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I composed this piece in late April 2016 after a conversation with my father. The words are all his. He is a subatomic physicist and astronomer but these days is legally blind and pretty deaf. In a quiet moment, I asked him "so... what's it like not being able to read or follow conversations?" This is what he said...


For most of my existence,
I've not followed conversations or read books.
Most of my time I've been scattered in the elements of the cosmos.
The time for reading or conversation is only brief...
It's a peaceful letting go, this time of life.
A preparation.


from ensō ~ shakuhachi, violin, viola, vox, released January 13, 2017
music composed by Anne M Norman
lyrics by Peter D Norman
viola and first vocals by Emily Sheppard
shakuhachi and second vocals by Anne Norman
recorded at MOVE studios by Martin Wright on Dec 30th 2016

Very grateful to Emily for her creative spirit and performance skills - she brings this arrangement to life.

Milky Way photo by Yasuo Karaki of Western Australia. His photos are awesome. Check them out here:

For the full background story about my father, check out my blog:


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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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