as her. Being an only child and not being surrounded by a lot of family growing up, its always fascinating to me to see how family […]
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  • Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup

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    10 What Ifs
    1. What if every single person on planet earth realized that climate change is serious and instantly implemented change to stop it? 2. What if the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup? 3. What if Lisa and I had absolutely no health problems? 4. What if Jack Layton had not died? 5. What if […]
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  • Never Again Is Now album

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    Bombing Won’t Help, But Maybe Music Can
    Last week, a new album called Never Again Is Now was released by The Aleppo Music Project. I feel fortunate and honoured to have been invited to contribute my composition, Return to East Aleppo, to this important project. My friend, Randon Purcell, is the mastermind behind this. Like me, Randon is sensitive to the injustices […]
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  • Artwork by Chris Perez

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    I Love Modern Visual Art
    Last week, Lisa joined me in Peterborough for a couple of days as I was there adjudicating at a music festival. She made the effort to make the trip as I was celebrating my birthday while there. Normally, we don’t exchange gifts for birthdays, anniversaries or Christmas, but she felt compelled to surprise me by […]
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  • Cotton Candy

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    I’ve Lived 43 Years and I Haven’t…
    Today, I turn 43. I continue to maintain the same attitude I’ve always had about birthdays – it’s just a number. I don’t wish I was younger. I am content with who I am and what point I’ve reached in the evolution of my life. The one thing I can’t help do around my birthday […]
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  • homophobic world

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    Around a Homophobic World
    Being a straight, married guy, I might not fit the traditional mould of what you’d expect as an LGBTQ activist. But I’m proud to wear that label! For me, the persecution of the LGBTQ community anywhere in this vast world is a clear violation of basic, universal human rights. Anyone who espouses this persecution is […]
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  • Earth Hour concert in Regina

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    Earth Hour – The Light In My Life
    Saturday, March 25 is Earth Hour. I always get excited at this time of year because I share strong feelings about the importance of Earth Hour’s mandate. And from a creative standpoint, Earth Hour has given me such a wonderful platform to share my music and feelings. It all started on March 28, 2009, when […]
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  • SKI Club Recording Session

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    Heading into ‘New Waters’ with the Musical
    If you didn’t know, I’ve been working on composing music for a musical called SKI Club since December 2014, and it’s still not done. That might seem like a long time, but the thing I’ve learned about working on this project is that it takes a long time for a musical to come together. I […]
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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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