Biography

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Katharine Norman is an internationally recognized composer of work for instruments and digital resources, often inspired by people’s experience of place and landscape. Over the past 10 years she has developed a concurrent profile as a writer, frequently using her own text and voice in her compositions. Computer programming forms an essential part of her creative work and she is a skilled programmer in a number of areas.

She is interested in developing a true integration of live music and text (both spoken and visual), sometimes working closely with a commissioning performer. Recent works include Making Place, an interactive work for performers, animated text/image and sound, commissioned by pianist Kate Halsall. As with other recent works, the instrumentation is flexible, with various arrangements for other instrumentalists.Two interactive text/sound compositions, A walk I do, for flautist Carla Rees; and Paul’s Walk, for clarinetist Paul Roe, use the commissioning performer’s informal description of a favourite walk as ‘found material’. Fuga Interna (begin), for piano and digital sound, with a spoken text about her first piano lessons and her mother’s Alzheimers, has been performed widely, in particular by Xenia Pestova.

Among performances of Katharine Norman’s music are the ISCM World Music Days, a number of selections for the International Computer Music Conference, and recent performances at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Sonoritiies Belfast, EMF New York, ZKM Karlsruhe, and various universities and venues in the UK and USA. Several pianists have championed her significant body of music for piano and piano/electronics, including Kate Halsall, Philip Mead, Stephen Gutman, Xenia Pestova, and Andrew Zolinsky. Her composition has received mentions and awards from the Holst Foundation, Bourges International Competition, Alea III, Noroit, Russolo, and many selections for the International Computer Music Conference. She has had funding support from a number of bodies including the Arts Council England, Canada Council for the Arts, BBC, Britten-Pears Foundation and various regional arts bodies, and has served on the commissioning panels for both Arts Council of England and the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as on many other juries to promote the work of fellow composers. Her work is recorded on the NMC, Innova, Discus and Metier labels.

As a writer, her digital fiction and non-fiction have featured in various festivals, publications and conferences. Window (for John Cage), an interactive ‘sound-essay’, won the 2012 New Media Writing Prize and was selected for the 2016 collection of the Electronic Literature Organization. Her experimental and scholarly writing on music, sound art, and on interdisciplinary areas includes a book, Sounding Art (Eight Literary Excursions through Electronic Music) (Ashgate, 2004), and more recent writings on aspects of soundscape, listening and everyday experience in publications from Cambridge University Press, Routledge and Ashgate. For more information see novamara.com

Katharine Norman received her PhD in composition from Princeton, and for some time worked in academia before deciding to find other strategies for continuing as a composer and writer. She spent several years on a small island in Canada, supporting her work through freelance editing and writing, and is currently back in the UK working part-time in publishing. More information, as well as online access to a variety of published writings, music, and sound works, can be found at her web page, www.novamara.com.

 

 

Short biography

Katharine Norman is an internationally recognized composer of work for instruments and digital resources, often inspired by people’s experience of place and landscape. Over the past 10 years she has developed a concurrent profile as a writer. Computer programming forms an essential part of her creative work and she is a skilled programmer in a number of areas.

Recent performance works exploring interactive image, text and sound include Making Place, commissioned by pianist Kate Halsall, A walk I do, for Carla Rees; and Paul’s Walk, for Paul Roe. Fuga Interna (begin), for piano and digital sound is based on her experience of her mother’s Alzheimer’s, and has been performed widely, in particular by Xenia Pestova. As a writer, her digital fiction and non-fiction have featured in various festivals, publications and conferences. Window (for John Cage), an interactive ‘sound-essay’, won the 2012 New Media Writing Prize.

Katharine Norman received her PhD in composition from Princeton, and for some time worked in academia before deciding to find other strategies for continuing as a composer and writer. She spent several years on a small island in Canada, supporting her work through freelance editing and writing, and is currently back in the UK working part-time in publishing.

For more information, see www.novamara.com

 

 

 

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Writings on sound and art

 

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Katharine Norman, 2016