My focus this year is on writing a novel, composing, and hiding myself away for creative periods... but here is a bit of info on my whereabouts...

Jan 11th 2014 - Yamagawa Dojo of Bujitsu Anne played shakuhachi at Seaford beach to accompany the first martial arts training for the year. Led by Darren Sensei and Soke Tony. Accompanied by the sound of waves and seagulls.

Feb 19-20th 2014 - Kasa Jizo in Adelaide & Victor Harbour, SA. Solo story-telling shows for kids, through NEXUS ARTS

Feb 24-28th 2014 - TAIKO Drums and Flutes of Japan - Adelaide on tour with Toshi Sakamoto through NEXUS ARTS.

Mar 6th 2014 - Live 'n Local - reading of a chapter from the novel I am working on at Mornington Library.

Mar 12-16th 2014 - Healing Walk - participant in Walking Country with fellow nature lovers, indigenous elders, musicians... Lake Bolac

Mar 17-20th 2014 - TAIKO Drums and Flutes of Japan - Geraldton, WA with Toshi Sakamoto through NEXUS ARTS

Apr 6th 2014 - Melbourne Didjeridu Festival performance with Sanshi (didj), Ben (dun-dun) and Anne (shakuhachi)

Apr 7- May 5th 2014Artist  Residency @ Mountain Seas on Flinders Island. Working on my "Planet SEA" novel, and composing a solo work for shakuhachi.

Apr 11th 2014 - Flinder's Island Review I performed a tea rap and shakuhachi in their annual review. A huge range of acts featuring local talent including the amazing Judy Jacques (song, poetry), Sandro Donati (trumpet) and Jim Everett (poetry).
May 9th 2014 - Ethereal Offering to Ocean and Forest

Anne Norman (shakuhachi/ shruti box/ bell)
Adam Wojcinski (dedication tea/ whirlies)
Dean Frenkl (harmonic overtone singing)
Sarah Wilmot (soprano/ bell/ taiko)
Matsudo Week at Box Hill Community Arts Centre,
470 Station st Box Hill, Victoria.
As a part of the Boite concert series.
Bookings: 03 9417 1983.
FaceBook review by sound and lighting whiz Annabel Warmington:
"Anne is of course a master of the shakuhachi, her concerts are always a treat, and the Matsudo Week extravaganza is a concert I look forward to lighting and participating in each year. If you get the chance to see one of Anne's curated shows, I highly recommend you do so... Anne directed the performance with her usual clarity and peaceful vision."

May 18th 2014 - D’Em studio soirée: Anne Norman
3:00pm at d’Em studio, 9 Webbcona Pde, Wendouree, Victoria, with exotic buffet.
An intimate shakuhachi performance on the outskirts of Ballarat with Geoffrey d’Ombrain (flute, bass recorder, harp) and George de Niese (piano).
Audience review:
"I LOVED your music. At times I felt like I was bending and flowing with it – the gentle “reediness” of it, and simultaneously the purity of tone – magnificent. I loved how you began with those poems, the experience was moving and holistic because of that... my mind was being constantly stimulated with imagery." Linda Zibell

May 20-21st 2014School Shows in Melbourne through NEXUS ARTS

May 24th 2014 - Tea-Cosy Festival Emcee/entertainer for a local talent show, in Gippsland, Fish Creek, Vic.

May 26-30th 2014TAIKO Drums and Flutes of Japan - Perth on tour with Toshi Sakamoto through NEXUS ARTS

June 3-12th 2014Kasa Jizo in Perth, WA. Solo story-telling shows for kids, through NEXUS ARTS

Gyuto Monks in FreoJune 6th - 7:30pm Timeless Voices: Harmonic Chanting Performance by the Gyuto Monks of Tibet with shakuhachi at the Fremantle Yoga Centre, upstairs in E Shed, Victoria Quay, WA. 7:30 - 9pm, $35. Bookings: 0448 817 707.

June 8th Sun - 7pm RAIN: shakuhachi with Feather Folk @ Didgeridoo Breath,6 Market Street, Fremantle, WA. A recital of new and zen shakuhachi works by Anne Norman and collaborations with Sanshi on Didgeridoo and Ben on dundun drum and whirlies. Bookings: 08 9430 6009 Didgeridoo Breath

Jul 9th Wed - 11am: Melbourne 60*60 Anne's 1 minute composition "Afternoon Premonition" is show-cased at the Melbourne Australian Computer Music Association http://acma.asn.au/acmc-2014/conference at VCA Federation Hall. This is part of two 60 minute CDs of short works by Melbourne composers.

Jul 18th 2014 - performed shakuhachi at an interfaith Iftar gathering to celebrate a breaking of the fast in Ramadan, attended by the religious leaders of Melbourne - Buddhist (of every ilk), Zoroastrian, Catholic, Muslim, Hindu... - along with members of the local lay Muslim community and the Australian Intercultural Society. A fantastic night! A deep sense of communing.

Jul 28- Aug 1st 2014Kasa Jizo in Brisbane, QLD. Solo story-telling shows for kids, through NEXUS ARTS

Aug 4-15th 2014 – TAIKO Drums and Flutes of Japan - QLD on tour with Toshi Sakamoto through NEXUS ARTS

Aug 17th 2014 - shakuhachi plays calligraphy guest performer, using the exhibition as my score at the ICCPS exhibition, Orange Regional Art Gallery, NSW (International Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painters Society) featuring artists from around the world. This is the first time the ICCPS has exhibited in Australia. This Exhibition is CANCELLED! Maybe on in 2015??

Aug 29th 2014 - 7pm accompanied Noriko Tadano (tsugaru-jamisen) at "Facing the Fallout" - an address by former Prime Minister of Japan, Mr Naoto Kan, at City of Melbourne Bowls Club Lounge, Flagstaff Gardens, West Melbourne. Sponsored by the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Sept 2-3 - O-Musubi Kororin in Sydney, NSW. Solo story-telling show for kids, on tour through NEXUS ARTS

Sept 28th Sunday - My Bush-Girt Yurt Gig (Whispered Shadows) on Flinders Island. An informal presentation of quiet shakuhachi music and poems in a magic setting. Part of my 2nd creative sojourn on the island as Artist in Residence at Mountain Seas. The Yurt, 811 Trousers Pt Rd. 2pm. Read my poem which girt the yurt with a skirt: http://annenorman.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/an-endless-afternoon/

"the most awe inspiring, soaring experience, intensified by being able to look out the windows at the bush and mountain views that inspired one particular piece..." Lois Ireland, Island News.

Oct 9th - Interview on ABC Tasmania in Launceston studio with presenter, Joel Rheinberger, in Hobart. A snippet of it is here: https://soundcloud.com/936-abc-hobart/the-right-face-for-a-flute

Oct 9th - Interview with The Examiner Newspaper in the Design Tasmania Centre in Launceston:  http://www.examiner.com.au/story/2616357/bamboo-flute-hits-all-the-right-notes-video/?cs=12

Oct 12th Sunday - Whispered Shadows in Launceston. A slow unfolding of spell-binding music involving zen meditations, improvisations and original compositions by Anne Norman  - shakuhachi (bamboo flute). Design Tasmania Centre, corner Brisbane and Tamar streets, Launceston, Tasmania 7250. 12:30 tea and wine tasting; 1pm Recital. Enquiries: Yyan: 0431 570 229  Tickets through TryBooking.

Your 'Whispered Shadows' piece was really amazing!! Gave me hope for what it can mean for the future of contemporary Shakuhachi ... I have a love and obsession for 'extended' techniques ... and 'extended' techniques for shakuhachi are clearly in good hands. Yyan Ng

“Anne [played] her flute and sang with it – two sounds resonating together with words inspired by Flinders Island: ‘a bone; a leaf; a stone; an echo; a shell; a seed; a twig; a feather…’   Anne’s hour long performance was from another place: her flutes, woven with poetry, with stories of her travels, with 600 year old pieces, with Bach, and with Yyan’s improvised guitar… and whirlies… a master of improvisation and adventure.” - Hitting the right note by Hilary Burden, TAS WEEKENDS, The Mercury 22.11.14

See full article here: https://hilaryburden.wordpress.com/2014/11/

Oct 18th - Whispered Shadows in The VOID at MONA, Hobart. 1pm.  Anne Norman (shakuhachi) with Owen Thompson (guitar).

Oct 20-22nd 2014 - School Shows in Melbourne through NEXUS ARTS

Oct 27- Nov 7 2014 TAIKO Drums and Flutes of Japan - Cairns & Townsville FNQLD. On tour with Toshi Sakamoto through NEXUS ARTS

Nov 10-14th 2014 - O-Musubi Kororin in Townsville, QLD. Solo story-telling show for kids, on tour through NEXUS ARTS

Nov 20th - Sacred Soundscape Meditations with Sarah Wilmot (soprano). BYO mat/ pillow/ blanket and get comfy. 7pm to 8pm at Linden Gallery, 26 Acland Street, St Kilda, $20/$13

Dec 3rd 2014 - Sculpted Silence: solo shakuhachi recital in St Kilda public library, 150 Carlisle Street St Kilda Vic 3182. 6:30pm. 03 9209 6202. Bookings essential, but entry is free of charge. http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/sculpted-silence-anne-norman-shakuhachi-tickets-14101169979?aff=eorg

Thank you for your performance last night. Our attendees loved it and the feedback they gave us was fantastic. One of our respondents said that your performance was “superb - a very engaging, original, talented musician who educated and charmed her audience” - Port Phillip Library Service


Dec 13th Sat @ 1pm and 6:30pm (2 shows) - 19th annual Taiko concert of Wadaiko Rindo students and ensemble players with GUEST PERFORMER: Anne Norman (shakuhachi). At Xavier College's Eldon Hogan Performing Arts Centre (EHPAC), on Barkers Road in Kew. Tickets: $15 (full) / $12 (concession). For reservations contact Toshi Sakamoto This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (0421 307 236).

Dec 31st Wed @ 8:30pm blowing bamboo with the Gyuto Monks of Tibet as they perform their Puja in Dromana, on the Mornington Peninsula. Followed by a party at 9:30pm and wander to the beach for a final chanting in the New Year with shakuhachi and lapping waves and distant fireworks. All welcome. The Gyuto Monk's puja chanting with shakuhachi is in a multi-purpose room in Dromana Primary School in McCulloch st from 8:30.