Charlie studied Ethnomusicology at Vanderbilt University, where he explored the music traditions of Ghana, Uganda and South Africa. In 2006, Charlie conducted field research in Khayelitsha, a township of Cape Town, South Africa, working with youth theater for development activists and learning gumboot or isicathulo dance. He earned an M.A. in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he played the 'ud (Arab short-necked fretless lute) in the UCSB Middle East Ensemble, directed by Dr. Scott Marcus, one of the foremost scholars of the Arab maqamat system. In July 2010, Charlie traveled to Cairo, Egypt with the UCSB Middle East Ensemble to play a series of concerts at the Cairo Opera House. At UCSB Charlie performed, studied, and taught a wide array of music and cultural traditions, including Javanese Gamelan, Afro-Brazilian Samba, South African Zion Christian hymnody, Ethiopian Jazz, and the performance rituals of the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans. He currently performs in Austin with the "Atlas Maior" trio and the "Austin Global Orchestra," directed by Roberto Riggio.