Awesome new recording by Saxophilia. Check it out! Presently available on Band Camp.

Vancouver based saxophone quartet Saxophilia performs Canadian works by Colin MacDonald, Peter Hannan, John Burke, Dorothy Chang, and Derek Charke.

Julia Nolan, soprano saxophone
Kris Covlin, alto saxophone
David Branter, tenor saxophone
Colin MacDonald, baritone saxophone


True North: Symphonic Ballet Live Stream Recording

The recording from the True North: Symphonic Ballet project is available online. The video is located at the bottom of the following page:

True North: Symphonic Ballet

Thrilled to have been a part of this project which premiered this past Saturday Oct. 28, 2017 with composers Dinuk Wijeratne, Maxime McKinley, Dorothy Chang, Vince Ho, and Hal Eagletail; featuring the Tsuu Ti’Na singers; Yukichi Hattori, Galien Johnston Hattori, and Tara Williamson, dancers; conducted by Gary Kulesha, and performed by the Calgary Philharmonic. Below are the documentary videos of the process by Emil Agopian.

BETA Quartet Debut Album

Check out the debut album from the BETA Quartet. Includes Raga Sept.

"BETA's Debut Album on Merandi Records. Featuring music from Anže Rozman, Jennifer Higdon, Mark Fromm, Mike Mower, and Derek Charke."


WholeNote Review — In Sonorous Falling Tones CD

A nice review by Allan Pulker in the WholeNote, Toronto: In Sonorous Falling Tones.

I'm particularly happy about the last quote:

"Bravissimo! This is contemporary music-making at its best. Good things are happening in Wolfville, Nova Scotia."

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Cheng2Duo — An Elemental Expedition

Bryan Cheng, cello
Silvie Cheng, piano

Derek Charke –  Atlantic – rain/water
Jordan Pal – Central – fire/metal
Vincent Ho – Prairies – wind/sky
Rodney Sharman – West – earth/mountain
Carmen Braden – North – snow/ice

Acadia Electroacoustic Music Studio announcement

Acadia University researchers Drs. Derek Charke and Kirk Hillier are each receiving John R. Evans Fund awards from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Announced today at Laurentian University by Minister of Science, the Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Dr. Derek Charke will receive $40,778 for his development of the Acadia Electroacoustic Music Studio and Dr. Kirk Hillier will receive $155,206 for his development of the Acadia Quarantine Behavioral Bioassay Facility.

Read the announcement here:

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Bass Flute Improv

A bass flute improv from this morning…

Calgary Philharmonic Project

On the Road to the True North Documentary Episode 6. Click here for more information on this cool project.

Premiere Performance of Tree Rings

A recording of the premiere performance of Tree Rings for John Lowry and Evelyn Glennie from May 26, 2017 — Bella Concert Hall, Calgary, Alberta. Part of the 20th Anniversary concert presented by Land's End Ensemble (Calgary) and Evelyn Glennie, featuring world premieres by Allan Bell, Omar Daniel, Luna Pearl Woolf, Vincent Ho, and myself.

Take a read through this thoughtful and detailed review of the concert by Stephan Bonfield of the Calgary Herald.

BETA Quartet performs Raga Sept

Here's a live recording of Raga Sept with the BETA Quartet. Amazing performance!

In Sonorous Falling Tones Spotify Picks

The title track of In Sonorous Falling Tones is featured in Spotify’s Classical New Releases: Spotify Picks playlist with over 160000 subscribers

In Sonorous Falling Tones Trailer

A trailer video has been created for In Sonorous Falling Tones by John D.S. Adams of Stonehouse Sound. Check it out! Includes an excerpt of What do the Birds Think? and Lachrymose.

In Sonorous Falling Tones Album

New CD available June 2, 2017. Includes four works: In Sonorous Falling Tones, Lachrymose, What do the Birds Think?, and WARNING! Gustnadoes Ahead.

Featuring the WIRED! Ensemble & myself on flutes. Conducted by Mark Hopkins.

Performers include: Eileen Walsh, clarinets; Gillian Smith, violin; Susan Sayle, viola; Norman Adams, cello; Max Kasper, bass; Mark Adam, percussion; Naoko Tsujita, percussion. Produced by John D.S. Adams of Stonehouse Sound, and released on Centrediscs (Toronto).

More information will be posted when it's available. A huge thanks to all involved!

UPDATE May 10, 2017: the album is now available for pre-order on iTunes.

Derek Charke In Sonorous Falling Tones Cover

Charke / Cormier Duo Website Updated

Check out the new Charke / Cormier Duo website! With new photos by James Ingram, Jive Photographic Productions, Halifax, NS.

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The Equation of Time on YouTube

A live performance of The Equation of Time with Eugene Cormier, guitar and myself on bass flute (Charke/Cormier Duo) is now on YouTube. From our performance on the annual Tom Regan concert at Acadia University.

Lachrymose recorded by Natalie Schwaabe

Excited to announce that Lachrymose has been recorded by German piccolo virtuoso Natalie Schwaabe. Her CD includes an incredible array of music, including works by Levente Gyöngösi, Gert Wilden jr, Franco Donatoni, Mike Mower, Franz Kanefzky, and Jan Erik Mikalsen, in collaboration with pianist Jan Philip Schulze. The CD will be available on iTunes on February 17, 2017

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