Red Notebook home
info art design photography music


Please note: most (but not all) of the bold text on this page is linked.


For recent releases, click: RECENT RELEASES


 Steve Norton – upcoming work & appearances

  • Summer 2020, I will be working with N.B.Aldrich on a sound piece for the American Roundtable project, commissioned by the Architectural League NY. Our project is focused on the Rumford, Maine area. Read an article describing the project, published May 2020 in the Sun Journal, a Maine daily newspaper.
  • September 10 – November 12, 2020, my sound installation Requiem will be part of an upcoming group exhibition at the Moss Arts Center, at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • October 31st (Saturday) 12 - 6 PM, I will be presenting a new sound installation, the Seasons, Central Maine at the Washington St. Art Center in Somerville MA.
  • October 31st (Saturday) 8 - 10 PM, (yes, that same evening) I will be performing in an improvisational performance at the Washington St. Art Center in Somerville MA. The players include Michael Rosenstein, Angela Sawyer, Howard Martin, Tom Plsek and Mary Staubitz. In keeping with the weekend’s installation theme, we will be distributed throughout both floors of the building; the audience will be free to navigate the architectural geography of the building and actively tune their listening experience via the shifting relationship to the sounds of the various players.

Performance archive with media


Read my MFA thesis, entitled From Harmony to the Field.



The folks at Social Distancing Festival website posted a plug for Malaysia Marshall’s interview with me about Requiem on their visual arts page. You can read it here (April, 2020)

Museum of Design Atlanta’s Environmental Programs and Education Coordinator, Malaysia Marshall, took an interview with me about Requiem. It can be found on MoDA’s Web site in their Designing RE Climate Change on-line section. (April, 2020)

Writer Deirdre Fleming’s article/interview about Requiem is in the Portland Press Herald’s Outdoors section. (January 26, 2020)

Maine Audubon director Melissa Kim’s article/interview about Requiem is included in the Winter 2019–20 issue of Maine Audubon’s HABITAT magazine; see page 8. (December, 2019)

Writer Hadley Green’s article/interview about Requiem is on WBUR’s ARTery pages. (March, 2019)

Jazz writer Gordon Marshall’s interview is at at (April, 2010)


Musical biography / discography




Recent sound work – My recent electroacoustic work is up on my soundcloud page.

Solo improvisation – 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), Jesse Kenas-Collins (cornet, clarinet, objects, game calls) and, occasionally, Josh Jefferson (alto sax, bass clarinet, game calls).

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

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

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

Ricochet, with Noell Dorsey, voice and myself 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 ]

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: The trio of Noell Dorsey (voice), Matt Samolis (flute) and myself on bass clarinet gathered for a period to perform Steve Lacy’ epigrammatic opus, Tips. [ more ]

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

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

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