Author Archives: anne norman

About anne norman

musician, shakuhachi player, author, poet, tea lover...

emerging from Lockdown

… into undulating sand dunes Is it real? Is it safe? How long will it last? Do I dare to make plans? Will touring and performing be a possibility… Really? My agent calls and tells me she is booking school … Continue reading

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Song Appetit – reviews

A gig of doodles with music These are the amazing responses from the 102 households who attended my online gig during lockdown here in Melbourne on Sept 16 2020. For 70 minutes, I shared my music video clips, COVID stories, sculptures and … Continue reading

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Sculpted Silence on PATREON

I am launching into a new adventure. Patreon. https://www.patreon.com/AnneMNorman I am brand new to Patreon and am jumping on board, as it’s an excellent forum on which to create a major on-going work with the support of friends and patrons. … Continue reading

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Ellie’s first Sentence

according to Aunty Anne… The drawing that hung over my bed always drew a comment from Ellie whenever she came to stay.  Her first critique of the work was an enthusiastic “Mmm.” She couldn’t talk and was barely walking.

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Uzura Gallery solo Recital

Two short reviews emailed to me by shakuhachi professionals from different shakuhachi lineages who came to my recital in Kyoto. I have added translations. It is always wonderful to receive correspondence following a concert. Thank you Izumi Takeo and Inayoshi … Continue reading

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Nagomi-tei Yokohama

REVIEWS of  Moon in Water   in Japanese with English translation. — a concert by Anne Norman (shakuhachi) & Uehata Masakazu (piano & reed organ) 14th  July 2019, Nagomitei, Yokohama. 日本古来の楽器である尺八で奏でられた音は、私の知るそれとは全く別次元のモノでした。最早それは尺八ではなく、あえて名前をつけるとしたらShakuhachiという新しい楽器の音色に、心を静かに揺さぶられる感覚にとらわれた。

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New Moon tea ceremony

Rising just before my alarm at 5:20am, I went for a walk in the garden. No stars in sight. Not a breath of wind. My first sounds of predawn were cries of an unseen flock of white cockatoos. The “hour … Continue reading

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damp and raucous silence

from my soft perch of mossy green between tangled roots of Tannenbaum I hear faint clanging sounds

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Seven Tanka Writing

An essay by Joe Browning written in May 2017 People and chatter filled the colourful, high-ceilinged room perched on an upper floor in the Melbourne Recital Centre – a bright, airy setting for a new music concert, promising something fresh … Continue reading

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Ursula Genaehr’s funeral

2pm, 26th June 2017 People entered the large stone Church of St Matthews in Albury NSW, speaking in hushed tones. Down the front of the church was the coffin, painted with humpback whales breaching in an ocean of pastel blues … Continue reading

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