Sev­eral ECMA nods for Kings County mu­si­cians

Annapolis Valley Register - - ARTS - By Wendy El­liott -

Sev­eral East Coast Mu­sic Award nom­i­na­tions came Kings County’s way re­cently.

Two Aca­dia Uni­ver­sity mu­sic pro­fes­sors, Derek Charke and Mark Adam, were se­lected in the clas­si­cal cat­e­gory. The Kitchen Party al­bum they worked on to­gether has four nom­i­na­tions in the com­po­si­tion cat­e­gory as well.

Charke won the 2012 Juno Award for Clas­si­cal Com­po­si­tion of the Year for his work, Sepia Frag­ments, and the 2013 ECMA for clas­si­cal com­po­si­tion of the year for his work, Be­tween the Shore and the Ships.

The Hup­man Broth­ers’ al­bum, Black River Blues, re­ceived a nod in the blues record­ing of the year cat­e­gory. Ryan and Scott Hup­man cap­tured the same cat­e­gory in 2010.

The Union Street Café in Ber­wick was nom­i­nated as venue of the year.

Glenn McMullen and his firm, Sound of Pop, now has its sixth ECMA nom­i­na­tion - this time for mu­sic mer­chant of the year. In 2010 and 2011, the Wolfville­based firm was nom­i­nated for record la­bel of the year, fol­lowed by a 2012 nom­i­na­tion for com­pany of the year. Founded in 2001, Sound of Pop’s pri­mary fo­cus is pitch­ing mu­sic for film, TV and ad­ver­tise­ments, in ad­di­tion to man­ag­ing a band from New Brunswick, The Play­dates, and run­ning a small, in­de­pen­dent record la­bel.

Can­ning’s Laura Roy co-wrote a song called Blin­ders that was nom­i­nated in the Elec­tronic Mu­sic cat­e­gory. It fea­tures her on vo­cals. Blin­ders was picked up this past sum­mer by Tommy Boy Pro­duc­tions in New York and peaked at 15 on the USA DJ Dance and House Charts.

Roy has moved to Toronto, where she is writ­ing and pro­duc­ing a new re­lease of songs for spring. She has a manager in New York now and will per­form again at Canadian Mu­sic week in Toronto in May. At a Kitchen Party Charke said he was very ex­cited that four of the five nom­i­na­tions for clas­si­cal com­po­si­tion are from Kitchen Party.

Pro­ducer Mark Adam re­leased Kitchen Party last Fe­bru­ary at the Aca­dia New Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, Shat­ter­ing the Si­lence.

It was cre­ated in an in­ti­mate mu­si­cal set­ting unique to Eastern Canada over the course of three hours on a snowy Sun­day af­ter­noon in the win­ter of 2013.

The com­po­si­tions that were nom­i­nated are Reel Vari­a­tions by Charke, Third Duo by An­thony Genge, Capric­cio by John Plant and Dream Kitchen by ad­junct Aca­dia pro­fes­sor Steven Nay­lor.

Per­form­ers on the al­bum in­cluded Charke, Adam and an­other mu­sic pro­fes­sor, Jeff Hen­nessy, who also wrote a tune on the al­bum.

Eastlink East Coast Mu­sic Week will place in St. John’s, NL from April 8-12. The event brings to­gether in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned mu­si­cians and in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als for five days of per­for­mances, con­fer­ences, and a gala award show.

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David Charke, an Aca­dia mu­sic pro­fes­sor, is nom­i­nated for an ECMA in the clas­si­cal cat­e­gory. He is also nom­i­nated for the Kitchen Party al­bum he worked on.

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