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Centrediscs’ release Between the Shore and the Ships awarded two 2013 East Coast Music Awards: Classical Recording of the Year and Classical Composition of the Year (Derek Charke)

Centrediscs’ release Between the Shore and the Ships awarded two 2013 East Coast Music Awards: Classical Recording of the Year and Classical Composition of the Year (Derek Charke)

March 14, 2013

MARCH 12, 2013, 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 2013 East Coast Music Awards for his work … between the shore and the ships… from the album Between the Shore and the Ships. Helen Pridmore, soprano, and Wesley Ferreira, clarinetist, were also awarded an East Coast Music Award for their work on Between the Shore and the Ships for “Classical Recording of the Year.”

Between the Shore and the Ships started as a Canadian Music Centre ‘New Music in New Places’ event. Eight Nova Scotian composers were selected to compose new works for soprano, Helen Pridmore, and clarinetist, Wesley Ferreira. The historic texts were gathered from the Grand-Pré National Historical Site of Canada located in Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia just outside Wolfville. These texts dealt with the deportation of the Acadians from the Acadian settlement which occurred between 1755 and 1762. The first performance of the new works was held at Grand-Pré National Historical Site of Canada as the opening concert for the “Shattering the Silence New Music Festival” in 2010.

"Singer Pridmore is fearless faced with repeated demands for expressive vowelizations entwining with a clarinet accompaniment..." Max Christie, The Wholenote

Between the Shore and the Ships is available online at
www.musiccentre.ca, through music download services
and in major classical music retailers nationwide.

Click here to listen to a sample of …between the shore and the ships…

About Derek Charke
JUNO and ECMA award winning composer Derek Charke is 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 Helen Pridmore
Helen Pridmore is a singer and sound artist. Her passion for new music has resulted in many performances and premieres of works by Canadian and American composers. She has performed at The Banff Centre for the Arts, the Sound Symposium, the Scotia Festival, and in venues across Canada and the USA. Helen also employs improvisation, spoken word and extended vocal techniques in her work. She is a member of Motion Ensemble, New Brunswick’s new music group, whose concerts include scored music, improvisations, and interactive electronic and visual media. Motion Ensemble has toured widely in Canada and made its US debut in New York City; its CD of works by John Cage was released worldwide by Mode Records. Helen is also part of the duo Sbot N Wo, where she creates vocal/electronic improvisations in sound. Sbot N Wo has been broadcast on Radio-Canada and has performed across Canada and in Germany, the UK and Japan. Born in England, Helen studied voice and piano in Canada and the USA, earning a doctorate at the Eastman School of Music. More recently she has studied extended vocal techniques with Joan La Barbara and Richard Armstrong. She teaches voice and related topics at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB.

About Wesley Ferreira
Wesley Ferreira is one of the prominent clarinetists of his generation. Born in London, Ontario, to parents of Portuguese heritage, Ferreira leads an active and diverse career performing worldwide as soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, and as an engaging adjudicator, clinician, and conductor. He joined the music faculty at Colorado State University in 2011 as Assistant Professor of Clarinet following four years in the position of single-reeds instructor and director of bands at Mount Allison University. He has been featured soloist with numerous wind bands and orchestras in North America and Europe, and has been broadcast nationally on both Canadian and Australian Broadcasting Corporations. Ferreira has given performances and master classes at colleges and universities throughout North America. He demonstrates a commitment to teaching and pedagogy, and contributes regularly to the Clarinet and Canadian Winds journals. Equally at ease performing the masterworks as well as contemporary pieces, Ferreira shows avid support for new music by frequently commissioning and premiering works. Ferreira currently holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario (B.Mus.) and Arizona State University (M.Mus.) studying with clarinetists Robert Riseling and Robert Spring, respectively.

About Centrediscs
Centrediscs, recording label of the Canadian Music Centre, with 6 JUNO Awards and 33 nominations, 3 ECMAs and 5 nominations and 7 WCMAs and 6 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