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An excerpt from this track also features on a short demo video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igCJ7gnt1EA
tidal rhythms course through my body echoes of the ocean of the living planet an eternal ebb and flow a breathing in and out that goes deeper than my shallow breath not just the air in my lungs not just the sea-salt blood pumped by my heart surging out through my arteries and returning through veins something much, much deeper I sit still and my crazy “I” that nagging voice that demands its desires flows out of me as I exhale like the outgoing tide gone I breathe in the energy of the earth the ocean the sun the moon the stars and I am filled with light with infinite peace with patience the noisy “I” is momentarily quiet ©AMNorman
outside my window summer trees stand stunned adorned by water droplets sparkling in the morning light while joyous bird calls fill my house with song a weaving spider keenly watches bees hovering from one flower to the next a vertical string of sarcophagi beads threaded through her web after years of bucketed bathwater the garden laughs as rain resumes its gift this time more insistent than the last heavy foliage bows in gratitude in a world suffused by liquid particles of golden light © Anne M Norman
PDF of score in staff notation available to those who buy this track. Email me for the file. anne@annenorman.com
Walking through a forest... along a beach... I see echoes of repeated patterns; whispered shadows of ideals; spirals, circles, lines, curves... No two waves break with the same ripples or sound; and no two flowers are identical; Yet all are perfect.
a bone, a leaf, a stone, an echo, a shell, a seed, a twig, a feather ... a shadow
for more info about Tunnel Number Five where this was recorded, go to: http://tunnelnumberfive.com/


Beneath the Surface

This album is best listened to in its entirety... an immersion; a journey.

All the music on this album is recorded in Tunnel Number Five under Darwin in August 2015. It contains traditional Zen meditations for shakuhachi (bamboo flute); original compositions and spoken word; improvisations for shakuhachi and violin(s); and a sleeping dragon! Track 4, 10 and 17 are improvisations recorded with a live audience during two underground performances. Spontaneous outpourings of music are fleeting, heard once then lost, so we are most grateful to location recordist David Matthews for his presence in the tunnel with us.

This music sounds great through stereo speakers and AWESOME through headphones to get the full effect of being inside the tunnel. Dave sat with microphones in a hat above his ears, his right ear facing the tunnel end just 22m from his seat, while his left ear faced the entrance 150m away. Both ends have open doorways cut through only part of the concrete wall, so the reflections are fabulous. In the gigs, audience members sat in a long line on either side of Dave, and the performers wandered freely along the full 172m of the tunnel. Each listener chose the placement of their own seat, ensuring a completely unique aural experience: an exciting feature of this venue. So, don your headphones, and join us on a journey beneath the surface.

Thank you to those who came to our concerts; and a big thank you to Robert Marchant of Darwin & Wallaroo Tours for his generous support in making this reverberant space available to record and perform in. We respectfully acknowledge the Larrakia people, in whose land this tunnel lies.
Anne Norman

For information on the performers and concerts in Tunnel Number Five, Darwin World War II Oil Storage Tunnels, visit: tunnelnumberfive.com

If you would like to support me in producing more music and writing up the back stories to my music adventures, please become a patron: www.patreon.com/AnneMNorman
Patrons get a discount on downloading this album


released August 3, 2016

Anne Norman – shakuhachi and poetry
Emily Sheppard – violin
Anja Tait – violin

Sound Engineer: David Matthews


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Anne M Norman Melbourne, Australia

Anne is a shakuhachi player performing in a wide range of music. Anne trained in Japan in 3 lineages with Nakamura Shindo, Tajima Tadashi and Yamaguchi Goro. She has played since 1986 (following 14 years of playing silver flute). Some of Anne's albums are available as Compact Disks.
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