Leaf Music is pleased to announce the release of Ex Tempore from the Charke-Cormier Duo Friday May 4. This is the debut release for the Nova Scotia ensemble. Prominent musicians and Acadia University faculty Derek Charke (flute) and Eugene Cormier (guitar) produced the album in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

The album includes Musiques Populaires Brésiliennes, a suite of six pieces by Canadian/Brazilian composer Celso Macado with titles named for popular Brazilian sweets such as Paçoca, and Algodão Doce (Cotton Candy.)

The recording also features original arrangements of Scarlatti Sonatas for flute and guitar by Eugene Cormier and published by Productions d’Oz (Québec). The album’s title track “Ex Tempore” is a brand new 6-minute work by Charke, who in addition to being a celebrated flute performer is a JUNO and East Coast Music Award-winning composer. “Ex Tempore” includes driving rhythms and pushes the sonic limits of the flute and guitar combination while also exploring the boundaries between fully-composed material and extemporaneous (or improvised) music.

The album will be available on popular music services including iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon Music. CDs will also be available from, Renaud-Bray, Barnes and Noble and other fine retailers. The Charke-Cormier duo will be hosting album launch events in Wolfville, Nova Scotia (May 12) and Halifax (May 20) to celebrate their debut recording. Visit for more details.

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About Charke-Cormier Duo

: Derek Charke (flutes) and Eugene Cormier (guitar) formed the Charke-Cormier Duo several years ago culminating in a debut recital at the KC Irving Centre in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. This sonorous union of flute and guitar continues to charm audiences across the Maritimes. Their repertoire includes many of the most important works for this pairing of instruments, and creates a sonic journey for audiences from the street corners of Argentina to the halls of Europe, as well as introducing fresh new works created today. Both performers are highly accomplished musicians who are on the teaching faculty at Acadia University’s School of Music.

About Leaf Music: Leaf Music is an independent recording label based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that specializes in high quality classical music recordings by artists and composers from Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.)  Our growing catalogue of solo, orchestral and chamber music is distributed by Naxos of America to the world’s most important music retail, download and streaming providers.

A promotional video for Ex Tempore, our debut album from Leaf-Music, Halifax is now available on YouTube!

Ex Tempore is the debut album from the Nova Scotia-based Charke-Cormier duo. Derek Charke (flute) and Eugene Cormier (guitar) have curated a charming program that includes an original composition by Charke (Ex Tempore), arrangements of Handel and Scarlatti by Cormier paired with works by Peter Maxwell Davies and Brazilian-Canadian composer Celso Machado.

Very excited to announce that Doberman-Yppan (Les Productions d’Oz) from Québec is now the official publisher of our arrangements and compositions for the Charke~Cormier Duo! Two works have been released: 4 Sonatas by D. Scarlatti and arranged by Eugene Cormier, and Ex Tempore by Derek Charke.

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