Adam Art Gallery’s Lunchtime talks series continues with composers who share their knowledge in the context of our current exhibition Passages. They will respond to the ways Luke Fowler, Florian Hecker and Susan Philipsz cite and rework material produced by key composers who have reshaped our thinking about touchstone moments in the history of twentieth and twenty-first century experimental music.

Michael Norris, discusses the work of composers featured in Passages, including Christian Wolff, Iannis Xenakis and Hanns Eisler. Drawing on his extensive knowledge as a composer, software programmer and music theorist, Norris surveys the technological and conceptual shifts that underpin the radical turns in music today.

Programme Leader in Composition at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, Michael Norris is a composer based in Wellington. His music has been performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO), Roberto Fabbriciani, Michael Houstoun, the NZ String Quartet, NZTrio, Barbara Lüneburg, Lars Mlekusch, Duo Stump-Linshalm, Richard Haynes, the Viennese Saxophonic Orchestra, Ensemble Offspring, Stroma, the Israel Contemporary Players, Ensemble Reconsil (Vienna) and the Ensemble Pierrot Lunaire Wien. Norris is editor of Wai-te-ata Music Press and Co-Director of Stroma New Music Ensemble.

Next week’s talk will feature composer, performer, sound artist and freelance curator Antonia Barnett-McIntosh. 28 March 2019, 12.30pm at Adam Art Gallery.


  • Thu 21 Mar


  • 12:30 pm


  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Gate 3, Kelburn Parade
  • Wellington 6140