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Derek Charke’s northern fascination stocks up Canada’s repertoire

Derek Charke’s northern fascination stocks up Canada’s repertoire

March 16, 2015
National

San Francisco’s cutting-edge Kronos Quartet has embraced the Nova Scotia composer’s fourth opus, inspired by a visit to the Athabasca oil sands. Dear Creator, help us return to the centre of our hearts is a live mashup of instruments emulating throat singing, industrial sounds and northern geography.

"NEW YORK—Composers do not ordinarily visit the Athabasca oil sands in Northern Alberta. But then, neither do they ordinarily investigate Inuit throat singing.

Enter Derek Charke, professor of composition and music theory at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., whose fascination with the Canadian north is turning him into one of our most interesting composers.

At least, the San Francisco-based Kronos String Quartet thinks so. Last Saturday in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall the world’s leading string foursome specializing in contemporary music premiered Dear Creator, help us return to the centre of our hearts, the fourth Charke opus to enter its repertoire (one of the earlier entries, his Concerto for String Quartet, was introduced by Kronos as part of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s New Creations festival)..."

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