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Anne M Norman


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Anne Norman is a shakuhachi performer, improviser and composer, working in a diverse range of music creation. An intuitive performer, Anne enjoys spontaneous improvisation with musicians, dancers, actors, poets, visual artists, installation artists and tea masters.

Originally trained on flute, Anne took up shakuhachi in Kobe under Nakamura Shindo in 1986. In 1990 she received a two year grant from the Japanese Government to further her studies of shakuhachi performance at the Tokyo University of Fine Art and Music under Yamaguchi Goro, also studying a third lineage under Tajima Tadashi in Osaka.

Anne performs a range of music on shakuhachi with musicians of diverse traditions, from Baroque sarabandes and Byzantine chant to upbeat collaborations with beatbox artists. She has also composed for the Federation Bells, choirs, instrumental ensembles, found objects and music for dance theatre.

Anne has a Masters in Ethnomusicology (Monash Univ) and a Bachelor of Music, DipEd (Melb Univ). In addition to her performance schedule, she tours to schools nationwide with taiko drummer Toshi Sakamoto, presenting an interactive Japanese Music program. Anne has written a Japanese musical for primary schools and has been a guest presenter at Universities across the country.

In 2009, Anne authored the book Curiosi-tea, and in 2010 she created a theatre show An AFTERNOON absurdiTEA with Camellia Cha, featuring musicians from Tibet, India and China for the OzAsia Festival in Adelaide. Anne also performs as a solo tea raconteur and in duo with tea master Adam Wojcinski in their hilarious show “Nonchalant Bombasi-tea”.

Anne is featured on many CDs, her latest release being Ocean Breath with her trio Breath, featuring Sanshi (Yoshitaka Saegusa) on didjeridu and Reo Matsumoto on beatbox. Anne has performed in concerts and festivals in Australia, Europe, America and Japan. Festivals include: Adelaide Festival of the Arts, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Sydney Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, Tronheim Festival (Norway), Tallin and Parnu Festivals (Estonia), New York International Shakuhachi Festival, Bisei International Shakuhachi Festival (Japan), Sounds Outback WA, and Shinju Matsuri Pearl Festival (Broome).

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