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Frank Horvat is a master at bringing together all the flavors of many different musical styles and genres. He is armed with great writing, a brilliant creative mindset. His music is highly original and will no doubt evolve over time into something truly groundbreaking.
Dec 2014: All Whats Rock: Tom McCrae – “Strange Machine extols nothing but pure energy and comes straight from the speakers directly to your heart and soul.”
These songs [Strange Machine] 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.
Dec 2014: Rock n’Roll View: R.J. Clifton – “It’s true much of today’s music has many people feeling a bit of soullessness – how appropriate I get a CD as in depth as Strange Machine. As a composer/programmer/songwriter Frank Horvat is a bit of a musical mastermind.”
…Horvat and a very sympathetic quartet of players [The Frank Horvat Band] put something together that really can be compared to Pink Floyd and the more out there aspects of Bjork. You get both the space music of the 11 minute opener As Powder Falls to the manic chorus build in Was My Time Worth It? …held together by the fact it all sounds excellent. A must hear.
Jan 2014: CBC’s The Signal: Laurie Brown – “The voice of Felicity Williams takes you off this earth. Red Bull should be the band’s sponsor.”
Dec 2013: The Muse’s Muse: Cyrus Rhodes writes – 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.
Sep 2013: Etobicoke Guardian: …pianist Frank Horvat embarked on what is bound to go down in the books as one of the longest swan songs in history Friday afternoon with the kick-off to a 20-hour Piano-Thon benefitting Lakeshore Arts. As outgoing president of the Lakeshore Arts board… Horvat said he wanted to come up with a fundraising event that would not only support Lakeshore Arts’ ongoing programming initiatives, but also celebrate the organization’s 20th anniversary.
Jun 2013: Musical Toronto Blog: John Terauds writes – Toronto pianist 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. Tonight at Gallery 345, he is also mixing in some visuals with his solo playing.
Mar 2011: PhildelphiaClassicalMusic.com: David Cohen writes – “The other side of it is that you have such mastery of your skill that you were able to tap into something that created a piece that many people relate to.”
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.
– John Terauds, March 2011, Toronto Star
Nov 2010: The Green Keys Tour in Downhome Magazine: Devotions in the Dark: “If people come to my concerts and get inspired by what I’m doing and then look at their own skills, whatever they might be, then I know I’ve succeeded in bringing awareness.”
Composer and pianist Frank Horvat is taking his Green Keys Tour on the road to raise awareness of climate change and sustainable solutions.
– WWF, October 2010, WWF-Canada Blog
Mar 2010: “There is a saying, Make every hour Earth Hour… [that is] partially why people like me are doing what we do.” – Frank Horvat on CBC’s The National, Earth Hour segment featuring Frank Horvat, David Suzuki and Judi Vandenbrink
Jun 2008: “Horvat is no con man. He’s actually a thoughtful composer and player, an accomplished classical musician who has made a kind of tricky musical leap that allows him to pursue a niche of his own…” Read more
– Tom Murray, Edmonton Journal
It’s an eclectic mixture of various influences – everything from Steve Reich to Billy Joel… I was most impressed by the haunting exoticism.
– Colin Eatock, June 2007, Wholenote Magazine