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CLC-LCC Newsflash! - East Coast Music Awards

CLC-LCC Newsflash! - East Coast Music Awards

April 9, 2015

Derek Charke, Wolfville - It’s East Coast Music Awards time again and there’s no shortage of Nova Scotia composers up for prizes. In fact, four out of the five nominations for Classical Composition of the Year are from one disc: “Kitchen Party” (Centrediscs, 2014) featuring Mark Grant Adam on percussion, and myself on flute. The album itself is nominated for Classical Album of the Year.

Two winters ago Mark and I recruited seven local composers to write works reflecting on an East Coast Kitchen Party, including: Bob Bauer, Anthony Genge, Jeff Hennessy, Jim O’Leary, Steven Naylor, John Plant, and myself. We premiered the works during our annual Acadia New Music Festival here in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Quoting Mark Hopkins (who co-directs the festival): “For those who live in rural Nova Scotia, the “kitchen party” is a ubiquitous social event, a chance for neighbours, family and friends to gather and enjoy good food, good music, and each other’s company.”

It was definitely a memorable evening, and there was plenty of good music too. Most of the composers were in attendance. A snowstorm thwarted the efforts of a few others — but hey, that’s February in Nova Scotia. Quasar saxophone quartet and composer Michael Colgrass were also there as guests of the festival. That summer we recorded the works in Mark Adam’s barn. It’s a lovely converted space in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Mark still keeps chickens next door. Now, if this isn’t an East Coast recording session, I don’t know what is!

We’re nominated with some of our wonderful colleagues, including percussionist and composer Rob Power from Newfoundland, La Tour Baroque Duo (Tim Blackmore and Michel Cardin), pianist Roger Lord, and Trio Arkaède (flutist Karin Aurell, violinist Isabelle Fournier, and pianist Julien LeBlanc), all of whom hail from New Brunswick.

I’ll be travelling to the awards show in St. John’s, NF this weekend, along with Allegra Young from the Canadian Music Centre.

Good luck to everyone!


Derek Charke is a JUNO and ECMA award-winning composer and flutist. 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.

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