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    Music for activists: photos of dead, missing Thais inspire album

    Music for activists: photos of dead, missing Thais inspire album

    Music for activists: photos of dead, missing Thais inspire album
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    Photographs of dead and missing Thai rights activists have spurred a Canadian composer to create a music album and invite string quartets around the world to perform to draw attention to the violence campaigners face. More than 59 land and environmental activists have been killed or have disappeared in Thailand over the last 20 years, according to advocacy group Protection International. British photographer Luke Duggleby visited their families to collect their portraits, then took pictures of those photographs in the place where the activists were last seen. His photo exhibit of 37 activists has been shown across Europe and in Thailand over the last two years. Frank Horvat, who read about the exhibit in 2016, said he was so moved, that in just a month he composed "The Thailand HRDs", comprising a two-minute movement for each photograph, using musical pitches or letters from the name of each victim. "This music is not intended to be purely melancholic but have a tinge of defiance so that these deaths do not mark an end, but a continuation of the fight for justice," Horvat said.New York City-based Mivos Quartet performed Horvat's composition in August in Toronto and the album is due to be released on Friday.

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    The premiere of the musical composition, The Thailand HRDs by Frank Horvat, performed by the Mivos Quartet in Toronto. Picture courtesy: Jeremy Sale/Protection International

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    The premiere of the musical composition, The Thailand HRDs by Frank Horvat, performed by the Mivos Quartet in Toronto.  Picture courtesy: Jeremy Sale/Protection International

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    The premiere of the musical composition, The Thailand HRDs by Frank Horvat, performed by the Mivos Quartet in Toronto.  Picture courtesy: Jeremy Sale/Protection International

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    The premiere of the musical composition, The Thailand HRDs by Frank Horvat, performed by the Mivos Quartet in Toronto. Picture courtesy: Jeremy Sale/Protection International

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