[musical] tributes are poignant.” – Steph Power, BBC Music Magazine
against the constant violation of human rights in Thailand and a sensitive
portrait of  exceptional people. It’s a profound, moving and ultimately
timeless album.” – Maxi Einenkel, Klassik Magazine
is somehow part of all human DNA…a testament to the genius of Horvat
that he is able to craft this into each segment of this unique 35-movement
string quartet.” – Raul da Gama, WholeNote Magazine
purely through sound… Each movement takes on its individual character
but retains a larger connection to the work as a whole.”
– Allan J. Cronin, New Music Buff
They are universally moving.” – Richard Allen, A Closer Listen
ATMA Classique presents For Those Who Died Trying, the world premiere recording of The Thailand HRDs, an epic 35-movement string quartet by critically-acclaimed Canadian composer Frank Horvat performed by NYC’s Mivos Quartet. Each movement is inspired by the narrative behind Luke Duggleby’s 35-photo essay For Those Who Died Trying, which pays homage to human rights defenders in Thailand who were killed trying to stop powerful interests that wanted to destroy their community’s environment.
About PROTECTION INTERNATIONAL: International non-profit organization that provides protection strategies and tools for security management to human rights defenders who are at risk.
About LUKE DUGGLEBY: Award-winning British freelance photographer who has been based in Asia for 15 years shooting documentary, portraiture and editorial assignments for media and clients including National Geographic, Al Jazeera, TIME, and the New York Times.
About FRANK HORVAT: One of the most inventive songwriters to come out of the contemporary scene in Canada (WholeNote Magazine), this award-winning Toronto-based composer’s music explores a wide array of themes from love to social justice issues.
About MIVOS QUARTET: This New York Quartet has earned a reputation as one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles (The Chicago Reader) and is active in performing works by contemporary composers and presenting new music to diverse audiences all across the world.
Mivos Quartet – Olivia De Prato (violin), Lauren Cauley Kalal (violin), Victor Lowrie Tafoya (viola), Mariel Roberts (cello)
The Canterbury Music Co. by Jeremy Darby and Julian Decorte,
Luke Duggleby / Protection International
16 November 2018
The silent portraits, looking small and vulnerable in their settings…looking back at the viewer from the scene of their last terrifying moments.
– The New York Times
We are moved by the sensitivity and integrity of the work. This passionate and heartfelt music carries an emotional message to the audience.
– Jury, Kathleen McMorrow Music Award
Story behind the tracks
01-35 The Thailand HRDs*
*winner of the inaugural Kathleen McMorrow Music Award