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Mivos Quartet

Great News, But Now What?

This week, I received wonderful news that the Mivos Quartet has agreed to collaborate with me in bringing my large-scale string quartet project, The Thailand HRDs, to musical life. Mivos will come to Toronto in August to spend 2 days in the studio to record all 35-movements. At present, we’re working really hard to also […]

The Green Keys Tour - St Johns

Should Churches Host Concerts?

…or the more pertinent question…are churches the best places to hear live music? I’ve been thinking about this lately as my friend, Liz Parker, is pretty adamant that performances of classical music would be better attended if they avoid churches. As Liz stated in a recent conversation on Facebook, “church is associated with somewhere you […]

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Concert Warm-Up - Frank Horvat

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 […]

Mr. Christie Cookie Factory Demolition

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 […]

Montreal Massacre

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]