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In Sonorous Falling Tones features the music of Derek Charke, the WIRED! Ensemble conducted by Mark Hopkins, and Derek Charke as flute soloist. The music in this album spans the fullest range of Derek’s output, from a work written fifteen years ago while he was finishing his doctoral studies in composition at SUNY Buffalo, to the title track—a work from 2015 that features his considerable talents as a flutist. Derek creates new and complex musical worlds, always searching for some kernel of truth and beauty.

Derek Charke is a JUNO and three-time East Coast Music Association award winning composer and flutist. Commissioned by an impressive list of performers and organizations including the Kronos Quartet and St. Lawrence String Quartet, Dr. Charke is currently a professor of composition at Acadia University.

Featuring:
Mark Hopkins, conductor; Derek Charke, flutes; Eileen Walsh, clarinets; Gillian Smith, violin; Susan Sayle, viola; Norman Adams, cello; Max Kasper, bass; Simon Docking, piano; Mark Adam and Naoko Tsujita, percussion. WIRED! is the resident ensemble of the Acadia New Music Society, and the brainchild of conductor Mark Hopkins and composer Derek Charke. With a flexible instrumentation, WIRED! Is comprised of professional musicians from the Maritimes who are dedicated to the excellent performance of quality chamber music of our time. The CD was produced by John D.S. Adams of Stonehouse Sound for the Centrediscs Label (Toronto).

Tracks include:

1-3. In Sonorous Falling Tones
4. Lachrymose
5-7. What do the Birds Think?
8. WARNING! Gustnadoes Ahead

Available June 2, 2017 on: iTunes | Canadian Music Centre | NAXOS | Amazon | Arkivmusic | HIGHRESAUDIO

Full Booklet Available Here

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Live Wired, is a snapshot of music being created and performed as a direct result of the festival. Featuring conductor, Mark Hopkins, the NBG Ensemble, the Acadia University Wind Ensemble; composers Anthony Genge, Derek Charke and Jérôme Blais; with guest soloists Tristan De Borba, Alto Saxophone and Janice Jackson, Soprano.  Live Wired was recorded by Stonehouse Sound at University Hall in Wolfville, NS with support from the Acadia University Research Fund, Arts Nova Scotia, the Canadian Music Centre and the Acadia University School of Music.

***Composer Jérôme Blais won first prize in the Concours du Prix collégien de musique contemporaine 2015 with his work, (Un)Forgotten Voices, featured on this CD***
***Nominated for three East Coast Music Awards in the Classical Composition of the Year category***

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Canadian Music Centre or iTunes

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The “Kitchen Party” is a chance for neighbors, family and friends to gather and enjoy good food, good music, and each other’s company. The Acadia New Music Festival, Shattering the Silence, delved into this intimate musical setting unique to Eastern Canada. Over the course of three hours on a snowy Sunday afternoon, in February 2013, composers, performers, and audience bumped elbows, shared food, and enjoyed some terrific music. The Kitchen Party CD captures the magic of that evening. Flutist Derek Charke and percussionist Mark Adam present seven new works by CMC Associate composers: Bob Bauer, Derek Charke, Anthony Genge, Jeff Hennessy, Steven Naylor, Jim O’Leary, and John Plant. A single strand of DNA links all seven works. A live improvisation on this musical strand is included on the CD.

***WINNER of Classical Composition of the Year: Derek Charke at the East Coast Music Awards***
***WINNER of Classical Album of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards***
***Nominated for three East Coast Music Awards in the Classical Composition of the Year category***

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“… Between the Shore and the Ships… the Grand-Pré Recordings” started as a Canadian Music Centre ‘New Music in New Places’ event. Eight Nova Scotian composers were selected to compose new works for soprano, Helen Pridmore, and clarinettist, Wesley Ferreira. The historic texts were gathered from the Grand-Pré National Historical Site of Canada located in Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia just outside Wolfville. These texts dealt with the deportation of the Acadians from the Acadian settlement which occurred between 1755 and 1762. The first performance of the new works was held at Grand-Pré National Historical Site of Canada as the opening concert for the “Shattering the Silence New Music Festival” in 2010. Featuring composers Derek Charke, Steven Naylor, Michael Parker, Jérôme Blais, Scott Macmillan, Robert Bauer, John Abram, and Sandy Moore.

***WINNER of Classical Composition of the Year: Derek Charke at the East Coast Music Awards***
***WINNER of Classical Album of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards***
***Nominated for three East Coast Music Awards in the Classical Composition of the Year category***

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Canadian Music Centre or iTunes.

We wish to thank and acknowledge our funding partners, including:

Arts Nova Scotia, Canada Council for the Arts, SOCAN Foundation, CBC Radio 2, Canadian Music Centre, Kings County, and Acadia University.

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