diskriminatsiya

2014 – two flutes & pre-recorded audio/electronics – 10:55

Sheet Music

Score (pdf)
[please contact me for the tape part]

Performances

World Premiere: August 26, 2014, London, UK
Samantha Chang (flute)
Christopher Lee (flute)

Canadian Premiere: June 18, 2017, Toronto
Christopher Lee (flute)
Vincenzo Volpe (flute)

Recording

Album: The Current Agenda
Buy Piece: iTunes
Date: September 19, 2017
Location: THE FARM, Toronto
Musicians: Samantha Chang (flute), Christopher Lee (flute)
Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin
 

The Current Agenda album - composed by Frank Horvat

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Programme Notes

Western news reports started to surface around 2011 about archaic laws being enacted in Russia that were taking away the rights of their LGBTQ citizens. I was then introduced to Alex and Yury, gay Russian immigrants to Canada. They graciously shared their experiences of growing up in Russia and revealed their perspectives regarding the political and cultural climate that nurtures such discrimination in their homeland. The interviews were recorded by phone and the audio was incorporated into this composition.

Musically, the piece is very much inspired by EDM, especially at the beginning. I found the musical paradox interesting in exploring such a serious issue with something normally associated with fun and dance. Gradually as the piece progresses, the tone gets more somber and serious. The very end is purposely gentle with the sounds of the ocean along a seashore…a place where one can feel solace and freedom. After learning so much more about this issue while working on this piece, solace and freedom is what I wish all those discriminated against get to feel one day.

– Frank Horvat

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