Derek Charke is a JUNO and ECMA award-winning composer and flutist. Derek has been commissioned by world-renowned artists including the Kronos Quartet, Winnipeg Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, St. Lawrence String Quartet, and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, as well as an impressive list of other performers and organizations. Derek is a professor at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia where he teaches composition and theory, and he continues to perform regularly as a new music performer and improviser on the flute. Although his music tends to defy categorization, it has been described as post-minimal, inventive, rich textured, full of colour, and imbued with drama and rhythmic vitality.
Many works explore environmental issues. For example, 'Tangled in Plastic Currents' for cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, muses on the plastic clogging our ocean. His 45-minute Symphony No. 1 ‘Transient Energies’ for Symphony Nova Scotia, explores a soundscape of energy production sounds. 'Falling from Cloudless Skies' commissioned for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, focuses on a soundscape of falling ice sounds. 'Warning! Gustandoes Ahead' for the National Flute Association, deals with destructive nature of wind. 'Oikos/Ecos' for soprano Janice Jackson, is a commentary on our state of affairs. The title translates from Greek and Latin roots as our house, and more particularly, in the ecological sense, our planet earth. 'Disturbances of Circadian Rhythm', for flutist Chenoa Anderson, deals with sleep patterns.