(Halifax, NS) Nova Scotia Duo Release Bathymetric Terrains
Nova Scotia’s Charke-Cormier Duo releases its latest recording, Bathymetric Terrains, at The Music Room on Saturday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m. The album, on the Leaf Music label, is available February 14 and is distributed by Naxos of America. Bathymetric Terrains muses on the ecology of oceans and tidal bays; bathymetry is the measurement of water depths.
Derek Charke (flutes) and Eugene Cormier (guitar) formed the Charke-Cormier Duo in 2014, releasing their debut recording, Ex Tempore, in 2018. The album was nominated for the 2019 ECMA Award for Classical Album of the Year, and the composition Ex Tempore won the 2019 ECMA award for Classical Composition of the Year. The Whole Note magazine called the album “a fabulous debut!” The duo publishes their music under the Charke-Cormier Duo Collection with Doberman-Yppan in Québec. Both performers are highly accomplished musicians who are on the faculty of Acadia University’s School of Music.
Canadian Music Centre Associate Composer Derek Charke (www.charke.com) is a JUNO and ECMA award-winning composer and flutist. His music is eclectic – often defying categorization due to wide-ranging influences. Dr. Charke is a professor of music at Acadia University Wolfville, where he teaches composition and music theory. He also heads AEMS, the Acadian Electroacoustic Music Studio.
Dr. Charke can see the fragile ecosystem of The Minas Basin from his home in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, including the seabed that is exposed when the tide is out twice daily: “For a while now I’ve wanted to compose something about these hidden landscapes. The composition includes multiple flute, guitar, and voice parts. The solo parts are performed live while the backing tracks, processing, and soundscapes are projected through speakers. For live performances, a video of various seascapes from around Nova scotia is projected on a screen.”
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The album was produced, engineered and mastered at Derek Charke’s studio in Wolfville, NS and at AEMS, the Acadian Electroacoustic Music Studio (sponsored by CFI-JELF, and the NS Research and Innovation Trust), with additional mastering by Jeremy VanSlyke.
This project is funded in part by Arts Nova Scotia and Acadia University.
This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters. Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.
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Nova Scotia’s Charke-Cormier Duo is releasing a new album, Bathymetric Terrains, at The Music Room on February 15 at 2:00 p.m. This recording features flutes and guitar, and relates to the fragile ecosystems of the Minas Basin. Bathymetry is the measurement of water depths.
The CD features music written for the Duo by composer Derek Charke, who is a professor of music at Acadia University. In seven movements, the music references flowing water, the various levels of the ocean and explores the imagery of the ocean through rhythm and melody.
That’s the Charke-Cormier Duo, launching their new recording, Bathymetric Terrains at the Music Room on Saturday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m. The event is free and all are welcome.