This conversation is me chatting with musician, author, critic and educator Norman Meehan.
I’ve been a fan of Norman Meehan’s writing and music for some time – I loved his album, Modigliani and have been to several performances where Meehan and Hannah Griffin have interpreted the works of Bill Manhire and other poets; across the last decade Manhire, Meehan and Griffin have collaborated many times, on the stage and across several recordings. (I even wrote the liner notes for one of the albums). Norman and I had shared a few emails but we met for the first time just recently – and so I asked him to come around for a chat.
We talked about his career across music as a teacher, a composer, a player and a critic. We talked about his writing – his book of conversations with Paul Bley is a favourite of mine, his biography of Mike Nock was a great read too and he has recently released a book about New Zealand jazz musicians. He’s a regular voice on Concert FM too, reviewing gigs with passion, authority and balance.
So it was my great thrill to connect with him in this conversation – a wide-ranging chat that takes in religion, philosophy and spirituality and takes on the role of the arts and informed criticism and contemplation.
I hope you enjoy hearing our chat.
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