Jiří Horák

Strážnice, Czech Republic

Adelaide's Voyage


Behind the Music

Generally I think that any art is emotionally driven, but combining the written word with a melodious soundtrack can particularly strike a chord in people. Inspired by the chapter, ‘Adelaide’s Voyage,’ I tried to elicit feelings of sorrow through my songs to convey just a fraction of what these women and the other individuals in The Outlaw Ocean might have experienced. Whether it’s by way of reading Ian’s book or listening to The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, people need to know about these stories and the realities many face on the high seas in order to move forward towards justice.

Jiří Horák
About Jiří Horák

Jiří Horák is a pianist from the Czech Republic. He began playing piano in art school. And shortly after that he played in pubs and restaurants. He also helped with creating, and ultimately playing, the piano menu at the 2015 International Bobcatsss Conference held in Brno, Czech Republic. At the end of 2016, Jiri started his journey with piano composition. In 2018, he published his first song with acoustic instruments called “Our Rainy Waltz.” In 2019, his song “Succor” — under the label Mellotron Records — was added to the Spotify playlist “Classical New Releases.” This same year he also began a cooperation with Silent Beat Records on the track “Awakening.”

Jiří also created the popular “Calming Piano and Strings” playlist and another playlist featuring his best works.

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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