February 2nd 2011: Acadia recording

Anne recorded Acadia with flautist Kathryn Moorhead, a duo for shakuachi and flute by New York composer Elizabeth Brown. This is to be released on a CD by Kathryn of 20th century chamber music for flute through Move Records. Kathryn performs flute in the Auckland Philharmonia, New Zealand.

February 11th/12th 2011: Rain Now and Then

composed Rain Now and Then, a solo for 7-holed shakuhachi. Done while kneeling on my lounge room watching the gentle rain on the garden outside. Rain in February... a rare treat.

Feb 27th 2011: Music of Love and Place

A Geoff D'Ombrain concert at Art Gallery of Ballarat with the Westwind ensemble and guest artist Anne Norman. World premier of Reflections from the Australian Bush by Geoffrey d’Ombrain and the shakuhachi solo Rain Now and Then by Anne Norman.
Gallery Concert, Ballarat, 2.30 p.m. Sunday Feb. 27, 2011. 

Mar 25th-27th 2011: ‘Ringing the Changes’

SwingingBellPlayersAnne Norman’s PPBells are performed by the internationally celebrated ensemble, Strange Fruit, as a part of the Ten Days on the Island festival in Port Arthur, Tasmania.
‘Ringing the Changes’ is performed by acrobats perched atop five-metre poles, swaying among a forest of Anne’s Power Pole Bells and the Federation Bells. The effect is mesmeric, moving and intoxicating, building from quiet meditation to a crescendo of massed bells and percussion. Composer/Conductor: Graeme Leak; Director: Sue Broadway; Choreographer: Nancy Sposato; Costume Designer: Laurel Frank; Set Designer: Michael Baxter; Director on Tour: Phillip Gleeson.
25 - 27 MARCH at 12PM & 2.30PM, DURATION: 25 mins

Mar 29th - Apr 1st 2011: TAIKO Drums and Flutes in Adelaide

TAIKO Drums and Flutes of Japan in Adelaide, SA with taiko performer Toshi Sakamoto through NEXUS ARTS

April 2nd: Christobel’s Soirées ~ 2011

An Evening of Hilari-tea and Musicali-tea. Anne performs poems from her book as well as shakuhachi (bamboo flute), and tells of her adventures in China, Japan and India in her quest for knowledge about tea.
7 for 7.30 p.m. start; Bookings essential: Phone 08 8296 3543 or email xbalta@hotmail
Christobel McLaren, 1 Keys Court, Hove, South Australia, 5048. $12/head (please bring correct money) + supper plate and drink
Download Christobel’s Soirées Flyer

April 9th: Interfaith Prayer and Chant Ceremony for Japan

logoPDFPrayers, chants, music and reflections for the people of Japan following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11, 2011. Sponsored by the Interfaith Centre of Melbourne and the Buddhist Council of Victoria at BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne, Sat 9th April, from 10:00 am to 11:15 am.  Anne is playing the shakuhachi meditation Tamuke 手向, literally ‘Hands held up in Offering (to the Buddha)’.

"... thank you for your very beautiful performance of Tamuke on the shakuhachi, which we all found very moving. .... The music of the shakuhachi conveyed the compassion we felt for the people of Japan..." Reverend Helen Summers. The Interfaith Centre of Melbourne.



May 13th 2011: Japan on My Mind

Turmoil_in_the_Sky2Satsuki Odamura koto with Anne Norman shakuhachi and Melanie Robinson cello. Featuring the mesmerising art of samurai tea ceremony by Ueda Soko Tea Master Adam Wojcinski, accompanied by Phillip Flavin shamisen, Susan Taylor jiuta mai dance, and live calligraphy by the shodo artist Shingo Nozao. Also featuring a small exhibition and introduction to the exquisite art of netsuke (miniature sculptures) by acclaimed netsuke artist Leigh Sloggett.
7:30 for an 8pm start; Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station st Box Hill, Victoria
Price: $18/ $12, Bookings: 03 9417 1983. Sponsored by the Boite
See review and interview with Maireid Sullivan for Japan on My Mind

May 23rd - Jun 3rd 2011: TAIKO Drums and Flutes in Perth

TAIKO Drums and Flutes of Japan in Perth, WA with taiko performer Toshi Sakamoto through NEXUS ARTS

July 13th - 21st 2011: KASA JIZO in Cairns

Anne performs Kasa Jizo and the Wonderful Hat Song in Brisbane and Cairns, Qld, on tour through NEXUS ARTS

Jul 25th - 29th 2011: Kasa Jizo in Victoria

Anne performs Kasa Jizo and the Wonderful Hat Song in rural Victoria through NEXUS ARTS

Aug 6th 2011: Alone in a Strange Place

YOUTUBE clip:  http://www.youtube.com/user/AnneMichelleNorman#p/a/f/0/d7A5kXrdb2cHiroshimaVideo

A video entitled Hiroshima Hibakusha, Mr Yoshinori Tsukishita was screened at the JfP's Peace Concert 2011 on 6th of August 2011 @ the Village Roadshow theatrette at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. The video was made by Shizuka Kandori, and features the shakuhachi piece "Alone in a Strange Place" composed and performed by Anne Norman. Mr Yoshinori Tsukishita is a sumie artist who survived the bombing of Hiroshima.

Aug 16th - Sept 9th 2011: Kasa Jizo in Western Australia

Anne performs Kasa Jizo and the Wonderful Hat Song from Perth to Esperance, WA through NEXUS ARTS

Aug 20th 2011: Nonchalant BombasiTEA in Perth

3:30-5:30pm. Anne performs Nonchalant Bombasi-tea in Perth at the
Hyogo Prefectural Government Cultural Centre
20 Kalinda Drive, CITY BEACH WA 6015
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Aug 27th 2011: Nonchalant Bombasi-tea in Denmark

Anne presents her solo show Nonchalant Bombasi-tea in the Teahouse Bookshop, in Denmark, Western Australia. 3:30 to 5:30pm. $20
enquiries: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    08 9848 1801

Aug 28th 2011: Recital in Denmark


The Rest is Silence...  shakuhachi recital in the Anglican church in Denmark, Western Australia

with guest performers:
   Marie Limondin (violin)
   Justin Chester (didjeridu)

Further information: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 08 9848 2725 
Bookings through Denmark Arts 08 9848 3623

3pm Sunday 28th August, $20

sketch by audience member Robyn Lees, Denmark

Aug 30th 2011: Nonchalant Bombasi-tea in Hopetoun

Tuesday 10am at the Toun Beach Café in Hopetoun, Western Australia
enquiries: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tel: 08 9838 3078

Oct 12th 2011: Performance Seminar

Guest presenter at Box Hill Institute for the Bachelor of Applied Music program:
2 hour Performance Seminar for the 3rd year students about the life of a performing musician. Featuring my journey with the Shakuhachi, the development of the Power Pole Bell sound installations, my various ensembles, theatrical presentations with Camellia Cha, and the Japanese cultural shows that I tour to schools across Australia. 

Oct 15th 2011: Port Fairy Spring Festival

Camellia Cha's Curiosi-tea: Once Upon a Tea, featuring Anne Norman (shakuhachi), Jay Dabgar (tabla) and Josh Bennett (Sitar) with a theatrical interplay of poetry and tea wRap.
Port Fairy Spring Festival, Port Fairy, Western Victoria, Australia. 8:15pm, 75 min, no interval.

Oct 16th 2011: Nonchalant Bombasi-tea in Torquay

A Fund Raising Event for those folk in Japan affected by the 3.11 quake.
TIME: 3pm to 5pm 
VENUE: St Therese Catholic Church, Surf Coast Highway, Torquay, Victoria.
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Oct 23rd 2011: Ringing the Changes

Strange Fruit perform on Anne's Power Pole Bells at the Opening Celebration, Commonwealth Festival in Perth. 6:30 - 8:15pm at Supreme Court Gardens, cnr St Georges Tce and Riverside Dr.

October 24th 2011: Music and Art Discovery Day

Celebrate Children's Week at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Anne created play stations of sound making objects for young children to explore, and also wandered through the Great Hall playing shakuhachi to children and their carers. Organised by the Song Room.


Oct 25th - 28th 2011: Kasa Jizo in Brisbane

Anne performs Kasa Jizo and the Wonderful Hat Song in Brisbane, QLD through NEXUS ARTS

Nov 1st-4th 2011: TAIKO Drums and Flutes in Canberra

TAIKO Drums and Flutes of Japan in Camberra, ACT with taiko performer Toshi Sakamoto through NEXUS ARTS

Nov 8th 2011: 12:30 Music Sans Frontieres interview

Anne Norman speaks to Therese Virtue 3CR 855 AM Melbourne Presenter of Music Sans Frontieres about her up-coming evening of music this Friday the 11th of November. She is joined by Jarek Czevowicz on guitar and they discuss the nature of improvisation, sonic meditation, and Anne's new compostion Rain Now and Then, upon which they will be improvising on Friday along with David Jones (drums and percussion) and Mel Robinson (cello).   

Nov 11th 2011: Rain Now and Then

An evening of improvised music featuring the shakuhachi of Anne Norman
with a fabulous line-up of intuitive music makers:
David Jones (percussion); Mel Robinson (cello); Jarek Czechowicz (guitar).
Friday 11/11/11 at 8pm. Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station st Box Hill
Bookings: 03 9417 1983. Sponsored by the Boite       Rain Now and Then Flyer

Dec 4th 2011: Advent Festival - Gregorian chant

In keeping with a tradition that dates back to medieval times, Anne Norman improvises solos in response to Gregorian chant sung by women’s voices.
Shakuhachi: Anne Norman
Chant: Canticum feminarum
Cantor: Helen Thomson
Date:  Sunday, December 4
Time:  3:30pm for the ‘None’ service
Venue:  Newman College Chapel, Parkville, Melbourne.

A part of the Newman college 2011 Advent Festival      Festival Brouchure for all eventsReader-32

"The combination of shakuhachi and female chanters is a match made in heaven. Not only was the sound of your playing exquisite, but I particularly appreciated the aptness and creativity of your improvisations". Gary Ekkel, Artistic Director, Advent Festival, Newman College.
Click here for Anne's performances with Camellia Cha