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Norman Meehan

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Biography

Norman Meehan is a New Zealand composer and performer. A well-established and active jazz pianist, Norman has performed original music at festivals and in concerts throughout the country and in Europe. His album Modigliani (Ode, 2007) was nominated for Best Album in the New Zealand Jazz Awards in 2008.

Since 2008 his primary musical focus has been setting poetic text as song. This work has seen him complete six albums featuring his settings of texts by poets including e. e. cummings (sun, moon, stars, rain, Attar Music, 2009) and Bill Manhire (Buddhist Rain, Making Baby Float, Rattle Records, 2010, 2011). The book and CD set These Rough Notes (VUP, 2012), a meditation on Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated expedition to the South Pole, featured the poetry of Bill Manhire and the photographs of Anne Noble. A subsequent book and CD set Tell Me My Name (VUP, 2017) features riddles and charms prepared by Bill Manhire and the photographs of Peter Peryer. Small Holes in the Silence (Rattle Records, 2015) includes settings of a number of significant New Zealand poets including Manhire, James K. Baxter, Hone Tuwhare, Eileen Duggan, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell and David Mitchell. All of these albums feature performances by Norman on piano with Wellington-based vocalist Hannah Griffin, and their work together is documented in the film Persuading the Baby to Float (Attar Media, 2012).

As a concomitant to his composition and performance work, Norman is the author of two books focused on New Zealand music: Serious Fun: The Life and Music of Mike Nock (Victoria University Press, 2010), an accessible biography of one of New Zealand’s greatest musicians; and New Zealand Jazz Life (Victoria University Press, 2017), which surveys the vibrant local scene and draws from interviews with many of New Zealand’s leading jazz musicians.


Composed (69)

1950s

for jazz voice and ensemble


Across the Water

for unaccompanied voices, 1m 50s


Across the Water

for jazz voice and ensemble


Bad Man

for jazz voice and ensemble


Ballad of the Hurting Girl

for voice, piano and saxophone


Beekeeper

for saxophone, piano and bass, 3m 52s


birthday

for jazz quartet, 5m 20s


Biscuithead

for jazz quintet, 7m


Blue Rain

for voice, piano and saxophone


Buddhist Rain

for jazz piano and vocals, 6m 20s


Coming to the Rescue

for jazz voice and ensemble


Death of a Poet

for voice, piano and saxophone


did I black out?

for jazz quartet, 11m 30s


dogs I have known

for jazz quartet, 6m 20s


Dreams, Yellow Lions

for voice, piano and saxophone


Edward

for sax, piano and bass, 4m 57s


Erewhon

for voice, piano and saxophone


Fishgirl

for jazz quintet, 8m 30s


Free Motian

for sax, piano and bass, 5m 22s


Frost

for voice, piano and saxophone


Garden Gate

for jazz piano and vocals, 3m 30s


Good Friday

for jazz quartet, 5m 30s


High Country Weather

for voice, piano and saxophone.


in time of daffodils

for jazz piano and vocals, 2m 20s


Kevin

for jazz voice and ensemble


Making Baby Float

for jazz voice and ensemble


midnight

for jazz piano and clarinet, 4m 20s


Mo' Scocious

for jazz quintet, 5m


modigliani

for jazz quartet, 9m 20s


moon

a duo written together with Nick van Dijk for jazz piano and trumpet, 3m 30s


My Sunshine

for jazz piano, saxophone and vocals, 4m 20s


Nick van Dijk

for sax, piano and bass, 4m 17s


one of three

for jazz quartet, 11m 50s


Pacific Raft

for sax piano and vocals, 3m 30s


Poem

for jazz piano, clarinet and vocals, 3m 50s


Poem Beginning with a Line by Ralph Hotere

for jazz voice and ensemble


pretty how town

for jazz piano, clarinet and vocals, 4m 30s


rain

for jazz piano, 2m 30s


Rain

for voice, piano and saxophone


Rattledog

for jazz trio, 5m


Rehearsing the Choir

for jazz voice and ensemble


Roma in the Present Tense

for big band, arranged by Matt Harris


S.T.B.

for sax, piano and bass, 6m 15s


Song

for jazz piano, saxophone and vocals, 3m 20s


stars

for jazz piano, 3m 45s


stillness

for jazz piano and vocals, 5m 30s


sun

a duo written together with Nick van Dijk for jazz piano and trumpet, 3m 50s


The Bells

for jazz quintet, 10m


The Hawk

for jazz voice and ensemble


The Occupation Against Time

for jazz piano and vocals, 5m


The Oreti River

for jazz piano and vocals, 4m 30s


The Proof

for jazz piano, saxophone and vocals, 4m


The River

for jazz piano, saxophone and vocals, 3m


the sky was candy

for jazz piano, trumpet and vocals, 4m 30s


The Voyage

for jazz piano, clarinet and vocals, 3m 50s


The Wrong Crowd

for jazz voice and ensemble


To Begin

for jazz piano and saxophone, 2m 30s


To Elespie, Ian & their Holy Whanau

for voice, piano and saxophone


tumbling hair

for jazz piano, saxophone and vocals, 4m 20s


Unwind

for sax, piano and bass, 3m 57s


View of the Moon

for sax, piano and bass, 4m 33s


voices / angels

for jazz quartet, 12m 15s


Voices / Angels

for jazz voice and ensemble


waking

for jazz piano and clarinet, 3m


Warehouse Curtains

for voice, piano and saxophone


who are you, little i?

for jazz piano, clarinet and vocals, 5m 30s


Wingatui

for jazz voice and ensemble


Words and Roses

for voice, piano and saxophone


Yellow Room

for voice, piano and saxophone