"2015 IS ALL ABOUT EUPHORIC EXPRESSION AND TRANSCENDENCE.. THIS YEAR, I'M RE-RELEASING SOME OF MY FAVORITE OLDER WORK, AND INTRODUCING MANY NEW SOUNDS, SONGS, AND WORDS.. MY NEW PROJECTS INCLUDE THE POP AND ELECTRONIC LES MURAILLES, NEW RELEASES WITH GABRIEL COBURGER AND STEPHAN ABEL (READY FOR RELEASE IN SPRING OF THIS YEAR), A DUO CD OF STANDARDS WITH ACCLAIMED HAMMOND ORGANIST LUTZ KRAJENSKI, AND AN OPERA PROJECT ENTITLED GERARD.
THIS YEAR IS ABOUT THE CHOIR, ABOUT ELECTRONIC SETTINGS, SIMPLIFIED MELODIC PROGRESSIONS, POP, AND ORCHESTRAL ARRANGEMENTS ON STAGE AND IN THE STUDIO. THIS YEAR, I REVISIT THE THEMES OF EUPHORIA, SANCTIFICATION, AND TRANSCENDENCE
IT'S TIME TO DANCE AGAIN, TO COLLABORATE, TO BE RELEASED THROUGH TRANCE, TO MAKE NEW MUSICAL MANTRAS, TO RE-VISIT MY ORIGINS, BOTH MUSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY, TO HONOR THE GREAT MUSICIANS OF PAST GENERATIONS, TO FEEL THE FORCE OF INERTIA AND THEN TO OVERCOME IT. I'M THRILLED TO BE BACK IN THE MOMENT OF NOW AND BY THE MUSICAL PROCESS I AM IN. GLAD TO BE BACK!! ENJOY THE MUSIC AND THE DEDICATION OF MY MANY BRILLIANT COLLEAGUES AND COLLABORATORS. - KEN NORRIS, 2015
EUPHORIC MOVEMENTS, a studio and performance project involving many of my favorite colleagues from classical, Jazz and electronic music. In the spirit of my first two CDs, euphoric movements is one hour of original work composed around a meditation on euphoria, ecstasy, and transcendence. If I stay focused, you can expect some nice collaboration with video artists, dancers and choreographers.
This is my new pop ensemble; Broder Kühne, piano and electronics, Heinz Lichius, drums, Lars Hansen, acoustic- and electric bass, and yours truly, vocals. We are doing some great stuff, stay tuned.
Gerard - a Jazz Opera for Orchestra, Bigband and solo voice. I'm in the process of crafting a heavy libretto to honor of my dear friend Dr. Gerard Fergerson, whose legacy must live on. The piece chronicles his life, as an activist and critic of American health-care policy, and documents, often in his own words, his own struggle against the same failings of our society that he so energetically sought to repair.
KEN NORRIS AND LUTZ KRYENSKI. A GREAT JOY FOR ME TO MAKE MUSIC WITH THE LEGENDARY LUTZ KRAJENSKI. A MIX OF TUNES WITH INTIMATE SETTINGS FOR VOICE AND HAMMOND ORGAN. CD SHOULD BE OUT THIS SUMMER, AND I WILL LET YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT! LOOKING FORWARD