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CMC Composer Derek Charke wins 2012 JUNO Award for Classical Composition of the Year

CMC Composer Derek Charke wins 2012 JUNO Award for Classical Composition of the Year

April 24, 2012
Ontario

APRIL 3, 2012, TORONTO, ON - Centrediscs, the recording label of the Canadian Music Centre, is thrilled to congratulate CMC Associate Composer Derek Charke on winning the “Classical Composition of the Year” at the 2012 JUNO Awards for his work Sepia Fragments from the album Sea to Sea.

Sepia Fragments was co-commissioned Katie and Alan Huckabone family of Petawawa, Ontario and CBC Radio 2 for the St. Lawrence String Quartet. The piece is, in a way, a collage, juxtaposing divergent material. A fiddle tune, referencing folk influences, plays with transformed snippets of Schumann, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. The music builds and finally subsides in to a slow and introspective conclusion.

“Derek Charke’s smeared lines and quivering textures have an immediate appeal...” – Elissa Poole, The Globe and Mail

Sepia Fragments is one of four works on the Centrediscs recording titled Sea to Sea, which also features pieces by Associate Composers Brian Current, Suzanne Hébert-Tremblay, Marcus Goddard and Elizabeth Raum all performed by the renowned St. Lawrence String Quartet. CBC Radio 2 recorded for broadcast all five works in November 2009 at the University of Toronto’s Walter Hall.

The Canadian Music Centre and Centrediscs are equally proud to congratulate CMC Associate Composers Ann Southam, Heather Schmidt, Jeffrey Ryan, and Jacques Hétu on their JUNO Nominations in the category of Classical Composition of the Year, and extends their very best wishes.

The complete Centrediscs recording of Sea to Sea was made possible through the financial assistance of Heritage Canada’s Canada Music Fund, the Canada Council for the Arts and Memorial University’s Office of Research.

Sea to Sea is available online at
www.musiccentre.ca, through music download services
and in major classical music retailers nationwide.

About Derek Charke
Derek Charke is a composer, a professional flutist, and an Associate Professor of Music at Acadia University. Derek Charke’s music is recognized as an important and original contribution to the Canadian music scene. Described as inventive, rich textured, full of colour, imbued with drama and rhythmic vitality, he creates works with a depth and intensity that often include moments of extraordinary tranquility. Ecological sound, field recordings, and electronic sound play important roles in many of his compositions. Commissioned by world renowned artists such as the Kronos Quartet, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Katona Twins, and the National Flute Association, his music has been performed in many countries, and has been heard in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

About Centrediscs
Centrediscs, recording label of the Canadian Music Centre, with 6 JUNO Awards and 33 nominations to date was created in 1981 as Canada’s foremost label of Canadian contemporary concert music, recording the works of its CMC Associate Composers. Visit www.centrediscs.ca for more information.

About the Canadian Music Centre
The Canadian Music Centre oversees the music of the largest community of professional Canadian composers. The Centre offers an on-demand publishing service, music repertoire consultations, does extensive outreach events and marketing through its five Regional Centres and is easily accessible through its extensive interactive website. CMC also promotes the work of its Associate Composers through its Publishing unit and the five lending libraries of more than 21,000 scores and 14,000 related archival recordings plus some 1300 commercially recorded CD titles.

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For further information, please contact:
Allegra Young
Recording and Licensing Manager
Phone: 416.961.6601 ext. 304
Email: ayoung@musiccentre.ca

Related Composers: Derek Charke

Related Compositions: Sepia fragments