Live Bass Improv (2010) consists entirely of acoustic bass sounds performed by bassist Annabella Leslie and recorded by students at Rice Electroacoustic Music Labs (REMLABs). The sounds are arranged to give the impression of a bassist performing a live and virtuosic improvisation.
Charles Halka’s music has been performed in North America, Europe, and Asia by such groups and musicians as Katie Hyun (USA), Nolan Pearson (USA), Giovanni Scaglione (Quartetto di Cremona, ITALY), counter)induction (USA), Volti (USA), ÓNIX Ensamble (Mexico), Aquarius (Belgium), Jauna Muzika (Lithuania), and Pictures on Silence (USA). As a U.S. Fulbright grantee, he spent a year in Lithuania writing an opera, Julius, which premiered in 2010, and a choral excerpt from the opera, Dipukų Rauda, was performed at the ISCM World Music Days 2012 in Belgium. In 2011, Round and Round was premiered in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress, and in 2013 a revised version was premiered in Hong Kong at the Intimacy of Creativity partnership led by composer Bright Sheng. Most recently, Scherzo for orchestra was awarded Special Distinction in the 2013 ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Prize. Charles attended conservatories in the U.S., Russia, and Lithuania and holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Rice University. His teachers included Michael Hersch, Judah Adashi, Richard Lavenda, Kurt Stallmann, Pierre Jalbert, and Arthur Gottschalk. Charles is Artist-in-Residence at the Foundation for Modern Music (Houston).