Norman Adams is the Artistic Director of suddenlyLISTEN Music, and is a cellist, organizer, teacher and creator. Norm is a former Principal Cellist of Symphony Nova Scotia (1991 – 2018), has been guest Principal Cellist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and has performed chamber, new and improvised music throughout Canada, the US, Europe and the UK, (most recently at La Biennale di Venezia 2018).
Norman’s passion is creating, performing and presenting new, improvised and electronic music. Through this work he has had opportunities to collaborate with many leading artists including Joëlle Léandre, Gerry Hemingway, Eddie Prévost, Lawrence Casserley, Pauline Oliveros and Marilyn Crispell.
Norm currently performs and tours with Strata (with Brandon Auger), Chimera (with Francois Houle and Tim Crofts) Collateral (with Sam Shalabi and Tim Crofts) and Augmented Celli (with Nicola Baroni). He is also frequently heard with pianist Barbara Pritchard, and fellow cellist India Gailey.