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

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  1. diskriminatsiya Christopher Lee (flute), Samantha Chang (flute) more... 11:04
  2. Diverging Crossroads Frank Horvat (piano) more... 08:32
  3. Void Laura Swankey (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) more... 10:01
  4. I Wait For You Edwin Huizinga (violin), Erika Nielsen (cello), Gregory Millar (piano) more... 03:44
  5. Return to East Aleppo Frank Horvat (piano) more... 05:09
  6. fishworshipper The Frank Horvat Band more... 03:06
  7. The Man, the Snake and the Fox, movt. 5 Ron Korb (flute), Ralitsa Tcholakova (violin), Benjamin Smith (piano) more... 01:54
  8. Starsky & Hutch Frank Horvat (piano) more... 03:36
  9. The Hurting Game The Frank Horvat Band more... 01:35
  10. The Week After Frank Horvat (piano) more... 10:06
  11. The Dignity Song Romy Mounzer (vocals), Frank Horvat (piano) more... 04:39

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  • Mvt 1 - ChAroEn wAt-Aksorn - 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 Programme Notes The Thailand HRDs is a 35-movement string quartet inspired by a photo essay by Luke Duggleby called “For Those Who Died Trying“. Duggleby’s collection details victims of murder […]
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  • 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) 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 nondescript title. That being said, when I listen to it, I can […]
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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 female voice and piano – 10:00 Music by Frank Horvat Words by 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 End to be […]
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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

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    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)

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    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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  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

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    Goodbye Louisa
    2015 – solo piano – 4:28 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 was with Louisa for 8 years. In that time, she gave me much room to grow. But she […]
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  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

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    Desolate Heart
    2016 – solo piano – 2:43 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 cannot put into words what it feels like to walk through life with emptiness in my heart. My […]
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  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

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    Crestfallen
    2016 – solo piano – 3:06 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 Bury me whole in Autumn leaves, In golden clusters lay me down, Inhaling the damp brown decay. For Autumn […]
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  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

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    Just One Moment
    2015 – for one piano, three hands – 2:30 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 get that slight glimmer of hope? It’s not to be confused with joy […]
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  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

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    My Fractured Soul
    2016 – for two pianos, four hands – 3:06 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 often feel broken on the inside. Then The Voice starts to encourage me, pushing me […]
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  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

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    Silent Struggle
    2016 – solo piano – 2:32 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 often wonder why I rarely cry. I sometimes think I’m heartless, have no soul, no empathy. Then it […]
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  • You Haven't Been - composed & performed by Frank Horvat

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    Diverging Crossroads
    2015 – solo piano – 8:33 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Performances July 13, 2017, Music & Beyond Festival, Horticulture Building, Ottawa Frank Horvat (piano) 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 sometimes feel like there are […]
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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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  • 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

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    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

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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."
  • Concert Warm-Up - Frank Horvat

    Recent Posts

    What’s the Use of Playing Live Anymore?
    I’m presently contemplating whether or not I should do another piano concert tour. Perhaps not such a large scale one like the Green Keys Tour, but still something substantive that would take up a lot of time to organize, rehearse and execute. While my personal enthusiasm to share my music first-hand remains very strong, I […]
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  • Turtle Underwater (Photo by Cédric Frixon on Unsplash)

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    They Weren’t the Greatest Generation… We Are!
    Recently, I watch a documentary on Netflix called Mission Blue. It chronicles the life work of Dr. Sylvia Earle, acclaimed marine biologist who has worked ceaselessly to research and advocate for the protection of the world’s oceans. If you are a Netflix subscriber, I can’t recommend enough that you watch this documentary. It gave me […]
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  • Mr. Christie Cookie Factory Demolition

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    Mr. Christie’s, You’d Make Good Music!
    The big debate in my South Etobicoke neighbourhood in Toronto is what should be done development-wise with the HUGE swath of land that was formerly the Mr. Christie’s cookie plant. I know it’s huge because I can see it out my condo window. Demolition crews have been tearing down the buildings for months now, and […]
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  • Photo-by-Joseph-Barrientos-on-Unsplash

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    Impressions of San Francisco
    It’s been a week since Lisa and I returned from our mini-vacation to San Francisco. As I get back into the regular routine of life this week, the trip seems to be well back in the rear view mirror. But there’s still wonderful memories of a wonderful week. First off, why San Francisco? Well, at […]
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  • Hopes for the New Year 2018 (Photo by NordWood Themes on Unsplash)

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    My Hopes for 2018
    A New Year is upon us. I’m not much for resolutions but I do often use this time of year to be forward thinking about what I want to happen in the upcoming new year. And this Holiday Season is no different. Sometimes it’s easy be to pessimistic about the future. But because of my […]
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  • Christmas Tree

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    What Christmas Means To Me
    So here we are…another Christmas Season and it never get’s mundane. Even though I’m not religious and I was born and raised in a super small family (only child and no extended family), Christmas has always been a special time for me. Growing up in Ottawa with my parents, the home would always be a […]
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  • My Favourite Quotes (Photo by Hello I'm Nik on Unsplash)

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    5 Quotes That Shape What I Believe
    “The future will either be green or not at all.” – Bob Brown “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle “To deny people their human rights is […]
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  • Montreal Massacre

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    Sound Reaction to Violence Against Women
    This week, I’m guest blogging for the Canadian Music Centre. It’s my fourth and final blog post in a series where I explore compositions by my colleagues that are on social justice themes or impactful contemporary events. This month, I’m exploring Hildegard Westerkamp’s École Polytechnique, a riveting and emotionally jarring composition that takes us back […]
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  • Parents (Photo by Jason Rosewell on Unsplash)

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    Your Parents are Hypocrites…Who Cares!
    I talk to my mom and dad twice per week just to chat and see how they’re doing. We don’t live in the same city, maybe see each other in person 2-4 times per year for short visits, so talking on the phone is sort of an essential thing for us in being close. Earlier […]
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  • Spotify playlist of climate change songs (Photo by Mariah Ashby on Unsplash)

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    Climate Change – One Note at a Time
    I was curious to know what other musicians are addressing climate change. After doing a call-out for suggestions on social media plus doing some googling of my own, I was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of great songs and compositions out there. So I compiled the Spotify playlist below. Warning, there’s a lot of […]
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  • Adam Hill's Oilblood - CMC

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    I Harp. You Harp. We (All Should) Harp … to Fight Climate Change
    This week, I’m guest blogging for the Canadian Music Centre. It’s the third in a series of blogs where I explore compositions by my colleagues that are on social justice themes or impactful contemporary events. This month, I’m exploring Adam Hill’s Oilblood, a chamber work with a fresh take on Handel while making an important […]
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  • Climate Change COP out (Photo by Wilco Van Meppelen on Unsplash)

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    What a COP Out!
    The world is coming together in Bonn, Germany from November 6-17 to talk climate change. This is COP 23 as it has become known. Looking at the Conference’s web site, you’d think that all the smiling faces and pleasant disposition of those featured would give us, the citizens of the world, the feeling that the […]
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  • Crisp Fall Leaves (photo by Chris Lawton)

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    Best Time of the Year
    It’s late October where I live in Toronto and the weather is absolutely beautiful! Many might disagree with that statement. Many might prefer the summer heat or the freshness of spring, but the crispness in the air of fall has always been a big boost. Not to mention a warm sun mixed with that fresh […]
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  • photo by Moyia Misner-Pellow

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    10 Thoughts on Gord Downie
    1. I only own one Tragically Hip album – Up to Here, released in 1989. It was the Hip’s debut album. I was in high school working part-time at a music store in Ottawa. CHEZ 106 radio was pumping out the rock through the speakers at the store. Downie’s voice was infectious, the band was […]
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  • Recent Posts

    Turmoil in the Homeland Inspires Beautiful Music
    This week, I’m guest blogging for the Canadian Music Centre. It’s the second in a series of blogs where I explore compositions by my colleagues that are on social justice themes or impactful contemporary events. The composition that caught my ear this month is Iman Habibi’s, Colour of Freedom. A beautiful choral work inspired by […]
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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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