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 Steve Norton – Upcoming Shows

  • November 30th (Thursday) 7 PM, I will be performing a duo improvisation with Michael Rosenstein at a private party in the grad space at the IMRC Center, Stewart Commons, University of Maine Orono, ME 04469-5785. Also performing: Eleanor Kipping and Ali Asgar doing Marina Abramovich’s “Living Door”; many others will be showing work as well, and it will be a nice hang. Some refreshments will be provided. Please come!
    About the performance: This past year, Steve Norton and Michael Rosenstein have spent time collecting and analyzing sounds with audio microphones, electrocoil pickups, and home-built instruments: contact mics, hydrophones and photodiodes. Field trips have taken them variously to dingy basements, industrial buildings and domestic spaces, and on city walks, beach sojourns, forest explorations. As inveterate improvisers, the two will weave a spontaneous set from their sonic harvest, either used as captured or mangled, distressed and otherwise augmented.

Performance archive with media


Press: Writer Gordon Marshall wrote this nice article/interview on me at


Biography / Discography


Current projects

Means of Production This is my on-line and CD-R label.

Solo For a full description, see this page.

Duck That This group was formed to focus on game calls (!) as a sound source. I play saxophones, large clarinets, percussion and game calls with Angela Sawyer (electronics, voice, game calls), Josh Jefferson (alto sax, bass clarinet, game calls) and Jesse Kenas-Collins (cornet, clarinet, objects, game calls). For more info, see the Duck That MySpace page.

Symptomatic, with Vic Rawlings on analog electronics and me on reeds. Obstinate strata; solid blocks of texture. [ more ]

Endguys, the working title of my 20-plus year collaboration with Matt Samolis. [ more ]

Ricochet, with Noell Dorsey, voice and me on reeds. Delicate filigree and woodland animal sounds. Can be very quiet. [ more ]

LMNo!, with Lucio Menagon on guitar and me on reeds; both of us on electronics. Shifting, evolving sonic mayhem. [ more ]

Kilter, with Curt Newton on percussion and me on reeds. Straight-up free improv, building on our 20+ years of playing together. [ more ]

Farmhands, wherein Arkm Foam and I take on wheelbarrows, manure rakes, piano harps and a whole lot of reeds. [ more ]

Grizzler is an improvising large ensemble lead by Dave Gross. Numbering anywhere between 9 and 13 (and sometimes more!) players, Grizzler concentrates its energies on the layering of individual voices and the intersection of the ensemble and the space. I primarily play baritone saxophone and bass clarinet. The group has no Web site yet, but Dave Curry (our violist) wrote a nice blog entry about the band here.

Steve Lacy’s Tips: we’ve assembled a trio of Noell Dorsey (voice), Matt Samolis (flute) and me on bass clarinet to perform Steve Lacy’ epigrammatic opus Tips. [ more ]

Glacier Harvest (An MP3 album by Steve Norton & Matt Samolis)

debris (my band for 12 years, 1986 – 1998)