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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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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 […]

Spotify playlist of climate change songs (Photo by Mariah Ashby on Unsplash)

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 […]

Adam Hill's Oilblood - CMC

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 […]

Climate Change COP out (Photo by Wilco Van Meppelen on Unsplash)

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 […]

Crisp Fall Leaves (photo by Chris Lawton)

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 […]

photo by Moyia Misner-Pellow

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 […]

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 […]

Frank Horvat's Spotify Playlist - Flute for Introspection

Pondering…with Flute’s Help

I’ve had the flute on my mind recently. 2 of my 4 new albums have tracks that feature the flute. Many of my compositions include the flute. The flute has always resonated with me because of it’s lyrical and sweet quality. So since I’ve been thinking a lot about the flute lately, it only seems […]

Photography by Anita Zvonar

I Blushed Twice This Week

I don’t blush too often. So I guess that’s why I’m hyper-aware that it happened twice this past week… The first time was Tuesday when I read the latest edition of WholeNote Magazine and came across an in-depth review of my 4 new albums. Mr. Da Gama’s review contained such beautiful prose. I had never […]

Frank Horvat with flutist Jamie Thompson

4 Albums 1 Week is Over…THANK YOU!

Usually when I write my blog posts, I very rarely struggle to find the right words to express what I’m feeling. But on this occasion, it’s different. In a nutshell, I’m overwhelmed! I’m overwhelmed by all the kind words and sharing of emotions on how the new music from the 4 new albums has made […]

Love in 6 Stages - composed by Frank Horvat

Album Release Day – Love in 6 Stages

Album Release Week culminates today with the premiere of Love in 6 Stages! This was such a fun album to write and make because it was the only vocal album of the 4 (Me to We, The Current Agenda, You Haven’t Been), it’s also the only “pop” oriented of the 4 and it’s also the […]

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

Album Release Day – You Haven’t Been

Album 3 of 4 for Release Week (here’s #1 & #2) is a solo piano album called, You Haven’t Been. Of the 4, it’s the most personal since all the pieces are inspired by my long-term battle with depression and anxiety. All 13 pieces on this album were written over the last 4 or 5 […]

The Current Agenda - composed by Frank Horvat

Album Release Day – The Current Agenda

Album Release Week takes a major turn today with the unveiling of The Current Agenda. While yesterday was all about sharing the themes of love and togetherness, today is all about using the power of music to bring awareness to some of the major injustices in our world. The 6 compositions that make-up The Current […]

Me to We - composed by Frank Horvat

Album Release Day – Me to We

Album Release Week kicks off today with Me to We, an album of three of my chamber compositions in the neo-romantic vain. It’s sort of a rarity to release an album so short in duration in the classical world (under 30 minutes) but it always felt right to compile only these 3 pieces into one […]