For Those Who Died Trying

Lundi, Août 6, 2018
Titre de l'événement: For Those Who Died Trying
  • Région: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: Gathering Hall, Mount Pleasant Cemetery - 375 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto
  • Temps: 5:00pm
  • Prix: Free
  • Genre: Cordes (archet)
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  • Compositeur : Frank Horvat
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Part concert, part photo exhibit, part memorial to Thailand Human Rights Defenders. This world premiere concert, by Mivos Quartet, presents a musical elegy for 37 victims who were killed or went missing because of their efforts to stop powerful interests who wanted to destroy their community's environment.

Composed by Associate Composer, Frank Horvat, each movement in the piece, The Thailand HRDs, is inspired by the story behind the photos in Luke Duggleby's essay, For Those Who Died Trying. Duggleby traveled across Thailand placing a portrait of each victim (following a Buddhist tradition) at the place, when possible, where they were murdered or went missing. “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 (

This string quartet utilizes just the musical pitches/letters found in each victims' name - implanting their unique musical DNA in each 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.

"As performers of contemporary works, it is important to us to utilize the power of music to shed light on meaningful issues affecting the world today." - MIVOS Quartet

This event would not be possible without the support of Protection International, the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre, the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Foundation.

FREE Admission.

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 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 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 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. While in Toronto they will be recording The Thailand HRDs for release in December 2018 on United Nations’ International Human Rights Day.