For Those Who Died Trying


World-renowned Mivos Quartet records the 35-movement string quartet, The Thailand HRDs, by Canadian composer Frank Horvat. This piece was inspired by the photo essay, For Those Who Died Trying, by photographer Luke Duggleby.
For Those Who Died Trying presents photographs of murdered or abducted human rights defenders in Thailand by placing a portrait of the victim (following a Buddhist tradition), when possible at the exact place where they were murdered or went missing. “We wanted this photo exhibition to expose the situation of human rights defenders in Thailand and support their legitimate quest for justice,” said Liliana De Marco Coenen, Executive Director of Protection International.
The Thailand HRDs presents each photo in a 2-minute classical string-quartet composition utilizing just the musical pitches/letters found in the names of each victim – implanting their unique musical DNA in every piece. “This music is not intended to be purely melancholic but have a tinge of defiance so the memory of these heroes lives on and will hopefully spur listeners to find their inner activist and fight for what they feel is important in this world,” explains Frank Horvat, the composer.
“It is vital, for the victims and the families, that their fight and their death should not be forgotten and left unrecognized,” Luke Duggleby

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Part of the 35-photo essay, For Those Who Died Trying, by Luke Duggleby and Protection International

Women Human Rights Defenders (HRDs), Ms. Montha Chukaew, 54, and Ms. Pranee Boonrat, 50, were shot and killed while on their way to a local market on November 19, 2012. They were members of the Southern Peasants’ Federation of Thailand (SPFT). The SPFT is a landless peasants’ network formed in 2008 campaigning for the right to agricultural land. The bodies of these HRDs were mutilated by the gunmen, to intimidate the community. View all 35 photos at – www.lukeduggleby.com

Project Partners:

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.

Recording funded in part thanks to generous support from:

Recording funded in part thanks to the Ontario Arts Council

Recording funded in part thanks to the Toronto Arts Council

For Those Who Died Trying - composed by Frank Horvat, photography by Luke Duggleby / Protection International

Type

Classical Chamber

Musicians

Mivos Quartet – Olivia De Prato (violin), Lauren Cauley Kalal (violin), Victor Lowrie Tafoya (viola), Mariel Roberts (cello)

Composed By

Frank Horvat

Produced By

Frank Horvat

Recorded At

The Canterbury Music Co. by Jeremy Darby and Julian Decorte,
August 2018

Mastered By

TBA

Cover Photo

Luke Duggleby / Protection International

Label

TBA

Release Date

expected December 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

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