If Not Us, Then Who?

2014 – for clarinet, cello, piano, pre-recorded audio/electronics – 10:15

Sheet Music

Score (pdf)
Bb Clarinet Part (pdf)
Cello Part (pdf)
[please contact me for the tape part]

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)

  1. If Not Us, Then Who? Michael Westwood (clarinet), Erika Nielsen (cello), Gregory Millar (piano) 10:27

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Recording

Album: The Current Agenda
Releasing: Fall 2017
Location: Canterbury Studios, Toronto
Musicians: Gregory Millar (piano), Erika Nielsen (cello), Michael Westwood (clarinet)
Producer: Frank Horvat and Jean Martin
 

The Current Agenda album - composed by Frank Horvat

Programme Notes

Some things haunt your mind. For me, one of those things was hearing the pain and desperation in Yeb Sano’s voice. Back in 2012 he was attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference on behalf of the Philippines when a devastating typhoon hit his country killing over a thousand people and leaving thousands more homeless.

This spurred him to make the most inspirational and heartfelt address to his fellow UN delegates urging them to stop debating about what could be done to reduce carbon emissions and take action as the Philippines was already facing the first-hand effects of man-made climate change. His speech made the headlines but unfortunately a year later another typhoon struck his country, this time killing over 6,000 and leaving 2 million homeless yet still no progress was made at the UN talks.

This composition is dedicated to those brave individuals who speak out for changes in government policies that would curb carbon emissions and lessen the impact and frequency of climate change tragedies.

This composition combines chamber instruments with audio from Yeb Sano’s speech given at the 2012 United Nations Climate Change Talks in Doha (November 26 to December 6, 2012) as well as the defiant shouts from activists during their protests outside the talks. You can watch some inspirational video footage from the conference on YouTube.

– Frank Horvat

Earth Day 2017

To celebrate Earth Day, April 22, 2017 marked the official release of If Not Us, Then Who?, the first track off of Frank Horvat’s upcoming album, The Current Agenda. To help spread the message of the impact of climate change and the need for action, the track was available for a free download that week.

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