The Odin Quartet performing pieces from the album From Oblivion to Hope

Album Release with Odin Quartet

We had a wonderful time at the Canadian Music Centre celebrating this week’s release of From Oblivion to Hope, my album collaboration with the amazing Odin Quartet!

The Odin Quartet with composer Frank Horvat

From Oblivion to Hope has a serious and pessimistic tone to start. But, as we go from piece to piece, the tone evolves to something more optimistic, ending with the heartfelt work, Hope. 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.

Releasing this album is just one part of a multi-phase collaboration with Odin. It was a pleasure to attend their Music Mondays concert last September where they presented the world premiere performance of Hope, a work Odin commissioned dedicated to the idea that our collective humanity still has much to feel optimism about, despite our many current challenges. I’m grateful to the Ontario Arts Council for funding Odin’s commission of this work.

We required 3 days to record this album, the first of which took place last July…

…then 2 days last September…

…all at the fabulous, Canterbury Music Company, where we also edited and mixed it. Dennis Patterson masterfully mastered the album to complete the production process.

My composition, The Four Seasons…in High Park is the centrepiece of the album. We’re making 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.

The first of those video shoots took place last month, under the expert production of Adam Crosby and his Tiny Pictures Inc. crew. Brr, it was cold but we still managed to have fun…

…and here is the outcome of those efforts…

I have been fortunate to have composed a lot for string quartet music 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 produced some amazing music together. Releasing the album and sharing the music videos are a wonderful culmination to our collaboration. All this would not be possible without the support of FACTOR and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Stay tuned to my social media channels and my e-newsletter for updates on the release of the album and more videos!

From Oblivion To Hope album cover

Album cover designed by Matthew Maaskant.

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