A video from the premiere of Raga Nau in New Orleans has been posted on YouTube. Premiere August 9, 2013 5–6pm Mariott New Orleans – Acadia Room, 3rd Floor, New Orleans, LA (USA) Sonja Giles, Kim Scott, Erica Peel, Shivhan Dohse, Christine Beard and Derek Charke, flutes
This summer I’ve been working on a new group of pieces that I’m calling my “Wired” series. Each work is in three movements. The outer movements are high energy. The first movement tends to be minimalistic. The middle movement uses a walking bass-like line with a disjunct but lyric 'endless' chromatic melody. The last movement tends to be more free-flowing with longer active lines based on variations on a single pentatonic, or other scale with limited pitch material. Outer movements are titled “Wired”, “Wound”, “Released”, or another similar name. The middle movement is always called “and” as it joins the two outer movements. So far there are four works. I suspect I may create more works for this series in the coming months (or years!). Yesterday I finished the fourth work in the series, “Wound and Released” for Bb trumpet and piano.
I’ve complete a new flute quintet for the 2013 National Flute Convention in New Orleans this summer! Here’s a preview of the work on YouTube. If you’re at the convention, be sure to drop by and listen to the premiere LIVE!!!
Premiere August 9, 2013 5–6pm Mariott New Orleans – Acadia Room, 3rd Floor, New Orleans, LA (USA) Sonja Giles, Kim Scott, Erica Peel, Shivhan Dohse, Christine Beard and Derek Charke, flutes
Oikos/Ecos (2009) was composed for vocalist extraordinaire Janice Jackson. The text is built on my reflections of news headlines and online comments captured within a one hour span on a random day and time back in 2009.
I’ve created a video with the score. Check it out:
Coming up soon! The world premiere of my ‘Concerto Grosso’, and a premiere of one of my composition students from Acadia, Lucas Oickle’s ‘Constellations’. The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, conducted by Dinuk Wijeratne. At Acadia University on Sat. April 27 (7 pm), and in Halifax at St. Andrew’s Church on Sun. April 28 (7 pm).
MARCH 12, 2013, TORONTO, ON - Centrediscs, the recording label of the Canadian Music Centre, is thrilled to congratulate CMC Associate Composer Derek Charke on winning the “Classical Composition of the Year” at the 2013 East Coast Music Awards for his work … between the shore and the ships… from the album Between the Shore and the Ships. Helen Pridmore, soprano, and Wesley Ferreira, clarinetist, were also awarded an East Coast Music Award for their work on Between the Shore and the Ships for “Classical Recording of the Year.”