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

The Frank Horvat Band Playlist

  • 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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  • 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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  • For MOO by Frank Horvat

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    For MOO
    2014 – for solo piano – 3:41 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording July 2014 – Frank Horvat Programme Notes Dedicated to someone I know who shows much grace and wisdom…someone I admire greatly. – Frank Horvat LT#109
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  • What the Walls Feel as they Stare at Rob Ford Sitting in his Office by Frank Horvat

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    What the Walls Feel as they…
    …Stare at Rob Ford Sitting in his Office 2013 – for clarinet choir – 9:00 Eb, 1st Bb (at least 2 players), 2nd Bb (at least 2 players), Alto, Bass, Contrabass (optional) OR 1st Bb, 2nd Bb (at least 2 players), 3rd Bb (at least 2 players), 1st Bass, 2nd Bass Sheet Music Version 1: […]
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  • Timelapse - photo © Patricia Byers McPhail

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    Timelapse
    2013 – for orchestra – 7:00 Sheet Music Score (pdf) [please contact me for the complete parts] Recording MIDI Demo                     Photo courtesy of Patricia Byers McPhail Programme Notes Inspired the feverish pace of any big city and the artistic photography and videography that captures that […]
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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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  • Frank Horvat in Studio at Canterbury

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    4 Albums, 1 Year – Update #3
    Well, July was a write-off! Because of so much work on film/tv cues, I had little or no time to work on moving these 4 recording projects forward. When taking on such an ambitious initiative (to oversee 4 different recordings within months of each other), one should expect to have a little more focus. After […]
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  • Sad Apple

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    Goodbye, ORMTA
    Last weekend marked the conclusion of my 17-year volunteering career with the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association. In the last two of those years, I served as Provincial President. It was a bittersweet weekend hanging out with all my colleagues at ORMTA’s Provincial Convention in Chatham. There’s been so much I’ve gone through in my […]
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  • R. Murray Schafer (Photo courtesy Quatuor Molinari)

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    5 Contrasting (Yet Important) Thoughts…
    …in no particular order   1. I just don’t get why everyone makes a big deal about Donald Trump. He’s going to lose to Hilary, so he’ll soon be able to go back to voting someone off an island, or giving someone a rose, or do whatever he did before his ego encouraged him to […]
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  • Music with pickles

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    Word of the Week – Pickle
    On July 14, I asked my friends on Facebook to give me the first word that popped into their head. Much to my astonishment, I received a lot of answers. Literally within seconds of making the post, the first reply was shared. Much to my surprise, the first word was “pickle”…how random?? I would describe […]
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  • Frank Horvat in Studio at Canterbury

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    4 Albums, 1 Year – Update #2
    This personal craziness of producing 4 albums of my own works by the end of this year continues! Since my update, things are slowly starting to progress… Album #1: Me to We – chamber music This is a bit of a concept album – the 3 tracks take us on the journey of someone being […]
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  • Frank Horvat is feeling fine!

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    I Feel Just Fine
    I want to thank everyone for your words of encouragement after last week’s blog post. I’m very touched to have gotten so many messages of support. This life in the arts can wear you down sometimes. This week, I’ve tried 3 things: 1. Sleep more so my brain can function at better capacity when I’m […]
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  • Tired

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    The Struggle for the BIG Idea
    I’m in a batting slump lately. I have not hit the (metaphorical) home run in a while. In my business, hitting the home run is coming up with the BIG idea, creative new ideas for compositions and musical projects. A couple of weeks back, Lisa gave me the assignment of coming up with the premise […]
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  • Toyota Prius SOLD!

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    One Step Closer to Eco-Utopia
    Big news this past week is that my wife and I sold our car. Even bigger news is we’re not replacing it! The idea of going carless has been bandied about for some time. But the decision was finally made a couple of months ago. We had a Toyota Prius, a hybrid that’s pretty darn […]
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  • Frank Horvat in Studio at Canterbury

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    4 Albums, 1 Year – Update!
    Things are starting to heat up – not just the weather, but in my creative life too. I’ve already shared some info about the start of my intense recording year coming up. It’s strange and fun how the opportunity to record all 4 of these separate albums of my compositions came about seemingly all at […]
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  • Composition 350 - Frank Horvat

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    350
    Late last week, I completed the 350th composition in my portfolio – a short piano piece that will be included on an upcoming album of solo piano compositions coming out next year. I’ve never been much for celebrating milestones. But for some reason, I did feel a sense of pride within, for this one. You […]
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  • Frank Horvat and Julian Decorte editing album Me to We at Canterbury Studios

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    Me to We – Recording Day
    Last Thursday, I was fortunate to head into Canterbury Studios to record three of my compositions for an upcoming album called Me to We. These three “classical” chamber works are based on the themes of solitude, yearning and being in love (in that order). For scheduling purposes, we had to record them in reverse order. […]
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  • Canterbury Studios 2013 with Jean Martin & Jeremy Darby

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    I’m gonna record how many albums this year!?
    If only you could have heard me a year ago. I was lamenting, yearning to get back into the recording studio to record all this music I’ve written that’s been piling up on my computer, unheard. Now, here I am, 12 months later and I’m preparing to record 4 new albums!! Wow, what a difference […]
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  • My Mom & I

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    What Mom Means To Me
    When I was a kid, my mom would sometimes make a dinner that I didn’t like. I would say, “Mom, I don’t like it” (in a whining voice). She would reply quite directly, “you don’t have to like it, you just have to eat it.” And that’s my mom in a nutshell – direct, passionate, […]
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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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