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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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  • A Little Loopy by Frank Horvat

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    A Little Loopy
    2014 – for solo harp – 9:47 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Recording MIDI Demo – click here for mp3 (or use player below) Programme Notes The phrase, “A Little Loopy”, usually has the connotation of something eccentric, crazy or confused. This is not the case in the usage of this phrase in regards to this […]
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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) Performances World Premiere: May 9, 2015, Toronto, Canada Michael Westwood (clarinet) Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by John Palmer) Other Performances: June 6, 2015, Toronto, Canada (more […]
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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) 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 frenzied-ness. - Frank Horvat LT#095
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  • Sunflower by Frank Horvat; photography by Andreas Krappweis

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    Sunflower
    2014 – marimba, piano, optional sound effects at the end of the piece – 6:00 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Marimba Part (pdf) Piano Part (pdf) Recording MIDI Demo Technical Notes Sunflower concludes with pre-recorded audio fading in and out as indicated in the score. Contact Frank to request the audio file. Programme Notes This composition […]
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  • diskriminatsiya by Frank Horvat

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    diskriminatsiya
    2014 – flutes & pre-recorded audio/electronics – 11:06 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Performances World Premiere: August 26, 2014, London, UK Samantha Chang (flute) Christopher Lee (flute) Recording MIDI Demo Programme Notes The issue of LGBT discrimination in Russia was never very prevalent on my social justice radar. After all, I’m straight, not gay. I live […]
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  • Ode to the Evil Patty Hewes by Frank Horvat

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    Ode to the Evil Patty Hewes
    2013 – violin & piano – 14:30 Sheet Music 1st Movement Score (pdf) Violin Part (pdf) 2nd Movement Score (pdf) Violin Part (pdf) 3rd Movement Score (pdf) Violin Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: June 24, 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria Ralitsa Tcholakova (violin) Zornitsa Radionova (piano) Movements: 1. Ruthless (4:30) 2. Master Manipulator (5:00) 3. Brilliant (5:00) […]
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  • The Sad Life of Laure Beausejour

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    The Sad Life of Laure Beauséjour
    2014 – for period instruments – 2 violins, viola da gamba, harpsichord – 12:00 Sheet Music Score: 1st mov. | 2nd mov. | 3rd mov. | 4th mov. Violin 1 Part: 1st mov. | 2nd mov. | 3rd mov. | 4th mov. Violin 2 Part: 1st mov. | 2nd mov. | 3rd mov. | 4th […]
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  • The Man, The Snake and The Fox

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    The Man, The Snake and The Fox
    2013-14 – for violin, various native courtship flutes, piano, native drum – 7 movements 15:30 in total duration Sheet Music Score – 1st Movement (pdf) Flute Part – 1st Movement (pdf) Violin Part – 1st Movement (pdf) Piano Part – 1st Movement (pdf) Score – 2nd Movement (pdf) Score – 3rd Movement (pdf) Score – […]
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  • Typhoon Haiyan. Copyright 2013 JMA/EUMETSAT

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    If Not Us, Then Who?
    2014 – for clarinet, cello, piano, pre-recorded audio/electronics – 10:15 Performances World Premiere: March 8, 2014 Michael Westwood (clarinet) Erika Nielsen (cello) Greg Millar (piano) Other Performances: July 12, 2014, Musideum Michael Westwood (clarinet) Erika Nielsen (cello) Greg Millar (piano) MIDI Demo Programme Notes From November 26 to December 6, 2012, seventeen thousand people gathered […]
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  • Composition

    Life For Mars
    2013 – for solo piano – 4:53 Sheet Music Piano Part (pdf) Performances World Premieres: November 14 & November 23, 2013 Vlada Mars (piano) Musideum, Toronto & Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver Recording July 2014 – Frank Horvat Programme Notes I’ve had an opportunity to see Vancouver pianist and composer, Vlada Mars, a number of times […]
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  • Composition

    08/14/13 – Cairo
    2013 – for bass clarinet, MIDI generated instruments & sound samples – 12:45 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Performances World Premiere: February 27, 2014 Kathryn Ladano (bass clarinet) Recording MIDI Demo – click here for mp3 (or use player below) Programme Notes Viewing footage on YouTube, I was completely shocked by the brutality of the violence […]
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  • Recent Posts

    New Year 311
    Sorry I’ve been kind of out of touch digitally for a bit… you know you’ve been amiss in communicating when several people start wondering if you are ok. Well, to tell you the truth, I’ve had an amazing end to 2015 and 2016 has started wonderfully too! Toronto 311 If you ever need info about […]
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  • The Journey

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    I’m at Peace With Not Giving a Crap What You Think!
    You know what’s cool about crabby old people? They do what they want, think what they think and don’t give a flying f#$% what anyone thinks about them!! Musicians and artists have a lot to learn from them in this respect. Because other than focussing on the craft of coming up with and outputting sound, […]
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  • Canadian Flag

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    My Hopes for Canada
    Canadians have decided that they want a new government and a new direction for our country to take. I can’t help but feel optimistic. Here’s what I’m hoping as we move forward… 1. I hope Canada returns to respecting the rights of ALL its citizens. 2. I hope Canada puts just as much importance on […]
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  • THE-CANADIAN-PRESS/Fred-Chartrand

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    My Fear for Canada
    Canada is set to go to the polls this coming Monday, Oct 19. It’s not new for me to say that I am not a big Stephen Harper fan. The man’s incompetence as a Prime Minister is well documented yet baffling. How has this person stayed in power for so long? Despite his dismal record, […]
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  • Carrots

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    10 Things I’m Giving Thanks for this Thanksgiving!
    1. Hair (Hey, I’m 41 and I still have lot’s of it!) 2. My wife 3. A family that supports and encourages me unconditionally. 4. The freedom to do what I love as a living. 5. A wonderful country to live in (although this might change if a certain “person” named Stevie Harper get’s re-elected […]
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  • Recent Posts

    Just Keep Walking
    It’s not just the title of a song by INXS, but a way of life for me! I’ve always been a walker, starting my day with a 4.5km stroll along the Toronto waterfront. But recently I learned it was not enough. Health experts always promote that one must take 10,000 steps each day to maintain […]
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  • Frank Horvat during an episode of Song Talk Radio

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    What’s Easier…Talking About Your Own Music, or Sex?
    Okay, I’ve used my blog posts in the past to talk about trying to deal with my self-esteem issues as a creative being. But I was reminded of my fragility last week when I was invited to come on to Song Talk Radio to discuss a few tracks off my album, Strange Machine. For the […]
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    I’m a Husband, Therefore I Must Be An Idiot!
    Do you ever notice that all TV ads use the same depiction of married couples…the husband does something stupid or outlandish while the wife reacts by cleaning up the mess or acting as the authority of what is logical and sensible. Ad agencies seem to rely on this formula in their storytelling. Once men get […]
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  • photo taken by Arturo Pardavila III [cropped]

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    Take Me Out To The Ball Game…
    …but 1st please make these 5 changes! Like many Toronto and Canadian sports fans, I have caught Blue Jay fever. I’ve always been a baseball fan. Grew up cheering for both the Expos and Blue Jays and even played Little League for a couple of years, but I was an awful baseball player, couldn’t hit. […]
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  • Conservative Election Sign

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    Optics, Childcare & All Conservatives Ain’t That Bad!
    My music teaching studio is located about a 20-minute walk away from my condo. I walk along Lake Shore Blvd on my way home each day I teach and pass this decrepit property that used to be a daycare centre (see picture below). I lived in a house just right around the corner from this […]
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  • Recent Posts

    Who and What Gives Me The Right?
    Many of my compositions explore current issues or events. Often I can be watching the news and something can impact me so much that I wonder how I can tell that story or re-create that emotion in a piece of music. But, do I have the right to tell someone else’s story through one of […]
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  • Do I Need A Car - Frank Horvat Blog

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    Do I Need A Car?
    For those of you who did not hear, I was in a fender bender a few weeks ago. We were just fine but the car had extensive damage to its back end. It needed enough work from the body shop that up until last Friday, we were car-less for 3 weeks. Not having access to […]
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  • Canada's Federal Election 2015

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    Should I Vote my Conscious or Strategically?
    You might be shocked to know that I am not a big Stephen Harper fan ;)! This is based on the fact that I don’t share many of the ideals that are espoused by the Conservative Party of Canada. But more importantly, I think that there are many compelling reasons based on this government’s past […]
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  • Recent Posts

    “River” Runs Through My iTunes
    I visited the folks last week and it just hit me like I bolt of lightening that I did not get a chance to go for a walk beside the beautiful Ottawa River…drat!! So to ease my pain over that lost opportunity, here’s my “River” playlist within my iTunes (in no particular order): • Wide […]
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  • Car Accident

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    My “Invincible Driver” Streak Is Over
    After 25 years of near-perfect driving, Wednesday night my streak came to an end when we were side-swiped by a tractor trailer on Highway 401 approaching Toronto. Thankfully, Lisa and I are fine, but the same cannot be said for our Prius. I mourn the end of my near-perfect streak. In that 25 year span, […]
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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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