Bathymetric Terrains


I'm currently working on a new composition for flute, guitar and electronics called Bathymetric Terrains. Bathymetry is the charting of underwater terrains. I can see the Minas Basin from my living room and watch the tides come and go twice a day. It's fascinating to see the topography revealed. This work is for the Charke ~ Cormier Duo and will be finished some time in the spring of 2019. Currently there are four movements planned. There will be a soundscape that includes multiple flute and guitar parts, ocean sounds, and other sounds. The third movement will include live computer processing. I will post updates from time-to-time. Thanks to Arts Nova Scotia for providing funding to support the creation of this work.

For more information use this link: http://charke.com/works/bathymetricterrains.htm

Here is a short teaser mock-up of the second movement opening, Water Is … with just flutes and voice:






New Flute Octet: 3x4

I've created a new flute octet called "3x4". Scores and parts will be available from the Canadian Music Centre soon.





Festive Tunes


Check out some festive tunes with the Charke~Cormier Duo!








New Flute Quartet: 4x5

I've created a new flute quartet called "4x5". Scores and parts will be available from the Canadian Music Centre soon.





Oikos / Ecos at the MINT Conference


Check out a video by Andrew David Terris of Oikos / Ecos featuring Janice Isabel Jackson, singer from the MINT conference that happened a few weeks ago in Halifax. The background video projections are by Lukas Pearse.
MINT 2018 - Derek Charke from Andrew David Terris on Vimeo.



Shadows Leaves Shimmer YouTube


I've created a version of Shadow Leaves Shimmer for 8 multi-tracked bass flutes with a video of trees in my backyard. Shadow Leaves Shimmer is an ambient, minimalist work inspired by watching the shadows of leaves on my studio floor. The score for this work is variable with numerous possibilities for interpretation. The work is for any combination of instruments. In this version you hear variations on a fundamental chord of G7, with the 7ths slightly flat to resemble the harmonic series. The bass flutes perform deep meditative breaths which slowly change character over time. Occasionally the harmony is modified with other chords. This version is a little over one hour. Shadow Leaves Shimmer was commissioned by the UpStream Music Association, Halifax, NS.





New Flute Quartet: 6x7


I've created a new flute quartet called "6x7". Scores and parts will be available from the Canadian Music Centre soon.





New Flute Quartet: 5x6


I've created a new flute quartet called "5x6". Scores and parts will be available from the Canadian Music Centre soon.





Arts Nova Scotia Established Artist Award


Thrilled to have received an Established Artist Award from Arts Nova Scotia. Congrats to all of the other awardees!



CBC East Coast Music Hour


Really enjoyed being a part of this session last spring with Daniel MacNeil, guitar/oud; Taral Naik, tabla; Samidha Naik, voice; Donald MacLennan, violin; Norman Adams, cello; and myself on flute. Here's the video produced by CBC Halifax:





Nine Lines Video


The video from the premiere performance of Nine Lines at the Venice Biennale is now available on YouTube: