AEMS 2019 Fall Concert


This weekend!

AEMS 2019 Fall Concert
Sun. Nov. 17, 2019 @ 3 pm
Festival Theatre Stage
Admission: free, donations accepted
Featuring 8-channel EA works by: Amy Brandon, Yvette Janine Jackson, Steven Naylor, Lukas Pearse & Derek Charke.

http://aems.acadiau.ca/event-reader-page/aems-fall-concert.html

Nov 17 2019


To soothe a suff'ring heart


Saturday November 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm. St. Andrew's Church, 6036 Coburg Rd. Halifax. I'll be performing a new work with the Halifax Camerata Singers.

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To soothe a suff'ring heart


Excited to be a part of this event. Includes my new work for the Halifax Camerata Singers called Sonnet to the Moon.

"To soothe a suff’ring heart with the Halifax Camerata Singers. Saturday, November 9, 2019 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church,Halifax

Find consolation and peace as we perform Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living and Tim Corlis’s Missa Pax and premiere a new work by Nova Scotia composer Derek Charke, Sonnet to the Moon, with text by English poet, Helen Maria Williams (1823).

Join us for this evening of remembrance with a special guest orchestra and four young singers from the Nova Scotia Youth Choir."




2 New Albums


Excited to be part of these two projects:

(1) Kickin’ It 2.0 by Land's End Ensemble. Pre-order available now from the Canadian Music Centre. Release date Oct. 25, 2019. Featuring music by Analia Llugdar, Derek Charke, Omar Daniel and Vincent Chee-Yung Ho, with performers Ben Reimer, Karl Hirzer, and Land's End Ensemble (John Lowry, violin; Beth Root Sandvoss, cello; Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano; Vincent Ho, artistic director). The album includes a work I wrote for John Lowry and Dame Evelyn Glennie called Tree Rings.

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(2) Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars featuring the music of Carmen Braden and featuring performers Carmen Braden, David Parker, Derek Charke, Gillian Smith, Mark Adam, Nadia Francavilla, Norman Adams, Susan Sayle, and Suzanne Lemieux. It's an amazing album by an amazing composer — check it out here: https://cmccanada.org/shop/cmccd-27119/

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Bathymetric Terrains Live Performance


A video from a recent performance of Bathymetric Terrains at the University of PEI is now on YouTube.




Bathymetric Terrains Update


Bathymetric Terrains is finished! We're (The Charke~Cormier Duo) in the final rehearsals in preparation for the premiere on Sun. Aug 25, 2019 (2pm to 3pm) at the 21st Century Guitar conference in Ottawa. We'll be presenting the work in Freiman Hall at the University of Ottawa.

Here's a few pictures of the setup. We're using DPA microphones for the guitar and two flutes; a MIDI mouse foot pedal to forward events; Max/MSP/Jitter to run the processing and playback of sound files and video; and everything is routed through the MOTU 828 Ultralight audio interface.

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AEMS – The Acadia Electroacoustic Music Studio


AEMS, the Acadia Electroacoustic Music Studio, is now complete. Steven Naylor and I sat down for a conversation with Research Nova Scotia recently to discuss the studio. A press release is also available here: https://researchns.ca/2019/08/19/aems/




YouTube Videos


Always exciting to see new videos online. Here's a few that I've only just discovered. Some amazing performances! Thanks to everyone for posting your videos.








3x4 and 4x5


Two new flute ensemble works are now available from the Canadian Music Centre:

3x4 for flute octet: https://cmccanada.org/shop/75799/

4x5 for flute quartet: https://cmccanada.org/shop/75798/


In the Falling Dark 1 performed by Edward Enman


Thanks to pianist/composer Edward Enman for posting his video of In the Falling Dark 1.




ECMA Award


Thrilled to have received a fourth ECMA award! Classical Composition of the Year 2019 for the work Ex Tempore with Eugene Cormier and the Charke~Cormier Duo.

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ECMA Classical Showcase 2019


Excited for the Charke~Cormier Duo to be part of the 2019 ECMA Classical Music Showcase in PEI from 3-5 pm Sat. May 4.

For full event details visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1045836282276750/

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AEMS, the Acadia Electroacoustic Music Studio


AEMS, the Acadia Electroacoustic Music Studio is almost complete! It's taken a few years but now the studio is nearly ready for operation. AEMS is the first fully functioning multi-channel spatialized studio of its kind in Nova Scotia. The purpose of AEMS is the exploration of spatialized sound, acousmatic composition and interactive electroacoustic music. AEMS is located in the Festival Theatre on the campus of Acadia University in Wolfville, NS.

For more information visit: https://aems.acadiau.ca/

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Disturbances of Circadian Rhythm with score on YouTube


Disturbances of Circadian Rhythm (2008) for solo flute and Max/MSP is now available on YouTube with the score! Recording with Derek Charke, flute.




Lumière Immobile with score on YouTube


My first composition for flute and electronics from way back in 2004 is now on YouTube with the score.




Raga Cha with score on YouTube


I don't know why it took so long for me to put this score onto YouTube…! But here's the first in my series of flute ensemble works, Raga Cha!




Bathymetric Terrains Update 2


An updated example from Bathymetric Terrains, "Water is …" for multiple flutes and guitars. Eugene Cormier, guitars. Derek Charke, flutes. For more information: http://charke.com/works/bathymetricterrains.htm






2 ECMA nominations for Ex Tempore


Exited to announce that the album Ex Tempore by the Charke~Cormier Duo has garnered 2 ECMA nominations for Classical Recording of the Year, and Classical Composition of the Year (for the work Ex Tempore)!

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Purchase the album: Charke~Cormier Duo | Leaf-Music | iTunes | NAXOS | Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Highresaudio



Bathymetric Terrains Update 1


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. The number of movements is TBD. There will be a soundscape that includes multiple flute and guitar parts, ocean sounds, and other sounds. Some of the work 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 from the movement "Water Is …" with just flutes and voice: