Norman Adams (Atlantic) (2014-present)

I have attend­ed CNMN’s FORUM 2010 in Hal­i­fax, FORUM 2014 in Cal­gary and FORUM 2016 in Ottawa. There I have dis­cov­ered a group of peo­ple with the same chal­lenges, wor­ries and goals as I have, with great taste in music! I lend my ener­gy to CNMN and our com­mu­ni­ty in order to help pro­vide our artists and orga­ni­za­tions with a strong and clear voice. I believe pas­sion­ate­ly that we are stronger as a unit, and I would like to play my part as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of artists and orga­ni­za­tions from the East, and all over Canada.

I have a unique expe­ri­ence that can pro­vide per­spec­tive on a broad range of new music prac­tices. I enjoy a career as a clas­si­cal musi­cian, play­ing con­tem­po­rary and more tra­di­tion­al orches­tral and cham­ber music reper­toire, an impro­vis­er with an inter­est in elec­tron­ic music, and Artis­tic Direc­tor and admin­is­tra­tor of an arts orga­ni­za­tion. As Prin­ci­pal Cel­list of Sym­pho­ny Nova Sco­tia, and as fre­quent mem­ber of SNS’s pro­gram­ming com­mit­tees, I have a clear view of the way “the estab­lish­ment” works. At the same time, my thir­teen years as Artis­tic Direc­tor and Admin­is­tra­tor of sud­den­lyLIS­TEN Music has giv­en me the oppor­tu­ni­ty to curate and pro­duce con­certs of a wide vari­ety of con­tem­po­rary musi­cians from estab­lished inter­na­tion­al impro­vis­ers, to locals, all push­ing out the very edges of music mak­ing. As well I am a found­ing pre­sen­ter for The Cir­cuit, a nation­al pre­sent­ing col­lec­tive for tour­ing impro­vis­ers and explorato­ry musicians. 

It is both inspir­ing and ener­giz­ing to work for our nation­al com­mu­ni­ty as a CNMN board member.

Nor­man Adams is the Prin­ci­pal Cel­list of Sym­pho­ny Nova Sco­tia, and the Artis­tic Direc­tor of sud­den­lyLIS­TEN, and a cel­list, impro­vis­er and elec­tron­ic musi­cian explor­ing music, sound cre­ation and per­for­mance. Norm has per­formed clas­si­cal, free and new music across Cana­da, the US, the UK and France, col­lab­o­rat­ing with many lead­ing artists includ­ing Joëlle Léan­dre, Eddie Prévost, Pauline Oliv­eros, Ger­ry Hem­ing­way, Jean Derome and Mar­i­lyn Crispell. In addi­tion to CNMN, Norm serves on the boards of Strate­gic Arts Man­age­ment, and The Nova Sco­tia Lt. Gov­er­nor’s Mas­ter­works Award. He has released sev­er­al record­ings includ­ing a solo cel­lo CD. In 2010 he was award­ed an Estab­lished Artist Award by the Nova Sco­tia Arts and Cul­ture Part­ner­ship Coun­cil for his var­ied work.