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Anne Norman

Norman, Anne
Shakuhachi
anne@annenorman.com

B.Mus., Dip.Ed. (Melb Univ), MA (ethnomusicology) (Monash)
Anne is a composer and performer of shakuhachi. Originally trained on flute, Anne took up the shakuhachi in 1986 in Kobe under Nakamura Shindo and later studied under Tajima Tadashi in Osaka. In 1990 she received a two year grant from the Japanese Government to study shakuhachi with Yamaguchi Goro at Tokyo University of the Arts.
Anne works as a freelance musician in collaborative improvisation and contemporary Australian music for shakuhachi in combination with a variety of other artists. She has performed in major arts festivals in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and in Norway and Estonia. In Japan, Anne has performed in numerous concerts including two recitals of her own compositions for Japanese instruments.

Anne is a member of the ensemble Jouissance which places the music of Hildegard and other 6th to 13thC Latin & Byzantine chant in a contemporary framework. Her duo Questing Spirit with harpsichord gives recitals of contemporary Australian works as well as Baroque and Japanese repertoire (QS performed for PM Koizumi in 2002 in Sydney). Anne has written, directed and performed music for theatre and dance, as well as the federation bells, koto, choirs and found objects. She conducts a visiting Japanese Music in Schools program for schools throughout Australia. Anne’s music is featured on national and local radio including live broadcasts for the ABC, and she is regularly engaged as a recording artist for CDs and film.

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Students

Albums

Akathistos Fragments Akathistos Fragments

Breath of Creation Breath of Creation

Traditional folk melodies from Japan, Ireland and England; European art music (Bach, Couperin, van Eyck, Vivaldi): Honkyoku (traditional zen meditations); 20th century compositions and collaborative improvisations. A wonderful juxtaposition of two flute traditions.

Driftwood Driftwood

Original composition. Shakuhachi, didgeridu along with other traditional and modern instruments.

Gift Gift

Spontaneous improvisations with shakuhachi and guitar.


Hildegard's Blood

12th century chants of Hildegard and Abelard in post-modern recontextualization with voice, double bass, percussion and shakuhachi.

Kagome Kagome

Shakuhachi with koto, traditional instruments and voice. Inspired by themes of an ancient Japanese children's song.

On the Wings of a Butterfly On the Wings of a Butterfly

Scent of Time Scent of Time

Up the Creek Up the Creek

Tracks Recorded

ShakuhachiAlbum
Beside the StreamDriftwood
Beside the StreamDriftwood
Beside the StreamDriftwood
Budding FrondsDriftwood
Distant HorizonDriftwood
Distant HorizonDriftwood
Distant HorizonDriftwood
Distant HorizonDriftwood
Distant HorizonDriftwood
Distant HorizonDriftwood
Distant HorizonDriftwood
Distant HorizonDriftwood
Driftwood SpearDriftwood
Driftwood SpearDriftwood
Drip DrortDriftwood
Drip DrortDriftwood
Fibonacci FlowersDriftwood
Fibonacci FlowersDriftwood
Fibonacci FlowersDriftwood
Fibonacci FlowersDriftwood
Fibonacci FlowersDriftwood
Fibonacci FlowersDriftwood
Fibonacci FlowersDriftwood
Fibonacci FlowersDriftwood
Petrified ForestDriftwood
Shake a Dead GeraniumDriftwood
Shake a Dead GeraniumDriftwood
Shake a Dead GeraniumDriftwood
Shake a Dead GeraniumDriftwood
Shake a Dead GeraniumDriftwood
Shake a Dead GeraniumDriftwood
Shake a Dead GeraniumDriftwood
Shake a Dead GeraniumDriftwood
Shake a Dead GeraniumDriftwood
Shake a Dead GeraniumDriftwood
Shake a Dead GeraniumDriftwood
Shake a Dead GeraniumDriftwood
Sleeper AwakesDriftwood
Sleeper AwakesDriftwood
Sleeper AwakesDriftwood
Sleeper AwakesDriftwood
Sleeper AwakesDriftwood
Sleeper AwakesDriftwood
Sleeper AwakesDriftwood
Sleeper AwakesDriftwood
Sleeper AwakesDriftwood
Sleeper AwakesDriftwood
Sleeper AwakesDriftwood
Sleeper AwakesDriftwood
Sleeper AwakesDriftwood
Their Smooth Dark Flames Flicker at Times Own RootDriftwood
Their Smooth Dark Flames Flicker at Times Own RootDriftwood
Whispering Lunar IncantationsDriftwood
Whispering Lunar IncantationsDriftwood
Whispering Lunar IncantationsDriftwood
Whispering Lunar IncantationsDriftwood

Composed or Arranged

Shakuhachi Compositions
YearTitleKanjiAlternate Title
1995
Beside the Stream

1995
Budding Fronds

1995
Distant Horizon

1995
Driftwood Spear

1995
Shake a Dead Geranium

1995
Sleeper Awakes

1995
Their Smooth Dark Flames Flicker at Times Own Root

1995
Whispering Lunar Incantations


The International Shakuhachi Society - 2018