Charlie Gurke

Music Director

Charlie is a saxophonist, composer, and educator active in the jazz and latin music scenes in the San Francisco Bay Area.  You can hear him perform at venues and festivals around the bay with his own ensemble, Gurkestra, with cuban son quintet Latido, and with the salsa band Candela.  You can also hear Charlie sing with the Deltron 3030 project – recent performances include The Fillmore and the Stern Grove festival.  He began his collaboration with We in 2010, scoring Hamlet on Alcatraz. In addition to scoring We Player’s site-integrated theatre productions, he also played the role of Duke Orsino in the 2012 production of Twelfth Night at Hyde Street Pier. In 2013, he began programming site-integrated concerts for the company, including: Canciones del Mar: Songs of the Sea, exploring songs from Latin America with an all-star ensemble of musicians; and Vessels for Improvisation, which featured a collaboration with the ROVA saxophone quartet and dancer Shinichi Iova-Koga.  He recently scored The River, with Campo Santo theater company.  Charlie teaches jazz ensembles and jazz history at Laney College in Oakland, CA, has been an artist-in-residence at the SF School of the Arts, and a performing artist with the SF Symphony’s Adventures in Music program.  He holds a BA in music composition from Cal State East Bay, and a MM in jazz studies from the University of Oregon, where he was a graduate teaching fellow.