Norm Adams

About Norm Adams

I am a Canadian cellist, specializing in free improvised, interactive electronic and classical music. I believe in music made from listening, collaboration and interaction. I love to express the music of our ancestors and the music of my reality. I love to combine and integrate sounds: old and new, acoustic and electronic, pure and processed. I strive to find the music in all sound, getting inside a sound to find its core and expression. I believe that music made out of listening is music of the heart.

Freedman Closes out 17/18

It was 2007 when suddenlyLISTEN first brought Lori Freedman to Halifax. This was by no means her first trip east, she’d been here many times at the Jazz Festival, as a guest of Upstream Music and as a touring artist. I was pretty familiar with her work, and with her sound. As a learning improviser, I wanted to experience that, and as a presenter I wanted to show that […]

By |May 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Glasgow 3

I don’t mind getting to the airport early, it gives me a chance to reflect a bit on the trip that is ending, and people watch….

The past 2 days were both enjoyable and productive. Thursday was spent in talking/coffee drinking about the piece. The question remains how much does Nick capture of me, and how much does he contribute of his own source material. How do we make things […]

By |November 6th, 2017|Norman Adams|0 Comments

Glasgow 2

The past two days have been fascinating. Nick and I continue to confront questions about our piece and imagine new possibilities!

Each day we play together, drink coffee and talk. Plus there are field trips! Yesterday we ventured to the U of Glasgow recording studio to capture the decay time of the vibrations of my cello (Nick is using the sound file as a reverb in his patch. He can […]

By |November 2nd, 2017|Improvisation, Norman Adams, touring|0 Comments

Glasgow 1

I have arrived and am a couple of days into work with Nick Fells. We started with a walk around west end Glasgow, getting the lay of the land, discussing the big picture of the piece and just getting to know each other a bit. Then we went directly into improvising together. I on cello and Nick processing, looping and diffusing me into 8 small speakers using an old […]

By |November 1st, 2017|Improvisation, Norman Adams|0 Comments