Recently posted on YouTube: a rehearsal performance of Ade Suparman's composition, Marudah. Featuring Ade Suparman on kacapi, Ken Shorley on frame drum, and myself on bass flute. Recorded in July 2016 in Nova Scotia, Canada.
An introduction to After Chaos, the Earth and Love came into being, a work inspired by Plato and Hesiod and their philosophies on the creation of the universe. Commissioned by Harvey and Louise Glatt for the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Premiere October 6 & 7, 2016 National Arts Centre Orchestra, Alexander Shelly, Conductor.
A photo from our recording project, In Sonorous Falling Tones, produced by the Acadia New Music Society. Yesterday was our final recording of 'What do the Birds Think?'. In the photo (left to right): Simon Docking (piano), Gillian Smith (violin), Derek Charke (flute), Mark Hopkins (conductor), Eileen Walsh (clarinet), Mark Adam (percussion), Norman Adams (cello), and Naoko Tsujita (percussion). Also on the recording will be Susan Sayle (viola) and Max Kasper (double bass). John D.S. Adams of Stonehouse Sound is recording, mixing, and mastering the album. Photo by Liam Elliot.
The Acadia New Music Society is producing a CD with several of my works, including In Sonorous Falling Tones, What do the Birds Think?, WARNING! Gustnadoes Ahead, and Lachrymose. Recordings started this week in University Hall at Acadia University. Here's a cool photo from yesterday (May 3, 2016):
I've posted three excerpts from the premiere performance of Earth Airs (Symphony no. 2) from January 26, 2016. Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Gary Kulesha, Conductor, and the choir, Horizon, Vic Pankratz, Artistic Director. Centennial Hall, Winnipeg, MB.
Derek Charke – Capricious Modes (world premiere) Ana Sokolovic – Prelude and Toccata Derek Charke – "WARNING! Gustandoes Ahead” Derek Charke – Tangled in Plastic Currents Ana Sokolovic – Portrait parle Ana Sokolovic – Cinq danses (Nos. IV & III) Derek Charke – Disturbances of Circadian Rhythm Full Company Improvisation
Derek Charke, flute & composer Vince Ho, artistic director John Lowry, violin Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano Beth Root Sandvoss, cello Ana Sokolovic, composer Marcin Swoboda, viola
Coming up very soon! The remarkable Duo Turgeon, pianists Anne Louise-Turgeon and Edward Turgeon, will premiere my new piano duet Drift on April 5 in Toronto. For more details visit Music Toronto's website.
I'm excited about this work, particularly because of the wonderful opportunity to work with these fabulous musicians, and also because I've wanted to create a work for two pianos for a very long time. The piece is in four movements: Slow, Fast, Still, and Drift. The overall concept is two-fold, first as an abstract concept to drift around a fixed position, and second as an artistic muse on lake effect snow.
Wired and Wound, recorded by Tristan De Borba, alto saxophone, and Simon Docking, piano, and featured on our first Acadia New Music Society independent release "Live Wired!" directed by Mark Hopkins, has been nominated for Classical Composition of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards. Recording engineer was John D.S. Adams of Stonehouse Sound. Congratulations to the other nominees: Anthony Genge, Dinuk Wijeratne, Jérôme Blais, and Martin Kutnowski!
On Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m., the Charke/Cormier Duo (Derek Charke, flutes and Eugene Cormier, guitar) presents a varied recital including hits from Piazzolla, Handel, Ibert, Villa-Lobos, Vivadi, and the Halifax premiere of the Engine Continuum, a new work by Derek Charke. The monumental Histoire du Tango by Astor Piazzolla is arguably the most important work written for Guitar & Flute — a survey of the evolution of Argentine tango! Tickets are $20 and $10 for students at the door.
Derek Charke and Eugene Cormier started the Charke/Cormier Duo a year ago with a recital at the KC Irving Centre in Wolfville. Both performers are accomplished musicians who are on the teaching faculty at Acadia University’s School of Music. The Charke/Cormier Duo is actively searching for new performance opportunities, and plans to produce a debut CD in the near future. Various clips of previous performances are available on Eugene's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/EugeneCormier
Derek Charke is a JUNO and ECMA award-winning composer and flutist. A professor of composition at Acadia University, he also co-directs the Acadia New Music Society and continues to perform regularly as a new music performer and improviser on the flute.
Eugene Cormier is in high demand as a performer, teacher & adjudicator. He teaches guitar at Acadia University, is on the executive for the Halifax Guitar Society, and is a musical editor for the Guitar Foundation of America's seminal journal “Soundboard."
Program to include:
And (2nd mvt. from Wired and Released) by Derek Charke Entr’ Acte by Jacques Ibert Distribuçào De Flôres by Heitor Villa-Lobos Sonata in A Minor by Georg Friedric Handel The Engine Continuum by Derek Charke Histoire Du Tango by Astor Piazzolla 1. Bordel 1900 2. Café 1930 3. Nightclub 1960 4. Concert d’aujourd'hui
The concert will take place at The Music Room (6181 Lady Hammond Rd., Halifax, NS) on Wednesday, February 17, at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20 ($10 students) at the door.