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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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  • 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

    Composition

    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 to mp3 Programme Notes Viewing footage on YouTube, I was completely shocked by the brutality of the violence in the crackdown on […]
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    Whistleblower
    2013 – for flute, cello, marimba, electric piano – 9:47 Sheet Music Score (pdf) Flute Part (pdf) Cello Part (pdf) Marimba Part (pdf) Electric Piano Part (pdf) Performances World Premiere: November 3, 2013 Marie Bennett (flute), Dorothy Deen (cello), Ben Wahlund (marimba), Mi-Young Chun Kim (electric piano) Naperville Chamber Players, Warrenville Illinois Recording MIDI Demo […]
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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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    “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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  • Gerald Busby, photo courtesy of Gay City News

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    The Curious Case of Gerald Busby
    Do you ever connect with people on social media but you’ve never met them in person? I do, quite often. Especially if they’re also involved in music or the arts. Connecting with people is an intrinsic part of “the business”. One such individual that I connected with a few years ago was Gerald Busby, an […]
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  • Looking out over Rattlesnake Ledge, Washington

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    25 Short Observations about Vancouver and Seattle
    Just got back – interesting and neat part of the world! It was my 2nd time in Vancouver and first time in Seattle so I noticed a lot… 1. The Vancouver SkyTrain is awesome! It’s not express from the airport to downtown but still quick, affordable and roomy. Toronto could learn. 2. There are trees […]
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  • 2 Very Random Thoughts

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    Two Very Random Thoughts
    I went to a workshop yesterday and learned that the average 5 year old laughs 400 times per day while the average adult only laughs 7 times per day. ———————— Yesterday, I finally realized why I have such a problem with eating any meat other than beef or poultry…names on a menu! “Pulled Pork”, “Lamb […]
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  • Frank Horvat

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    The Year’s Half Done – What Have I Accomplished?
    The simple answer is a lot! I have composed over 50 compositions since January 1st. My main focus these past 6 months has been to build up my portfolio of compositions for Lisa to shop around for Film and TV placement. I complete 1, 2 or even 3 of these in a day using all […]
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  • Recent Posts

    There’s No Such Thing As Writer’s Block!
    This month last year, Lisa and I attended the New Music Seminar in New York City. The conference’s keynote address was presented by prolific songwriter, Desmond Child. After his presentation (which included a fascinating piano and vocal performance of his composition and Bon Jovi hit, Livin’ on a Prayer), he fielded questions from the audience. […]
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  • Vancouver 2010 Frank Horvat

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    9 Reasons How I Survive as a Professional Musician
    Last Fall, the University of Toronto Faculty of Music invited me to give a talk to first year students about my career as a professional musician. While I have never been rich or famous (and most likely never will), I have always somehow survived as a musician. So in preparation for that presentation, I sat […]
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  • Desktop Screen Shot

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    You’re A Musician??…What Do You Really Do?
    My 8 “Jobs” as a Music Career Whenever I go to a party and someone asks me what I do for a living, I’m always fascinated by their reaction to my “musician” answer. Without saying anything, their facial reaction and body language to my answer always insinuates, “no no no…what do you REALLY do?” For […]
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  • Frank Horvat

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    “Congratulations, I’m So Happy For You!” Well, actually…
    Full disclosure…I am a very, very, very jealous person of other people’s success!! Whew, that feels better to get off my chest;)! I’m using this blog post to reveal something very personal about myself. As fortunate as I am to be showered with praise for my successes and for who I am by my many […]
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  • Recent Posts

    Kids, you get too much time off!
    Kids do not need a 2 1/2 month summer break! Let me start by saying that I am not a parent so I don’t know the value of having extended periods of time with my kids. And I also teach piano so you could say that I have a bias in wanting kids not to […]
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  • SKI Club Musical at Big Ideas Festival

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    The (Fun) Long and Winding Road
    In the Fall 2014, I was invited to a networking event organized by the Playwrights Guild of Canada. The goal of the gathering was to connect playwrights and composers. Other than a short musical that I had composed as a student, my musical life had not really connected to the theatre world so I was […]
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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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