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Michael Norris

Composer, Performer, Presenter

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Born: 1973

Biography

Michael Norris (b. 1973) is a Wellington-based composer, software programmer and music theorist. He holds composition degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and City University, London, and is currently Senior Lecturer in Composition at the New Zealand School of Music (Te Kōkī) at Victoria University of Wellington. He is recipient of the 2001 Mozart Fellowship, the 2003 Douglas Lilburn Prize, the 2012 CANZ Trust Fund Award and has been nominated for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award four times, winning it in 2014 with his work Inner Phases for string quartet and Chinese instrument ensemble.

He has participated in composition courses featuring leading composers such as Peter Eötvös, Alvin Lucier, Christian Wolff and Kaija Saariaho, and has had performances from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Roberto Fabbriciani, Michael Houstoun, the New Zealand String Quartet, NZTrio, Richard Haynes, the Viennese Saxophonic Orchestra, Ensemble Offspring, Stroma, the Israel Contemporary Players and the Ensemble Pierrot Lunaire Wien.

In 2010, he was commissioned by the SWR (Sudwestdeutsche Rundfunk) to write a new chamber orchestra work, Sgraffito, which was premiered at the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2010 by the Radio Chamber Orchestra Hilversum, conducted by Peter Eötvös. Die Zeit reviewed Sgraffitoas one of the highlights of the festival.

Michael is also co-founder and co-director of Stroma New Music Ensemble, and has collaborated with a number of other artists including Daniel Belton and Ashley Brown. He is coordinator of the Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at the NZSM, serves on the boards of the Lilburn Residence Trust and Stroma New Music Trust, and is the Editor of Wai-te-ata Music Press.

Michael's programming work is also renowned. His 'SoundMagic Spectral' suite of real-time FFT-based audio effects have been used extensively in both industry and academia worldwide, and by artists such as Aphex Twin and Brian Eno.

Michael was the winner of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award in 2018.


Composed (56)

14 Islands

for flute/bass flute, percussion, and prepared harp, 10m


Alumina

electroacoustic work, 11m


Amato

for solo piano, 5m


Aquarelle

electroacoustic, 10m


Ars Moriendi

for bass clarinet duo, 5m


Badb

for flute and piano, 5m


blindsight

for mixed chamber quintet, 11m


Chimaera

electroacoustic work, 8m


Chrysalis

for flute and tape, 10m


Claro

for orchestra


dans les debris du temps

for chamber ensemble, 10m


De corporis fabrica

for amplified solo clarinet and video


Deep Field I

for bass-baritone and live electronics


Deep Field III

for flute and live electronics


dirty pixels

for piano trio, 12m


Eight Maps for the Lost

for cello and live electronics, co-composed with Ashley Brown


Elegy for Lilburn

for solo clarinet and string orchestra


Exitus

for string quartet, 20m


From the Lonely Margins of the Sea

for piano and small orchestra, 11m


Heart Across Night

for trombone, double bass and drumkit, 7m


Heavy Traffic

for contrabassoon and orchestra, 12m


Honk!

for saxophone quartet, 9m


Icons and Artifice

for bass clarinet duo, ensemble and electronics


in flexion

for musical saw and tape, 10m


In:flection

for percussion


Inner Phases

for Chinese instrument ensemble and string quartet


Khoomei Loops

for mixed chamber septet, 7m


Kreasi Baru

for gamelan and pre-recorded tape, 9m


Machine Noises

for piano, 6m


Mandala

for gamelan, 5m


Mapoutahi Stands

for symphony orchestra, 8m


Mesophase

for ensemble


Momenta

for chamber septet, 8m


Nightdances

for symphony orchestra, 9m


Orbits of Influence

for twelve saxophones, 9m


Passio

for voices, brass, woodwinds and percussion


Phospheni

for cello and piano


Roh Gunung (Spirit of the Mountains)

for sampelong and amplified saluang, 7m


Save Yourself

for chamber ensemble, 12m


Scintilla

for large chamber ensemble, 7m 30s


Sgraffito

for chamber orchestra


Splinter Cells

for alto/baritone saxophone and chamber ensemble


Sygyt

for throatsinger, ensemble and optional live electronics, 15m


tesserae...interstices

for mixed sextet


TIMEDANCE

a live score for dance, in collaboration with choreographer/filmmaker Daniel Belton., 38m


To the names that have left

for vocal ensemble


Traiga Cuentos la Guitarra

for solo guitar, 9m


Tre Canzoni Imperfette

for solo flute


Violin Concerto ‘Sama’

for violin and orchestra, 22m


Vitus

for chamber ensemble, 6m


Volti

for piano and orchestra


Wind Shear

for solo flute, 9m


Zonam Solvere

for chromatic gamelan and saxophone quartet



Resources (35)

Canzona 2004 vol 25 no 46 - JOURNAL

Commentary or analysis


Canzona 2006 vol 26 no 47 - JOURNAL

Commentary or analysis



Performances (1)

Orchestra Wellington premieres Michael Norris's Violin Concerto

Dvorak’s ‘New World’ is the centrepiece of Orchestra Wellington’s season finale. Featuring Concer...