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DEREK CHARKE and Centrediscs’ “Kitchen Party” Awarded Two 2015 East Coast Music Awards

DEREK CHARKE and Centrediscs’ “Kitchen Party” Awarded Two 2015 East Coast Music Awards

April 14, 2015

APRIL 14, 2015, TORONTO, ON - Centrediscs, the recording label of the Canadian Music Centre, is thrilled to announce that its 2014 release, Kitchen Party, has been awarded two 2015 East Coast Music Awards. Composer Derek Charke received Classical Compoistion of the Year for his piece Reel Variations (Kitchen Party, Centrediscs) and, for the first time in ECMA history, tied with composer Rob Power who also received an ECMA in the same category for his piece Tunnel Mountain (Touch - Music for Percussion, Independent). Derek Charke, flute, and Mark Adam, percussion, were awarded Classical Recording of the Year for Kitchen Party. This is Charke’s third ECMA and marks the third year in a row that Centrediscs releases have won in both classical categories.

The “Kitchen Party” is a chance for neighbours, family and friends to gather and enjoy good food, good music, and each other’s company. The Acadia New Music Festival, Shattering the Silence, delved into this intimate musical setting unique to Eastern Canada in 2013. On this CD, flutist Derek Charke and percussionist Mark Adam present seven new works by CMC Associate composers. A single strand of DNA links all seven works. A live improvisation on this musical strand is included on the CD.

In addition to being a world-class flutist, Derek Charke is a JUNO and East Coast Music Award-winning composer. He has created works at the request of world-renowned artists including the Kronos Quartet, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the St. Lawrence String Quartet and Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq. Critics have described Charke’s music as “eclectic, hectic, and sometimes electric.” Ecological sound, field recordings and a long-standing fascination with the Arctic are important to his aesthetics. Derek is an Associate Professor at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

Mark Adam is fluent across a wide range of musical styles. He is a collaborative performer who has spearheaded performances of large works by Steve Reich, George Crumb and Bela Bartok while also being active as an improviser with musicians like Derek Charke, Dinuk Wijeratne and the trio Sanctuary. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award and has won teaching awards at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, where he works and teaches.

The East Coast Music Awards, classical category, were presented at the JAG Hotel during the Industry Awards on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The CMC would like to congratulate composers Anthony Genge, John Plant and Steven Naylor on their nominations.

For the full list of nominations, please click here.

About the Canadian Music Centre
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For further information, please contact:
Allegra Young
Director of Communications and Centrediscs
Phone: 416-961-6601 x 304
Email: ayoung@musiccentre.ca

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Related Composers: Derek Charke