Curriculum Vitae

Anne Michelle Norman
Australian
Born 25th June 1961

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Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Music (University of Melbourne 1979-1982)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (University of Melbourne 1983)
  • Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology (Monash University 1988-1989)
  • Diploma in Japanese (Osaka Univ of Foreign Studies 1990)
  • Shakuhachi performance (Tokyo Univ of Fine Art & Music 1990-91)
  • Small Business Management (NEIS through DEET 1996)

Brief Employment History
  • 2009-2012 Absurd Publications is established as main ABN with ACN. Published first book Curiosi-tea in 2009, which sold nearly 3000 copies. Research trips to Japan, China and India for tea and music. Continuing to perform across Australia in schools through Nexus Arts. Many engagements as Tea Raconteur and producing performances in collaborations with tea masters and musicians from many cultural backgrounds for bodies such as the OzAsia Festival and the Boite World Music Cafe. Regional tour in WA with "Nonchalant Bombasi-tea". Work as sessional recording artist (on shakuhachi) continues.
  • 2001 Tutor in the honours music program and sessional teacher in the 'Centre for Ideas' at the Victorian College of the Arts
  • 1992-2008 Freelance Musician under the business name of AMN Productions; improvisation, performance, music & artistic director roles, and composing for a range of instruments / choral; subcontracting other performers and producing work for Festivals & concert series; intercultural performances in schools & theatre; performances in Melbourne, Sydney, rural Vic & NSW, Perth, Hobart, Adelaide, Canberra, Tasmania; and overseas in Japan, America and Europe. Much of this work involved the administration of Arts grants from bodies such as the Australia Council, Arts Vic, the Sidney Myer Fund
  • 1992-94 Part time Research assistant for the Japanese Music Archive at Monash University, & on scholarship to do PhD (not completed)
  • 1990-92 Shakuhachi performance studies at Tokyo University of Fine Art & Music on a Japanese Government Scholarship. Several recitals, including two major concerts in Tokyo & Kobe of my own compositions for traditional Japanese instruments. Awarded first prize in the `Overseas Students Music Contest of Japan' by the Japan International Cultural Exchange Foundation.
  • 1988-89 MA in Ethnomusicology at Monash University on scholarship. Also studied 3 semesters of Japanese Language at Monash.
  • 1986-88 Travelled through SE Asia studying indigenous musics & cultures. Lived in Japan for 18 months teaching English in Secondary schools and to young children and adults. Studied Japanese music privately in Kobe and formed an ensemble called 'The Kansai Wagakki Players' which did numerous performances and TV appearances.
  • 1984-85 Taught music at Braemar College in Woodend Victoria
Languages
  • Intermediate Japanese
  • very rusty German