Odin Quartet

From Oblivion to Hope is Underway!

Day 1 of recording with the Odin Quartet went smashingly well! I love the energy of exchanging ideas and making tweaks on the fly in the studio to allow the new music to convey its best self. Thanks to Odin and the Canterbury Music Company staff, it was a great day.

Odin Quartet and composer Frank Horvat

In case you missed the announcement, this multi-phase project with Odin is firstly focussed on recording an album of my various compositions for string quartet. Called “From Oblivion to Hope”, the album will have a serious and pessimistic tone to start. But, as we go from piece to piece, the tone will evolve to something more optimistic, ending with a heartfelt work simply called ‘Hope’, a piece that Odin commissioned.

The idea of going from the negative to the positive is a mindset and a mental health issue I’m very fascinated by these days especially in the context of the pandemic and its outcomes.

My composition, ‘The Four Seasons…in High Park’ will be the centrepiece of the album. So we’ve devised a plan to make music videos for each of the 4 movements, filming right in picturesque High Park, in each of the 4 seasons, to celebrate the beauty of the varied nature that Toronto is blessed to have access to.

I have been fortunate to compose a lot for string quartet over the years. I love the possibilities sonority-wise and rhythmically. I love Odin’s no-musical-barriers/limitations spirit. They’re quality musicians and fine human beings so it’s no surprise that we have already produced some amazing music after our first day of recording.

None of this would be possible without the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council and FACTOR. I am grateful to these funders.

We’re hoping to start filming in High Park at the end of next month, plus more recording, filming, live performances and album and video releases scattered throughout the rest of this year and next. Sign-up for my e-newsletter to get all the updates.

From Oblivion to Hope Announcement

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