2020 – for vibraphone, 2 marimbists, piano, timpani & fixed electronics – 10:30
[please contact me for the fixed electronics sound file]
- Lorna's Metamorphosis TorQ Percussion Quartet, Frank Horvat (piano) Buy or Stream 10:38
Album: Project Dovetail
Date: October 22, 2021
Musician(s): TorQ Percussion Quartet – Richard Burrows (marimba), Adam Campbell (vibraphone), Jamie Drake (marimba), Daniel Morphy (timpani); Frank Horvat (piano)
Producer: Frank Horvat
Location: Canterbury Music, Toronto
Lorna Livey is a visual artist, master printmaker, and author. We first connected because of our volunteer work with Lakeshore Arts – an arts organization that serves the west Toronto community that we both call home. I’m a big fan of Lorna’s artwork and writing. Over these many years we have had a chance to become friends. I have very much appreciated getting to know her as a person. Lorna is one of the most kind-hearted people I know.
It’s because of this that I have wished for a long time to compose a piece inspired by her work. In the Fall of 2019, I visited Lorna in her studio to select a piece of art that would become the basis of my composition and record an interview talking about it and her life. When travelling to her studio, I assumed that we would looking at one of her prints. I was quite surprised when I arrived that Lorna was passionate about butterflies she was creating out of her old prints. What a unique project especially because of the emphasis on bringing awareness to environmental issues.
I spent close to an hour interviewing Lorna and what you hear within the composition was recorded on that day. What I’m most proud about this composition is how I feel it captures the Lorna I know. Determined, honest and kind. I feel that the instruments accompanying Lorna compliment her driving, forward-thinking personality. Like any of my compositions, the recorded speaking voice and live instrumentation serve an equal purpose – to act collectively, texturally, to convey something from the heart…just like Lorna’s life and artistic pursuits.
– Frank Horvat
In order to ensure exact alignment between the “tape” part and live instruments, it is suggested that the musicians play along to a click track through an ear piece during a performance. The click track and “tape” part must be sequenced to align.
Vibraphone (standard F3 to F6)
One Marimba (2 players) (minimum 5 octave – C2 to C7)
Timpani (2-drum set: one pitched to C3, the other to C4)
Commissioned by TorQ Percussion Quartet.