Equally at home performing cutting-edge contemporary music or participating in free improvisation as he is performing Bach or Vivaldi, Derek Charke received a Masters degree in flute performance from SUNY Buffalo where he studied with the late Cheryl Gobbetti Hoffman. Derek has performed as a soloist with the Slee Sinfonietta (Buffalo, NY) and GroundSwell (Winnipeg, MB), amongst others. He currently performs in a duo with guitarist Eugene Cormier (Charke/Cormier Duo) and performed frequently in the past with percussionist Mark Adam. He is a member of subText (Halifax) and the resident Acadia New Music Ensemble WIRED! which released its first album Live Wired! in 2015. His Kitchen Party CD, featuring Mark Adam and himself (released on Centrediscs), won the 2015 ECMA award for Classical Recording of the Year. You can also catch him improvising with AMFIG (the Acadia Music Faculty Improv Group) on the occasional Friday afternoon! As a composer Derek has written many pieces for the flute. This includes a series of flute ensemble works such as Raga Saat and Three Lines, Wired and Wound for flute & piano (or flute & harp), and two chamber concertos: The Winds of Winter and In Sonorous Falling Tones. He was commissioned by the National Flute Association for WARNING! Gustnadoes Ahead for flute & CD.
“SubText featured flutist Derek Charke, a fascinating player who has mastered extended flute techniques encyclopedically. He plays double stops, multiphonics, percussive key taps, whistle tones and an entire appendix of chuffing attacks that excite the instrument to screech in multiphonic arrays with a hollow resonance. He also plays with a full, thick, round tone, the kind they talk about in the old treatises on flute sound, and with a legato thick as oil. And he does it all effortlessly, with true virtuosity.” — Stephen Pedersen, The Chronicle Herald, Jan. 2013