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

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  1. A Little Loopy Sharlene Wallace (harp) more... 09:54
  2. I Wait For You Edwin Huizinga (violin), Erika Nielsen (cello), Gregory Millar (piano) more... 03:44
  3. The Thailand HRDs, mvt. 23 Mivos Quartet more...
  4. Diverging Crossroads Frank Horvat (piano) more... 08:32
  5. Void Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) more... 10:01
  6. Whistleblower Jamie Thompson (flute), Erika Nielsen (cello), Daniel Morphy (marimba), Frank Horvat (electric piano) more... 09:55
  7. Return to East Aleppo Frank Horvat (piano) more... 05:09
  8. fishworshipper The Frank Horvat Band more... 03:06
  9. The Man, the Snake and the Fox, movt. 5 Ron Korb (flute), Ralitsa Tcholakova (violin), Benjamin Smith (piano) more... 01:54
  10. Starsky & Hutch Frank Horvat (piano) more... 03:36
  11. The Hurting Game The Frank Horvat Band more... 01:35
  12. The Week After Frank Horvat (piano) more... 10:06
  13. The Dignity Song Romy Mounzer (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) more... 04:39

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  • I Love You by Frank Horvat (Photo by Ali Yahya on Unsplash)

    Latest Compositions

    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 this […]
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  • 7 Pianos by Frank Horvat (Photo by Fabian-Bachli on Unsplash)

    Latest Compositions

    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, marimba, piano, double bass – 10:30 Recording Album: What Goes Around Date: October 25, 2019 Musician(s): Sharlene Wallace, Michael Davidson, Frank Horvat, Joseph Phillips Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin Location: THE FARM and Canterbury Music Co., Toronto Label: Centrediscs Programme Notes This piece was originally intended to be released […]
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  • A Little Loopy by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    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 piece […]
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  • To My Mother by Frank Horvat (Photo by Jon Flobrant on Unsplash)

    Latest Compositions

    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)

    Latest Compositions

    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)

    Latest Compositions

    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)

    Latest Compositions

    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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  • For Those Who Died Trying (photo by Luke Duggleby / Protection International)

    Latest Compositions

    The Thailand HRDs
    2016-17 – for string quartet – 70:00 (35-movements, each movement is 2 minutes) Commissioned by Protection International   Recipient of the 2017 Kathleen McMorrow Music Award Happening NOW: #music4HRDs Sheet Music Score (pdf) “It is impossible to escape Frank Horvat’s mystical hypothesis that music is somehow part of all human DNA…a testament to the genius of […]
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  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

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    An Understated Resolve
    2014 – solo piano – 3:42 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording Album: You Haven’t Been Buy Piece: iTunes Date: September 20, 2017 Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat   Programme Notes This composition is dedicated to a friend who always shows grace, wisdom and an understated resolve – a special […]
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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) Piano Piece No. 5 (Frank Horvat) from Millar Piano Duo on Vimeo. Performances World Premiere: November 20, 2017, University of New Hampshire Millar Piano Duo Programme Notes Unlike many of my compositions, this piece is not programmatic, as is evident by the […]
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  • Love in 6 Stages - composed by Frank Horvat

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    Void
    2016-17 – for female voice and piano – 10:00 Music by Frank Horvat Words by Frank Horvat & Lisa Horvat Recording Album: Love in 6 Stages Buy Song: iTunes Date: September 21, 2017 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin   Programme Notes I composed […]
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  • Love in 6 Stages - composed by Frank Horvat

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    End
    2016-17 – for piano – 10:00 Music by Frank Horvat Recording Album: Love in 6 Stages Buy Song: iTunes Date: September 21, 2017 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin   Programme Notes I composed End to be the fifth piece on my concept album, Love in 6 […]
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  • Love in 6 Stages - composed by Frank Horvat

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    Fight
    2016-17 – for female voice and piano – 10:00 Music by Frank Horvat Words by Frank Horvat & Lisa Horvat Recording Album: Love in 6 Stages Buy Song: iTunes Date: September 21, 2017 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin   Programme Notes I composed […]
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  • Love in 6 Stages - composed by Frank Horvat

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    Bliss
    2016-17 – for female voice and piano – 10:00 Music by Frank Horvat Words by Frank Horvat & Lisa Horvat Recording Album: Love in 6 Stages Buy Song: iTunes Date: September 21, 2017 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin   Programme Notes I composed […]
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  • Lust by Frank Horvat featuring Laura Swankey (Love in 6 Stages)

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    Lust
    2016-17 – for female voice and piano – 10:00 Music by Frank Horvat Words by Frank Horvat & Lisa Horvat Recording Album: Love in 6 Stages Buy Song: iTunes Date: September 21, 2017 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin   Programme Notes I composed […]
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  • Love in 6 Stages - composed by Frank Horvat

    Latest Compositions

    Gaze
    2016-17 – for female voice and piano – 10:00 Music by Frank Horvat Words by Frank Horvat & Lisa Horvat Recording Album: Love in 6 Stages Buy Song: iTunes Date: September 21, 2017 Location: THE FARM, Toronto Musicians: Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin   Programme Notes I composed […]
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  • Heat Island by Frank Horvat (photo by Maxx Miller on Unsplash)

    Latest Compositions

    Heat Island
    2017 – piano – 9:30 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Performances World Premiere: July 13, 2017, Music & Beyond Festival, Horticulture Building, Ottawa Frank Horvat (piano) Programme Notes When you read the words “Heat Island”, one might imagine “fun-in-the-sun” touristy images or the title of some chintzy Reality TV show. The true reality though is that […]
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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 - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

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    Despair
    2016 – solo piano – 2:45 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording Album: You Haven’t Been Buy Piece: iTunes Date: September 20, 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 perverse–misrepresenting Good In graceless mutiny. Excerpt from […]
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  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

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    Distant
    2016 – solo piano – 3:22 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording Album: You Haven’t Been Buy Piece: iTunes Date: September 20, 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 always just been that way ever since […]
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  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

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    Longing
    2016 – solo piano – 3:38 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording Album: You Haven’t Been Buy Piece: iTunes Date: September 20, 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 for. It’s always festering inside me. Sometimes […]
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  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

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    Crossroads Where I Stand
    2015 – solo piano – 3:50 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording Album: You Haven’t Been Buy Piece: iTunes Date: September 20, 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 important life decision? It is hard standing […]
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  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

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    Realizations
    2015 – solo piano – 3:05 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording Album: You Haven’t Been Buy Piece: iTunes Date: September 20, 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 certain rational and/or emotional revelations. Rather than […]
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  • What Goes Around

    DISCOGRAPHY

    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

    DISCOGRAPHY

    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

    DISCOGRAPHY

    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

    DISCOGRAPHY

    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."
  • Recent Posts

    Joyful Practice
    For the past month, I’ve been walking to my teaching studio at 6:30 every weekday morning to practice piano for 2 hours. The walk, approximately 20min in duration, has been dark and cold. You might think that this would be a very miserable and tedious endeavour. But on the contrary, I can’t remember a previous […]
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  • Benjamin Franklin

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    Inspired by Big Ben
    I’m presently taking a wonderful online personal development course called Lifebook. In it, the facilitator, Jon Butcher, brought up Benjamin Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues, a list of ideals and habits that Franklin mapped out for himself in 1726 when he was 20 years old. A sort of code to live by. I was so surprised that […]
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  • Wood & Metal Bars recording session

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    Coming Around to What Goes Around
    I have this routine where I listen to a new album each morning as I prep breakfast, do dishes and spend time on social media. Usually I pick albums to listen to from various award and prize lists – in other words, albums that are very critically acclaimed. Friday was unique because instead of listening […]
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  • Green Party (Photo by Parker Johnson on Unsplash)

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    Vote Green!
    Canada’s federal election takes place Monday, October 21. But I already cast my ballot last weekend at an advanced poll. I decided to vote for the Green Party. I voted for the Liberals last election getting caught up in Trudeau-mania 2.0. But this government has been an extreme disappointment. After promising to enact electoral reform […]
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  • Broken (Photo by Daniel Tafjord on Unsplash)

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    Most Destructive Words To Me Right Now…
    Hate Distraction Apathy Laziness Spin Mindlessness Dread Repression Destruction Sick Pessimism Hopelessness War Injustice Disrespect Narrow-mindedness Hate (did I already say that?)
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  • Love (Photo by Nadine Shaabana on Unsplash)

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    Most Important Words To Me Right Now…
    Love Focus Inspiration Discipline Music Creativity Anticipation Stimulation Planet Health Optimism Possibilities Peace Justice Humanity Acceptance Love (did I already say that?)
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  • Goal Setting (Photo by S O C I A L . C U T on Unsplash)

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    Simple Goals
    On our day off this week, Lisa and I sat at our kitchen table just chilling out and chatting. Out of the blue, Lisa nonchalantly asked me, “what are your goals for this coming fall?” Honestly, I felt a little blindsided by the question. It’s not that we never discuss goal-setting. Au contraire, being freelance […]
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  • What I Did for the Summer (Photo by Matt Ragland on Unsplash)

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    What I did for the summer
    I’m back home in Toronto after a 3-week artist residency at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in southern California. It was nice to have a change of scenery though my daily routine stayed pretty much the same, which satisfied my obsessive-compulsive A-type personality:)! It was an extremely productive 3-weeks composing-wise. The main objective of the […]
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  • Photo by John Bakator on Unsplash

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    America, I Love You, But You Can Do Better
    I’m completing what will be my longest stay in the United States, a 3-week wonderful experience at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in Southern California where I have been composing new music. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people. Having great interactions is not unprecedented or surprising. In my previous trips to […]
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  • What You Can Do About Climate Change (Photo by Muhammed Fayiz on Unsplash)

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    Fighting Climate Change…as guided by David Suzuki!
    I really like the David Suzuki Foundation’s list of 10 ways we can all help fight climate change. I highly encourage you to read and share it. I find it to be a great resource and benchmark to assess where I’m at in controlling my own carbon footprint. Here are some things that stood out […]
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  • Dorland Mountain Arts Colony - July 2019

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    Juggling Hour-Long Compositions
    I feel very grateful to be in Temecula, California attending an artist residency at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. The plan was to compose a follow-up to my hour-long piano composition for the dark, Earth Hour. So far, a week into my 3 weeks here, I’ve been composing something else. It’s also an hour-long piece, […]
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  • Spend Your Kids' Inheritance - Musical at the 2019 Toronto Fringe

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    Feeling Grateful to Spend Your Kids’ Inheritance
    For the past few weeks, I’ve been very fortunate to sit in on rehearsals for the new musical, Spend Your Kids’ Inheritance. I’ve composed the music for this show. It’s been a part of my life for the past five years. I’m so happy to see it hit an important moment with its world premiere […]
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  • Boyanna Toyich

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    Goodbye Boyanna
    This week I received the news that my former piano teacher, Boyanna Toyich, passed away. When I saw the news flash over my screen, I was stunned and suddenly filled with an immense amount of grief. When I was a student at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music from 1993-97, she was a key […]
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  • Raptors - NBA Champions 2019

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    Why Sports Has Made Me a Better Artist
    The city and country I call home have become entranced by a game where you put a ball through a basket. And I too have been caught up in the frenzy of the Raptors becoming NBA Champions. On the surface, that doesn’t make much sense…why would a composer of modern art music care about sports? […]
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  • Eurostar

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    Reflections on a European Adventure
    From May 13 to June 4, Lisa and I were so fortunate to have a dream trip to Europe. It’s not like it was our first trip to Europe…we’ve been a bunch of times over the years. But this trip seemed extra special in that we had a chance to visit with people we admire […]
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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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