Toronto pianist Frank Horvat likes to do things his way, not anyone else’s. He ignores genre boundaries and isn’t afraid to mix politics with art. Tonight at Gallery 345, he is also mixing in some visuals with his solo playing.
With Luminato in full swing downtown, Horvat’s performance becomes a hype-free zone, where it’s just the artist and you.
The programme mixes his own work with that of John Adams and late Toronto composer Ann Southam — all accompanied by visual projections.
This is “Poverty,” one of Horvat’s own creations. In my imagination, the music is a powerful blend of “grinding poverty” and “quiet desperation,” and it’s also strangely seductive: