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.

Listening. Listening?

Summer is a good time for thinking. For me it is the pause between the old and new year, and I often find myself pondering what I have done and how it might be done better or even differently.

The thought of 2016 was concerts. The idea of the formal performance, in a space with good acoustics, comfy chairs and a stage with lights, is one that may not be […]

By |September 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Big Recording Project II

Well, I’ve been working at it. The Big Recording Project. Each day I head down to my little room at 1313 Hollis Street and commit something to digital permanence. “Permanence” ….

It’s been an interesting process. My time has been pretty scattered due to The Cello of Mr. O, and then the big recording project for Derek Charke in Wolfville, so some days I’m there for 30 minutes, some days […]

By |May 24th, 2016|Improvisation, Norman Adams, The Workshop|0 Comments

The Big Recording Project

I’ve been thinking about this for a while: A solo record.

I don’t think of myself as a soloist really, but I am definitely a person who faces a challenge: “why am I NOT a solo player?” I ask myself….

I dug in a bit last spring in Prince George, BC at The Casse Tete Festival where I had a chance to play 2 sets alone. It was a challenge and […]

By |April 26th, 2016|Improvisation, Norman Adams|0 Comments

Glasgow Blog 6

The final 3 days of the trip to Glasgow were a whirlwind, both literally and figuratively. I’m actually safely at home in Halifax now but I’ll give you the rundown of the past very eventful days!

Wednesday dawned (around 9am, I mean really!) wet and blustery. I was expecting wet in Scotland, but when I went outside to run an errand, the conditions were profound: The rain cut when it […]

By |December 12th, 2015|Improvisation, Norman Adams, touring, Uncategorized|0 Comments